Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Eileen Brennan

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Some very sad news today...

Veteran actress Eileen Brennan, best known for her roles in Private Benjamin, The Sting and The Last Picture Show, has died. Brennan passed away Sunday of bladder cancer according to reports. 

She was 80. 

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Brennan received a best supporting actress Oscar nomination for her role as the tough Captain Doreen Lewis in Private Benjamin opposite Goldie Hawn. She also reprised the role for the CBS TV adaptation, winning an Emmy and Golden Globe for her performance. Brennan made her feature film debut in 1967′s Divorce American Style. 

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Her most memorable film roles include brothel madam Billie in George Roy Hill’s Oscar-winning 1973 film The Sting and Mrs. Peacock in 1985′s Clue.

She has always been one of the funniest women around. Private Benjamin, Clue, and Murder By Death (which also has Maggie Smith in it) are my favorite comedic roles of hers and they make me howl every time I see them.

If you haven't seen all three of these movies...you must!

Here is one of my all-time favorite clips of hers from Clue....

She will definitely be missed, but very fondly remembered.


Anonymous said...

Don't forget her great recurring role as Zondra, Jack's acting coach on Will & Grace -- great actress!

Vampire Hours said...

Oh...I definitely loved her on that and anything else she did. She was always a riot. =)