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Private Benjamin

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In taking the hit feature film from the big screen to the small, Lorna Patterson stepped into Goldie Hawn’s boots as pampered widow and socialite Judy Benjamin, who enlisted after her hubby died.

The only two actors to carry over from the movie version were Eileen Brennan as Judy’s Commanding Officer and Hal Williams as her Drill Instructor.

Her fellow recruits included Ann Ryerson, Joan Roberts, Joyce Little, Lisa Raggio, Lucy Webb, Francesca Roberts and Damita Jo Freeman.

Robert Mandan (Soap) came on board as the base commander about halfway through the show’s run.

CBS hoped the series would duplicate the success of its big-screen progenitor, but it wasn’t quite to be. It debuted in April 1981 and left the schedule two and a half years later, in September 1983.

Pvt Judy Benjamin 
Lorna Patterson
Capt Doreen Lewis 

Eileen Brennan
Col Lawrence Fielding 

Robert Mandan
Sgt Lucien C. ‘Ted’ Ross 

Hal Williams
Pvt Stacey Kouchalakas 

Wendie Jo Sperber
Pvt Maria Granelli 

Lisa Raggio
Pvt Rayleen While 

Joyce Little
Pvt Lu Ann Hubble 

Lucy Webb
Pvt Jackie Simms 

Darmita Jo Freeman
Pvt Carol Winter 

Ann Ryerson
Pvt Barbara Ann Glass 

Joan Roberts
Pvt Harriet Dorsey 

Francesca P Roberts