Paula Prentiss

Paula Prentiss

Highest Rated: 91% The World of Henry Orient (1964)

Lowest Rated: 7% Mrs. Winterbourne (1996)

Birthday: Mar 4, 1938

Birthplace: Not Available

Texas native Paula Prentiss was the daughter of an Italian-born oil company labor relations man. Her reputation as a cut-up at Virginia's Randolph Macon School would haunt her in "I knew her when" magazine articles for the rest of her life. She buckled down long enough to study drama at Northwestern University, where she met future husband Richard Benjamin. In 1960, Prentiss was signed by MGM, which groomed her for stardom in such films as Where the Boys Are (1960), The Honeymoon Machine (1961), and The Horizontal Lieutenant (1963). Her unique comic gifts and offbeat personality would seem to make her more suited to screwball supporting parts than romantic leads, though she's certainly had her share of both. In 1967, Prentiss co-starred with husband Dick Benjamin in He and She, a TV sitcom which, despite low ratings, accrued a loyal cult following. She continued popping up in excellent film roles into the 1980s, as well as appearing in TV movies like MADD: Mothers Against Drunk Driving (1983). Paula Prentiss is the older sister of actress Ann Prentiss.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
58% I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House Iris Blum 2016
No Score Yet Born To Race Veronica 2012
No Score Yet Hard Four Sweet Cherrie 2010
No Score Yet Hard Four Actor 2005
7% Mrs. Winterbourne Rude Nurse (uncredited) 1996
No Score Yet M.A.D.D.: Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Actor 1983
No Score Yet Packin' It In Actor 1983
63% Buddy Buddy Celia Clooney 1981
10% Saturday the 14th Mary 1981
40% The Black Marble Sgt. Natalie Zimmerman 1980
No Score Yet No Room to Run Terry McKenna 1978
67% The Stepford Wives Bobbie Markowe 1975
90% The Parallax View Lee Carter 1974
No Score Yet Crazy Joe Anne 1974
33% Last of the Red Hot Lovers Bobbi Michele 1972
29% Born to Win Veronica 1971
79% Catch-22 Nurse Duckett 1970
29% What's New, Pussycat? Liz 1965
42% In Harm's Way Bev McConnel 1965
91% The World of Henry Orient Stella Dunnworthy 1964
64% Man's Favorite Sport? Abigail Page 1964
No Score Yet Follow The Boys Actor 1963
No Score Yet Bachelor in Paradise Linda Delavane 1961
No Score Yet The Honeymoon Machine Pam Dunstan 1961
No Score Yet The Horizontal Lieutenant Molly Blue 1961
88% Where the Boys Are Tuggle Carpenter 1960

TV

Credit
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Leonora Holt 1992
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest Host 1980

QUOTES FROM Paula Prentiss CHARACTERS

Bobbie Markowe says: The thing is, given the choice, I don't want to squeeze the god damned Charmin.

Bobbie Markowe says: The women in Stepford love housework, and we thought there might be something in the water...

Raymond Chandler says: Where did you find her?

Tuggle Carpenter says: Girls like me weren't built to be educated.

Tuggle Carpenter says: We (girls like us) were made to have children. That's my ambition--to be a walking, talking baby factory.