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Birth information

3 September 1932 Los Angeles, California, USA

Death information

28 July 2013 Burbank, California, USA

Given Name

Verla Eileen Regina Brennen

How tall is Eileen Brennan?

1.68 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

David John Lampson

Life Story of Eileen Brennan

A supremely gifted, versatile player who could reach dramatic depths, as exemplified in her weary-eyed, good-hearted waitress in The Last Picture Show (1971), or comedy heights, as in her sadistic drill captain in Private Benjamin (1980), Eileen Brennan managed to transition from lovely Broadway singing ingénue to respected film and television character actress within a decade's time. Her Hollywood career was hustling and bustling at the time of her near-fatal car accident in 1982. With courage and spirit, she recovered from her extensive facial and leg injuries, and returned to performing... slower but wiser. On top of all this, the indomitable Eileen survived a bout of alcoholism and became recognized as a breast cancer survivor, having had a mastectomy in 1990. On camera, she still tosses out those trademark barbs to the delight of all her fans, as demonstrated by her more-recent recurring roles as the prying Mrs. Bink on 7th Heaven (1996) and as Zandra, the disparaging acting coach, on Will & Grace (1998).

She was born with the highly unlikely marquee name of Verla Eileen Regina Brennan in Los Angeles, California, the child of Irish-Catholic parents Regina...

Significant features of Eileen Brennan

Deep smoky voice

What movies did Eileen Brennan play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Naked Run (2011) Gram Malone, Adventures in Appletown (2008) Aunt Birdy, Peanut Butter (2007) Agnes, Will & Grace (2006) Zandra, 7th Heaven (2006) Gladys Bink, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (2005) Carol Fields, The Amateurs (2005) Mrs. Cherkiss, The Hollow (2004) Joan Van Etten, Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) Mrs. Drucker, Strong Medicine (2003) Evelyn Knightly, Lizzie McGuire (2003) Marge, Comic Book Villains (2002) Mrs. Cresswell, Arli$$ (2002) , Jeepers Creepers (2001) The Cat Lady, Dumb Luck (2001) Minnie Hitchcock, The Fearing Mind (2000) Irene's...

Birth information

3 September 1932 Los Angeles, California, USA

Death information

28 July 2013 Burbank, California, USA

Given Name

Verla Eileen Regina Brennen

How tall is Eileen Brennan?

1.68 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

David John Lampson

Life Story of Eileen Brennan

A supremely gifted, versatile player who could reach dramatic depths, as exemplified in her weary-eyed, good-hearted waitress in The Last Picture Show (1971), or comedy heights, as in her sadistic drill captain in Private Benjamin (1980), Eileen Brennan managed to transition from lovely Broadway singing ingénue to respected film and television character actress within a decade's time. Her Hollywood career was hustling and bustling at the time of her near-fatal car accident in 1982. With courage and spirit, she recovered from her extensive facial and leg injuries, and returned to performing... slower but wiser. On top of all this, the indomitable Eileen survived a bout of alcoholism and became recognized as a breast cancer survivor, having had a mastectomy in 1990. On camera, she still tosses out those trademark barbs to the delight of all her fans, as demonstrated by her more-recent recurring roles as the prying Mrs. Bink on 7th Heaven (1996) and as Zandra, the disparaging acting coach, on Will & Grace (1998).

She was born with the highly unlikely marquee name of Verla Eileen Regina Brennan in Los Angeles, California, the child of Irish-Catholic parents Regina...

Significant features of Eileen Brennan

Deep smoky voice

What movies did Eileen Brennan play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Naked Run (2011) Gram Malone, Adventures in Appletown (2008) Aunt Birdy, Peanut Butter (2007) Agnes, Will & Grace (2006) Zandra, 7th Heaven (2006) Gladys Bink, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (2005) Carol Fields, The Amateurs (2005) Mrs. Cherkiss, The Hollow (2004) Joan Van Etten, Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) Mrs. Drucker, Strong Medicine (2003) Evelyn Knightly, Lizzie McGuire (2003) Marge, Comic Book Villains (2002) Mrs. Cresswell, Arli$$ (2002) , Jeepers Creepers (2001) The Cat Lady, Dumb Luck (2001) Minnie Hitchcock, The Fearing Mind (2000) Irene's...

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Cloris Leachman, Cybill Shepherd, Eileen Brennan, and Barry Brown in Daisy Miller (1974)

In 1982, she was seriously injured in a car crash by a drunk driver.

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Madeline Kahn, Cybill Shepherd, and Eileen Brennan in At Long Last Love (1975)

Has two sons: actor Patrick Brennan (born on Christmas Day, 1972), a former college basketball player; and singer Sam Lampson.

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Cybill Shepherd and Eileen Brennan in At Long Last Love (1975)

While studying at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, Eileen shared an apartment with The Golden Girls (1985) star, Rue McClanahan.

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Cybill Shepherd and Eileen Brennan in At Long Last Love (1975)

Recovering member of Alcoholics Anonymous since 1976.

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Eileen Brennan in Schütze Benjamin (1980)

While playing Miss Hannigan in a production of Annie in 1989, she broke her leg after falling from the stage into the orchestra pit.

