Emmy Winner Eileen Brennan Dead at 80

eileen-brennanTV vet Eileen Brennan — who took home a Supporting Actress Emmy in 1983 for her work in the TV adaptation of Private Benjamin — died on Sunday at age 80 from bladder cancer.

Brennan’s career in TV and movies spanned six decades, from her breakthrough run as a series regular on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In in 1968 to her Emmy-nominated turn as Jack’s acting coach Zandra on Will & Grace. In all, Brennan racked up seven Emmy nods — in addition to the aforementioned series, she was also singled out for her work on thirtysomething, Newhart and Taxi — and an Academy Award nomination as the acerbic Capt. Doreen Lewis in the big-screen version of Private Benjamin.

Early in her career, Brennan scored guest spots on All in the Family, McMillan & Wife and A New Kind of Family, while also landing film roles in The Sting and Daisy Miller.

After the big-screen success of Private Benjamin in 1980, Brennan reprised her role as Capt. Lewis for three seasons of its TV adaptation, with Lorna Patterson stepping into the title role in place of Goldie Hawn. Brennan also famously ravaged Taxi‘s Louis De Palma, as his boss’ wanton wife, and played Mrs. Peacock in the film version of the board game Clue.

More recently, Brennan’s work included a recurring role on 7th Heaven in the early 2000s, as well as six episodes of Will & Grace.

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