Brenda Vaccaro

Actor, Model, Waitress
A husky-voiced actress who segued from beautiful leading lady to earthy character parts, Brenda Vaccaro enjoyed success in a variety of mediums. She earned three Tony nominations for her stage work in the 1960s, won a ... Read more »
Born: 11/18/1939 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (73)

Kubo and the Two Strings 2016 (Movie)

Kameyo (Voice)

Just Let Go 2015 (Movie)

Nadine Williams (Actor)

You Don't Know Jack 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Nip/Tuck 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Boynton Beach Club 2006 (Movie)

Marilyn (Actor)

American Dad 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

Sonny 2002 (Movie)

Meg (Actor)

Becker 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Johnny Bravo 1997 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Planet Storm 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Ally 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 1993 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Civil Wars 1987 - 1988, 1991 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1987 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The King of Queens 1993 - 1994, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1993 - 1996, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sex and the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Mirror Has Two Faces 1996 (Movie)

Doris (Actor)

Friends 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love Affair 1994 (Movie)

Nora Stillman (Actor)

The Critic 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Seventh Annual Genesis Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Red Shoe Diaries 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Lethal Games 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Murder in Malibu 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Masque of the Red Death 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cookie 1989 (Movie)

Bunny (Actor)

Heart of Midnight 1989 (Movie)

Betty Rivers (Actor)

Ten Little Indians 1989 (Movie)

Marion Marshall (Actor)

Hollywood Women 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Changing Patterns 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Water 1986 (Movie)

Dolores (Actor)

Battle of the Network Stars XVII 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Deceptions 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Paper Dolls 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Supergirl 1984 (Movie)

Bianca (Actor)

The Pride of Jesse Hallam 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Star Maker 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Zorro, The Gay Blade 1981 (Movie)

Florina (Actor)

First Deadly Sin 1979 (Movie)

Monica Gilbert (Actor)

Capricorn One 1978 (Movie)

Kay Brubaker (Actor)

The Paul Lynde Comedy Hour 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Fast Charlie - The Moonbeam Rider 1977 (Movie)

Grace Wolf (Actor)

That Was the Year That Was 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Airport 77 1976 (Movie)

Eve Clayton (Actor)

Sara 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Death Weekend 1975 (Movie)

Diane (Actor)

Once Is Not Enough 1975 (Movie)

Linda (Actor)

Sunshine 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Shape of Things 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Travis Logan, D.A. 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Going Home 1970 (Movie)

Jenny (Actor)

Summertree 1970 (Movie)

Vanetta (Actor)

I Love My Wife 1969 (Movie)

Jody Burrows (Actor)

Midnight Cowboy 1969 (Movie)

Shirley (Actor)

Where It's At 1969 (Movie)

Molly Hirsch (Actor)

A Long Way Home (TV Show)

Actor

Dear Detective (TV Show)

Actor

Following Her Heart (TV Show)

Actor

Honor Thy Father (TV Show)

Actor

Just Desserts (TV Show)

Actor

Just a Walk in the Park (TV Show)

Actor

Stolen: One Husband (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Ripoff (TV Show)

Actor

When Husbands Cheat (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A husky-voiced actress who segued from beautiful leading lady to earthy character parts, Brenda Vaccaro enjoyed success in a variety of mediums. She earned three Tony nominations for her stage work in the 1960s, won a Golden Globe nomination for her role as a socialite paying Jon Voight for sex in "Midnight Cowboy" (1969), and an Oscar nomination for "Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough" (1975). Although she was an accomplished dramatic actress, audiences embraced her most as a wisecracking second banana to everyone from Faye Dunaway in "Supergirl" (1984) to Barbra Streisand in "The Mirror Has Two Faces" (1996), as well as an in-demand voiceover actress. The Emmy-winning Vaccaro earned an impressive array of TV credits as well, but found it harder to book jobs as she grew older. She did earn excellent reviews with the lead role in the gentle romantic comedy "Boynton Beach Club" (2005) and for a brilliant supporting turn as Al Pacino's sister in the Dr. Kevorkian biopic, "You Don't Know Jack" (HBO, 2010). Even 50 years into her career, Vaccaro remained a vital, formidable actress with the training and talent to deliver award-caliber performances - if Hollywood would only give the veteran performer the chance.

Relationships

Christine M Vaccaro

Mother
Co-founded Mario's Restaurant in Texas with husband Mario

William Bishop

Husband

Charles Cannizzaro

Husband

Michael Douglas Actor

Companion
Met on set of "Summertree" (1971) Dated from 1970-76

Martin Fried

Husband
He died March 28, 2000 at age 62

Guy Hector

Husband
Married Feb. 2, 1986

Henry Jaglom Director

Companion
No longer together

Mario Vaccaro

Father
Co-founded Mario's Restaurant in Texas with wife Christine

EDUCATION

Thomas Jefferson High School

Dallas , Texas 1958

Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York 1958 - 1960

Milestones

2010

Co-starred Kevorkian's stalwart sister in the Barry Levinson directed HBO film "You Don't Know Jack," about Dr. Jack Kevorkian, played by Al Pacino; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

1998

Played Diana Vreeland in the L.A. production of "Full Gallop"

1997

Provided the voice of Bunny Bravo for "Johnny Bravo," an animated series on the Cartoon Network

1996

Portrayed Barbra Streisand's best friend Doris in "The Mirror Has Two Faces"

1995

Played Matt LeBlanc's mother (Gloria Tribbiani) in an episode of NBC's "Friends"

1994

Appeared opposite Annette Bening and Warren Beatty in "Love Affair," a remake of the 1939 film

1991

Co-starred with Alan Alda in the Neil Simon play "Jake's Women"

1990

Received an Emmy nomination for her guest starring role in an episode of NBC's "The Golden Girls"

1989

Portrayed Bunny in Susan Seidelman's "Cookie," co-starring Peter Falk, Dianne Wiest and Emily Lloyd

1985

Returned to Broadway for first time in over a decade to appear in a female version of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple"

1984

Played the domineering mother Julia Blake on the short-lived ABC drama series about two struggling models, "Paper Dolls"

1979

Starred as Detective Kate Hudson on the short-lived CBS drama series "Dear Detective"

1979

First time as voice actor, provided the voice of Tillie for ABC's "Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey"

1976

Starred as schoolteacher Sara Yarnell on the short-lived CBS drama series "Sara"; earned an Emmy nomination in 1976 for Lead Actress in a Drama Series

1975

Earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for Jacqueline Susann's "Once Is Not Enough"

1969

Gave a memorable performance as a Madison Avenue socialite who picks up Jon Voight in "Midnight Cowboy"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Supporting Actress

1968

Earned her third Tony nomination for Herb Gardner's "The Goodbye People"

1968

Made her film debut in "Where It's At"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer

1968

Garnered second Tony nomination for her leading role in the musical "How Now, Dow Jones"

1966

Earned her first Tony nomination for her performance in the Broadway comedy "Cactus Flower"

1963

Played aerialist Felicia Sartene on the ABC circus drama, "The Greatest Show on Earth"

1961

Made her Broadway debut in the short-lived comedy "Everybody Loves Opal"

1951

Made her stage debut in "The Williow Tree" at Margo Jones Theatre in Dallas

Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

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