Paula Prentiss was born Paula Ragusa on March 4, 1939 in San Antonio, Texas. She attended Northwestern University where she met Richard Benjamin, who she married in 1961. She was offered a film contract while still at Northwestern, and even though she had originally planned on becoming a doctor, Prentiss entered the contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Her earlier films brought her fame as a comedic actress as her roles that included the light-hearted movies "Where the Boys Are" and "What's New, Pussycat?" She later appeared in films with famous actors including Rock Hudson in "Man's Favorite Sport?", John Wayne and Kirk Douglas in "In Harms Way," and with Alan Arkin in "Catch 22" and "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers." In 1967 Prentiss and Benjamin starred in "He & She," a popular sitcom on CBS. She was nominated for an Emmy for the show in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Comedy.