Eileen Brennan, who starred in ‘Private Benjamin,’ dies – CNN.com


<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/30/showbiz/acterss-eileen-brennan-obit/'>Actress Eileen Brennan</a>, who earned an Oscar nomination for her role as the exasperated drill captain in the movie "Private Benjamin," died Sunday, July 28, at her Burbank, California, home after a battle with bladder cancer. She was 80.

(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.

via Eileen Brennan, who starred in ‘Private Benjamin,’ dies – CNN.com.

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One thought on “Eileen Brennan, who starred in ‘Private Benjamin,’ dies – CNN.com

  1. She is a popular veteran actress played as the drill sergeant and mentor to Private Judy Benjamin in a military base she became a brave soldier and a lady died of cancer last year she is a gravely loss of a old time talents Oscar awards will be aired on 3-2-2013 coming in March on ABC network…Thanks!From:Wayne

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