Actress Eileen Brennan Dies At 80

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth


LOS ANGELES (AP) –
Whether she was issuing orders as an Army captain in “Private Benjamin,” rambling as a real-life rendition of Mrs. Peacock from “Clue” or blasting an immortal monster with a shotgun as a crazy cat lady in “Jeepers Creepers,” actress Eileen Brennan injected perfectly timed comedy into each of her roles.

Brennan died Sunday at home in Burbank, Calif., after a battle with bladder cancer, said her managers, Jessica Moresco and Al Onorato. She was 80.

“Our world has lost a rare human,” said Brennan’s “Private Benjamin” co-star Goldie Hawn in a statement Tuesday . “Eileen was a brilliant comedian, a powerful dramatic actress and had the voice of an angel. I will miss my old friend.”

Brennan achieved her first major role on the New York stage in “Little Mary Sunshine,” a musical comedy that won her the 1960 Obie award for best actress, as well…

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