CAMERA PROVES BIG FEATHER IN HER CAP
Three of the funniest stunts the always-funny "Candid
Camera" show has pulled this season have involved
a pretty girl, a feather, an unlit cigaret and an
unpaid cab bill.
The pretty girl, Joan Benedict, is in town. The feather
is back at the CBS studios in New York, the cigaret
has finally been lit and smoked and the cab bill has
"Candid Camera" fans will recall that Miss
Benedict, playing it all deadpan in the show's best
style, wore the feather in her hat and unconcernedly
tickled men with it as they sat next to her at an
airport waiting room.
In another segment, she implored male passers-by to
light her cigaret while twisting her mouth to make
it impossible for them.
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SHE ALSO TOOK cabs and then said she had no
money to pay the bill. One driver threatened to have
Miss Benedict, was asked how it felt to do such zany
stunts. "Essentially," she said, "it's
acting. I can't laugh or the whole stunt is broken
Miss Benedict, who will be a guest on Bob Murphy's
WJBK shows at 9 am Monday and Thursday, said the stunts
are never rehearsed and that the subjects never know
at the time that they are being filmed.
WHEN THEY ARE going to do a stunt," she
said, "Allen Funt explains what he has in mind
and sends a cameraman out with the man or woman who
is doing the stunt."
Funt is the creator of the hit show.
Miss Benedict hopes to parlay a one-line role in "Butterfield
8" into something bigger in the movies. "I
was the stand-in for Elizabeth Taylor," she said.
"I also had a bit part as the secretary to her
psychiatrist. My one line was 'She's here, doctor'."
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BROOKLYN-BORN Miss Benedict leaves soon for
Hollywood to do a part in CBS' "The Verdict Is
Yours." She has appeared on "True Story,"
"Masquerade Party" and Steve Allen's old
Sunday night show, the latter as the commercial spokesman
for a cosmetic company.
Her work in network commercials is extensive. It includes
six of the biggest accounts in the business.
Her first job in television was in an all-Italian
version of a giant quiz show. "I was the hostess
and also did the commercials for the wine sponsor,"
she explained. Miss Benedict comes by her fluency
in Italian and French through her studies in Rome
and Paris. Prior to turning to television, she was