Eileen Brennan

Actor
A distinctive American character actor with roots in Broadway musicals, Eileen Brennan was best known for her Oscar-nominated supporting role as an unrelenting drill sergeant in the fish-out-of-water comedy "Private ... Read more »
Born: 09/03/1932 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (90)

The Legend of Mary Worth 2014 (Movie)

Sister St. Claire (Actor)

The Amateurs 2007 (Movie)

Mrs Cherkiss (Actor)

7th Heaven 1990 - 1998, 2001, 2006 (Tv Show)

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Will & Grace 2002 - 2004, 2006 (Tv Show)

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Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous 2005 (Movie)

Carol Fields (Actor)

Strong Medicine 2003 (Tv Show)

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Arli$$ 2002 (Tv Show)

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Jeepers Creepers 2001 (Movie)

The Cat Lady (Actor)

Dumb Luck 2000 (Movie)

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Touched By an Angel 1987 - 1988, 1990 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Pants on Fire 1999 (Movie)

Mom (Actor)

Home Improvement 1990 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Jack's Place 1990 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Mad About You 1990 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1987 - 1988, 1990 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Nash Bridges 1987 - 1988, 1990 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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The Last Great Ride 1998 (Movie)

Pamela 'Mimi' Applegate (Actor)

Veronica's Closet 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Changing Habits 1997 (Movie)

Mother Superior (Actor)

Nunzio's Second Cousin 1997 (Movie)

Mrs Randozza (Actor)

ER 1996 (Tv Show)

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Freaky Friday 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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In Search of Dr. Seuss 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Reckless 1995 (Movie)

Sister Margaret (Actor)

Thunder Alley 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

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Till Death Do We Part 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Winnetka Road 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Poisoned By Love: The Kern County Murders 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Ray Bradbury Theater 1987 - 1993 (TV Show)

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I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore 1992 (Movie)

Frieda (Actor)

Blossom 1990 - 1991 (Tv Show)

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Joey Takes a Cab 1991 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

Rick Moranis in Gravedale High 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Voice

Stella 1990 (Movie)

Mrs Wilkerson (Actor)

Texasville 1990 (Movie)

Genevieve (Actor)

White Palace 1990 (Movie)

Judy (Actor)

It Had to Be You 1989 (Movie)

Judith (Actor)

Rented Lips 1988 (Movie)

Hotel Desk Clerk (Actor)

Sticky Fingers 1988 (Movie)

Stella (Actor)

The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking 1988 (Movie)

Miss Bannister (Actor)

Babes in Toyland 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Clue 1985 (Movie)

Mrs Peacock (Actor)

Off the Rack 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Private Benjamin 1980 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Taxi 1978 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Lily For President 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Pandemonium 1982 (Movie)

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The Shape of Things 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Working 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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The Funny Farm 1981 (Movie)

Gail Corbin (Actor)

When the Circus Came to Town 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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A New Kind of Family 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Private Benjamin 1980 (Movie)

Captain Doreen Lewis (Actor)

13 Queens Boulevard 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Black Beauty 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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FM 1978 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

The Cheap Detective 1978 (Movie)

Betty DeBoop (Actor)

The Great Smokey Roadblock 1978 (Movie)

Penelolope (Actor)

At Long Last Love 1975 (Movie)

Elizabeth (Actor)

Hustle 1975 (Movie)

Paula Hollinger (Actor)

Murder By Death 1975 (Movie)

Tess Skeffington (Actor)

My Father's House 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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Daisy Miller 1973 (Movie)

Mrs Walker (Actor)

Playmates 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In 1967 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Scarecrow 1973 (Movie)

Darlene (Actor)

The Sting 1973 (Movie)

Billie (Actor)

The Last Picture Show 1971 (Movie)

Genevieve (Actor)

Divorce American Style 1967 (Movie)

Eunice (Actor)

Deadly Intentions... Again? (TV Show)

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If These Walls Could Talk (TV Show)

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Incident at Crestridge (TV Show)

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My Name Is Kate (TV Show)

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My Old Man (TV Show)

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Off Duty (TV Show)

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Precious Victims (TV Show)

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Take Me Home Again (TV Show)

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The Blue Knight (TV Show)