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P.J. Soles and Eileen Brennan in Schütze Benjamin (1980)

Has appeared with Cybill Shepherd in four films: The Last Picture Show (1971), Daisy Miller (1974), At Long Last Love (1975) and Texasville (1990).

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Goldie Hawn, Eileen Brennan, and Hal Williams in Schütze Benjamin (1980)

Prior to Hello, Dolly!, she created the title role in the long-running Off-Broadway musical Little Mary Sunshine, which opened in 1959.

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Goldie Hawn, Eileen Brennan, and Hal Williams in Schütze Benjamin (1980)

She was cremated upon her death.

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Michael Brandon, Eileen Brennan, Norman Lloyd, Martin Mull, etc.

Two featured characters in Norman Lear's "All That Glitters" television series were Eileen Brennan as Ma Packer and her lazy son, Sonny Packer, played by Tim Thomerson. Sonny's (Thomerson's) role idol and wannabe impersonation of an Elvis Presley character, always strumming his guitar, practicing swinging hips and rock movements was diligently encouraged by his Ma (Eileen Brennan) Packer. Their principal abode was a run down farm shack. In preparation for the first introduction of the outlandish pair, director Herb Kenwith and Eileen requested the littered straw and dirt studio set floor be inhabited with a small pot bellied pig and a dozen chickens. The first day to video-tape Ma and Sonny Packer's introduction in the series, Eileen picked up one of the hens, holding the chicken in her arms like a pet cat, petting and soothing the clucking hen while performing her character's motherly role. The entire week of staged scenes, Eileen carried the same hen in her arms, with the chickens pecking seeds from the straw on the ramshackle shack floor. The following week, the "All That Glitters" staff of women producers decided to cancel Eileen's on-set chicken wrangler and his livestock. Arriving early on the ramshackle set for rehearsal, Eileen and Herb confronted the dull witted lady producers. Where were the Chickens? Canceled to save money on a chicken wrangler and his flock of hens! The cast and crew waited for one hour while the wrangler and his flock of hens could arrive. Thereafter, Eileen, her chicken-hen co-star, with the floor flock of hens were featured until Ma moved uptown, with Sonny becoming a full fledged rock star on a local television station talent show, landing a gig at a local Western bar and stardom! Ma Packer, now a sexy glamorous theatrical agent, became a music-rock group phenomena.

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Cleavon Little, Michael Brandon, Eileen Brennan, Martin Mull, etc.

Acting mentor and friend of Lorna Patterson.

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Cleavon Little, Michael Brandon, Eileen Brennan, Alex Karras, Martin Mull, etc.

She made her Hollywood film debut in the comedy Divorce American Style (1967) starring Dick Van Dyke, Debbie Reynolds and Jason Robards.

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Michael Brandon and Eileen Brennan in FM - Die Superwelle (1978)

It was in her role as the growling Captain Doreen Lewis in the film "Private Benjamin," who oversaw the unlikely Army enlistee played by Goldie Hawn, that Brennan found her biggest success. The actress was the epitome of the "gruff but lovable" type, often bringing comedic sparkle to workaday frustrations while playing figures worn weary by their lives but still able to laugh off the worst. The film was a box-office hit and earned three Oscar nominations, including one for Brennan as best supporting actress. She won an EMMY for her part in the television spin-off. Brennan was nominated seven times for EMMY Awards, including for appearances on "Taxi," "Thirtysomething," "Newhart" and "Will & Grace".

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Paul Newman and Eileen Brennan in Der Clou (1973)

In 1973 Eileen Brennan had supporting acting parts in "The Sting" with Robert Redford and Paul Newman and "Scarecrow" with Al Pacino and Gene Hackman. Brennan often excelled in roles as a wisecracking hard-bitten sidekick, such as the madam in "The Sting" and her turns in the Neil Simon scripted 1976 "Murder By Death" and 1978 "The Cheap Detective." As Eileen Brennan was launching the 1979 television comedy "13 Queens Boulevard," Brennan noted how often she was cast as comedic characters on the fringe when she said, "I've just about exhausted the market for madams. I love to pay them and I hope I have given each of the ladies a certain amount of individuality. But it's always a challenge to develop new types".

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Eileen Brennan in Der Clou (1973)

She originated the role of Irene Malloy in the original Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! in 1964.

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Burt Reynolds, Madeline Kahn, Cybill Shepherd, Eileen Brennan, John Hillerman, etc.

She was a lifelong Democrat.

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Goldie Hawn, Eileen Brennan, Damita Jo Freeman, etc.

She has appeared in two films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: The Last Picture Show (1971) and The Sting (1973).

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Eileen Brennan and Barry Brown in Daisy Miller (1974)

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James Spader and Eileen Brennan in Frühstück bei Ihr (1990)

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Jeff Bridges, Peter Bogdanovich, Timothy Bottoms, Cloris Leachman, Annie Potts, etc.

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Eileen Brennan and Ben Johnson at an event for Straßen der Nacht (1975)

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Sean Hayes and Eileen Brennan at an event for Will & Grace (1998)

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