Married 51 years, she started as a contract player at MGM and became a noted comedienne – his breakthrough film role was in “Goodbye, Columbus” and he went on to direct. (A big aside: one of my favorite movies, “My Favorite Year”, watch it on Valentine’s!)


He and She TV.

Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss

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  1. February 10, 2013

    What a great and talented couple. I remember watching ‘He & She’ on TV as a kid and adoring them. My jaw literally dropped to the floor when I caught them in 1970’s ‘Catch-22’ film adaptation — especially one scene with Paula. Love that early and recent images of the couple. Thanks, Vickie.

    • February 10, 2013

      I heard “He & She” was a sophisticated (but short lived) comedy that set the tone for the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” and the James L. Brooks sit-coms of the 70’s… I’ll see if I can find an episode. I just love them and you’re welcome!

  2. February 10, 2013

    I love, “My Favorite Year!” I’ll watch it on Valentines’s since I have nothing better to do. Maybe I’ll write myself the romantic letter I always wanted. 🙁

    These are incredible pictures. I always loved her face.

    • February 10, 2013

      I dug out my copy a couple of days ago – by Saturday it may be playing here on a perpetual loop.

      A reader commented months ago I should read Errol Flynn’s “My, Wicked, Wicked, Ways” but I think for now I’ll settle for the fantasy in the movie 😉

  3. February 10, 2013

    I love Paula Prentiss. I first got a glimpse of her comic talents in Bachelor In Paradise…she nearly stole the movie from Bob Hope and Lana Turner!

    • February 10, 2013

      She was great, I think she still does theater from time to time… Her comedic timing… plus that voice… As my Auntie would say, “What’s not to love?”

      • February 10, 2013

        She has everything to love in my book.

  4. George Kaplan
    February 13, 2013

    I really like Richard (with and without moustache) and Paula, both talented likeable people, they still look well, *and* they’re still together – hooray! Love My Favourite Year too. Peter O’Toole (as an Errol Flynn analog I think) and pre-Perfect Strangers Mark Linn-Baker hilarious.
    Great films for St Valentine’s Day – Bringing Up Baby, A Matter Of Life and Death, Penny Serenade (yes, it’s a weepie!), Topper (yes, Cary and Madeleine die but they are together and having fun even then!), The Apartment, and Roman Holiday.

    • February 13, 2013

      Ah ha, three Cary Grant movies in your Valentine’s picks!
      I have to say, “Indiscreet” and “Notorious” are terrifically romantic too…

  5. George Kaplan
    February 13, 2013

    Ah, Vickie, dear heart! I’m actually annoyed with myself for not really noticing that (and ol’ Archie is still chrysalis-stage in Topper, he’s okay but Madeleine C, Billie Burke, Roland Young et al are arguably better) but I love those movies. 😉
    I agree about Notorious in particular. The kissing scene. Wow. Interesting that it’s so *dark* tho’. Ingrid is pushed to go through some pretty tough things before Devlin comes to his senses. She’s proving her goodness and love by doing things that people (men in particular) would judge her for. Devlin takes some time to realize her sacrifices but it’s gratifying when he does, even at the last possible moment. Odd, that although he’s a weasel we feel some sympathy for Claude Rains at the end. Well, a little. I think The Lady Vanishes and Rear Window are romantic in a way. RW for Grace Kelly getting involved at danger to herself and TLV for Redgrave believing in Margaret Lockwood. Romantic!
    My cinematic image of what it feels like to be loved is not from a romance, it’s from Being There of all things. It’s the last scene of the film : Chance the Gardener walking on water. That shot gets me right *here* (touches heart). Yes, I know. Mushy! X. George K.

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