Beloved actress Eileen Brennan has died in Burbank, California. The eighty year old passed away on Sunday due to bladder cancer according to her publicist.
The actress began her career on Broadway, which included the role of Irene Malloy in the original production of “Hello, Dolly!”. She went onto film and TV work with memorable roles in “The Sting,” “The Last Picture Show,” “The Cheap Detective”.
She scored an Oscar nomination for her supporting role in 1980’s “Private Benjamin,” and won both an Emmy and Golden Globe for the role in the subsequent TV series adaptation in the early 1980s. She also had a memorable turn as Tess Skeffington, the blonde sidekick to Peter Falk’s San Francisco gumshoe Sam Diamond, in the all-star Agatha Christie spoof “Murder by Death”.
It was about that time she was hit by a car and suffered massive injuries. It took her years to recover, but she came back with supporting roles in films like “Stella,” “Texasville” and “Jeepers Creepers” along with a lot of well regarded TV appearances in the likes of “Will and Grace,” “7th Heaven,” “E.R.,” and “Blossom”.
For me, I will always identify and remember Brennan for her brilliant work as Mrs. Peacock in a film that holds a very high placing on my all time favorites list – 1985’s cult comedy classic “Clue”.