On July 28, 2013, Eileen Brennan, known for her sassy, brassy movie and TV roles died at the age of 80. Most Americans remember her for her hilarious, Oscar-winning role as a drill captain in the movie Private Benjamin from 1980.
After a battle with bladder cancer, Brennan died Sunday in her Burbank, California home. She was best known for her character roles of brassy, sassy women who had a strong exterior, but a soft, mushy heart.
Although she is best known for her role in Private Benjamin, she also made an impression in other movies like, “The Sting” (1973), “Long Last Love” (1975), and “Clue” (1985). She also made appearances in TV shows, including “Taxi,” “Murder She Wrote,” “ER,” “Touched by an Angel,” and many others.
Born as Verla Eileen Regina Brennan in 1932, the daughter of a silent-movie film actress and a doctor, her love of the industry began at an early age. She started her career as a stage actress and gained some notice in a role she played in an Off-Broadway play called “Little Mary Sunshine,” later gaining fame for her on-stage performance of Irene Molloy in “Hello Dolly!” Known for her great humor and fun personality, Eileen will be missed by many.
Eileen Brennan dead at age 80; ‘Private Benjamin’ star had bladder cancer
Eileen Brennan, who starred in ‘Private Benjamin’ and other films, dies