Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Benzell attended James Madison High School in Brooklyn, New York. She was 21 when she made her Met debut in Mozart’s The Magic Flute during the 1944-45 season. Additional Met credits include La Bohème, Rigoletto, Der Rosenkavalier, Carmen, and Barber of Seville. In 1961 she appeared in Jerry Herman’s first book musical, Milk and Honey, which proved to be her only Broadway production.
Benzell performed on Toast of the Town eleven times between 1949 and 1955. She appeared as a panelist on both the daytime and primetime editions of the game show To Tell the Truth.
Among Benzell’s recordings were Roberta and The Vagabond King, both with Alfred Drake.
Benzell died of cancer in Manhasset, New York at the age of 53.
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