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The Death of Richie (TV Show)

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The Fourth Wise Man (TV Show)

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The Hollow (TV Show)

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Toothless (TV Show)

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Trail of Tears (TV Show)

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Wedding Day Blues (TV Show)

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When She Was Bad... (TV Show)

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Biography

A distinctive American character actor with roots in Broadway musicals, Eileen Brennan was best known for her Oscar-nominated supporting role as an unrelenting drill sergeant in the fish-out-of-water comedy "Private Benjamin" (1980). Prior to that high-profile accomplishment Brennan spent the 1970s working with distinguished directors like Peter Bogdanovich and George Roy Hill, for whom she offered up stellar supporting roles as sharp-tongued, world-weary dames in "The Last Picture Show" (1971) and "The Sting" (1973). The smoky-voiced comedienne whose silent film star features made her a natural for such period pieces, also had memorable roles in zany parodies including the sketch-comedy show "Laugh-In" (NBC, 1968-1973) and Neil Simon's "Murder by Death" (1976) before her "Private Benjamin" success launched a steady small-screen career. Brennan earned multiple Emmy nominations for her central role in the film's sitcom spin-off and went on to appear in scores of television comedies and movies-of-the-week where her unique wit and feisty persona were always a welcome addition. After years of successfully battling breast cancer, Brennan died in 2013 of bladder cancer, with her tenaciousness remaining only part of her considerable legacy.

Relationships

John Brennen

Father

Regina Brennen

Mother
appeared in silent films

David Lampson

Husband
married in December 1968 divorced in 1974

Patrick Lampson

Son
born on December 25, 1972

Samuel Lampson

Son
born on August 23, 1971

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York 1955 - 1956

Georgetown University

Washington D.C.

Milestones

2002

Had a recurring role as Zandra on the NBC comedy "Will and Grace"; received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy series (2004)

2001

Had supporting role in the horror film "Jeepers Creepers"

1998

Returned to the NYC stage as the mother in Martin McDonagh's "The Cripple of Inishmaan"

1997

Portrayed another nun, this time the Mother Superior. in the comedy "Changing Habits"

1995

Played the principal in the ABC/Disney remake of "Freaky Friday"

1995

Had small role of a defrocked nun in "Reckless", adapted from Craig Lucas' stage play

1993

Portrayed the unsuspecting mother of a serial killer in "Poisoned by Love: The Kern County Murders" (CBS)

1992

Cast as a candy store owner in "I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore"

1990

Reprised role of Genevieve in "Texasville", the sequel to "The Last Picture Show"

1985

Cast as Mrs. Peacock in the film version of the board game "Clue"

1984

Resumed acting career near the end of the year after recovering from her injuries

1982

Was struck by a car and seriously injured

1980

Earned Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her turn as the hardnosed army captain in "Private Benjamin"

1979

Played leading role of Felicia Winters on the short-lived ABC sitcom, "13 Queens Boulevard"

1979

Played leading role of Kate Flanagan on the short-lived ABC sitcom, "A New Kind of Family"

1977

Delivered a powerful turn as the mother of drug-addicted son in "The Death of Richie" (NBC)

1976

Offered amusing turn in "Murder By Death", scripted by Neil Simon

1975

Had singing and dancing role in Bogdanovich's disastrous "At Long Last Love"

1974

Reteamed with Bogdanovich for "Daisy Miller"

1973

Co-starred in the NBC miniseries "The Blue Knight"

1973

Portrayed Paul Newman's landlady in "The Sting"

1970

Appeared as Genevieve, the world-weary waitress, in "The Last Picture Show", directed by Peter Bogdanovich

1968

Regular role on "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In"

1967

Early TV appearance in support of Dustin Hoffman in "The Star Wagon" (PBS)

1967

Feature film debut, "Divorce, American Style"

1964

Co-starred as Irene Molloy in original Broadway cast of "Hello, Dolly!" with Carol Channing and Reilly

1960

Stage acting debut, the title role in the Off-Broadway musical "Little Mary Sunshine"

Reprised role as Captain Doreen Lewis in the CBS TV sitcom, "Private Benjamin"

Worked in NYC cabarets partnered with Charles Nelson Reilly

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