(CNN) — Eileen Brennan, who earned an Oscar nomination for her hilarious turn as the exasperated drill captain in 1980’s “Private Benjamin,” has died, CNN has confirmed. She was 80.
Brennan died Sunday at her Burbank, California, home after a battle with bladder cancer, her management company said.
“Our family is so grateful for the outpouring of love and respect for Eileen,” her family said in a statement. “She was funny and caring and truly one of a kind. Her strength and love will never be forgotten. She will be greatly missed by all of us.”
Brennan was known for character roles as sassy, brassy women, the kind with a sandpaper surface but a light, pure heart.
She played a waitress in “The Last Picture Show” (1971), the companion of Paul Newman’s conman in “The Sting” (1973), a wisecracking maid in “At Long Last Love” (1975) and Mrs. Peacock in “Clue” (1985). She also did a great deal of television, including a reprise of her “Private Benjamin” role in the TV series of the same name.