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Eileen Brennan

Eileen Brennan

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1932-09-03 · Deathday: 2013-07-28 (80 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, USA

64 Movies · 24 TV shows

Biography

Verla Eileen Regina Brennan (née Brennen; September 3, 1932 – July 28, 2013) was an American film, stage, and television actress. She made her film debut in the satire Divorce American Style (1967), followed by a supporting role in Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show (1971) She gained further acclaim for her role as Captain Doreen Lewis in Private Benjamin, for which she received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Brennan also worked prolifically in television, receiving Emmy nominations for her guest-starring roles on Newhart, Thirtysomething, Taxi and Will & Grace. Brennan also starred in the mystery comedy Clue ( 1985), and had a minor role in the horror film Jeepers Creepers (2001)

Career

Brennan began her acting career in Georgetown's stage productions of Arsenic and Old Lace. Her exceptional comic skills and romantic soprano voice propelled her from unknown to star in the title role of Rick Besoyan's off-Broadway tongue-in-cheek musical Little Mary Sunshine. Her feature-film debut was in Divorce American Style (1967). She soon became one of the most recognizable (if not precisely identifiable) supporting actresses in film and television. Her roles were usually sympathetic characters, though she played a variety of other character types, including earthy, vulgar and sassy. Brennan was a favorite of many directors, in particular Peter Bogdanovich. She was a semi-regular on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, but stayed for only two months. Brennan also appeared on Barnaby Jones; episode titled “Blood Relations” (11/28/1975) Brennan worked with director Robert Moore and writer Neil Simon. In 1980, Brennan received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her role as Goldie Hawn's nasty commanding officer in Private Benjamin. She reprised the role in the television adaptation (1981–1983), for which she won an Emmy (supporting actress) and a Golden Globe (lead actress) Brennan received an Emmy nomination for her guest-star role in the Taxi episode "Thy Boss's Wife" In 1985, Brennan portrayed the iconic Mrs. Peacock in the Paramount Pictures adaptation of Clue. She had one additional Golden Globe nomination and six Emmy nominations. In the 1990s, she appeared in Stella with Bette Midler, Bogdanovich's Texasville (the sequel to The Last Picture Show), and Reckless. She had a recurring role on the sitcom Blossom as the neighbor/confidante of the title character. In 2001, she made a brief appearance in the horror movie Jeepers Creepers. In recent years, Brennan had guest-starred in television, including recurring roles on 7th Heaven and Will & Grace. In 2003, director Shawn Levy cast her in a cameo role of a babysitter to Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt's children in an updated remake of Cheaper by the Dozen. Levy was inspired to cast Brennan after seeing Private Benjamin on television. In 2004, she appeared in the horror film The Hollow as Joan Van Etten. That same year, Brennan was nominated for an Emmy for her performance as Zandra, Jack McFarland's caustic drama teacher, on Will & Grace. However, Brennan's cameo was deleted from the actual cut of the movie. She did receive credit for her role on the deleted scenes special feature of the film's DVD.

Personal Life

In 1982, Brennan was hit by a passing car in Venice Beach while leaving a restaurant with Goldie Hawn. She took three years off work to recover and had to overcome a subsequent addiction to painkillers. She also fell from the stage in 1989 during a production of Annie, breaking a leg. The following year, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, which she successfully treated. She was also diagnosed with lung cancer the next year, which was also treated. The couple have a son, a daughter and a son-in-law, all of whom were born in 2011.

Early Life

Brennan was born Verla Eileen Regina Brennen on September 3, 1932, in Los Angeles, California. She was the daughter of Regina "Jeanne" Menehan, a silent film actress, and John Gerald Brennen, a doctor. After graduating from high school in California, Brennan relocated to Washington, D.C., to attend Georgetown University.

Movies & TV shows

2011.

2 Movies

2005.

2 Movies

2004.

1 Movie

2003.

1 Movie

2002.

1 Movie

2001.

1 Movie · 1 TV show

1999.

1 Movie

1998.

1 TV show

1997.

3 Movies

1996.

1 Movie · 1 TV show

1995.

2 Movies

1994.

4 Movies · 1 TV show

1993.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows

1992.

2 Movies · 1 TV show

1991.

2 Movies · 1 TV show

1990.

3 Movies · 2 TV shows

1989.

1 Movie · 1 TV show

1988.

4 Movies

1987.

2 Movies · 1 TV show

1986.

2 Movies

1985.

3 Movies · 2 TV shows

1984.

1 TV show

1983.

1 Movie

1982.

2 Movies · 1 TV show

1981.

1 Movie · 1 TV show

1980.

1 Movie · 1 TV show

1979.

2 Movies

1978.

3 Movies · 2 TV shows

1977.

1 Movie · 1 TV show

1976.

1 Movie

1975.

4 Movies

1974.

2 Movies

1973.

3 Movies · 1 TV show

1971.

1 Movie · 1 TV show

1968.

1 TV show

1967.

1 Movie

1966.

1 Movie
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