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Eileen Brennan

Performer
( b. Sep 03, 1932 Los Angeles, California, USA - d. Jul 28, 2013 Burbank, California, USA ) Female
Relations: Daughter of silent film actress, Jean Manahan
Eileen Brennan appeared in the original 1964 production of the musical Hello, Dolly! as Irene Molloy opposite Carol Channing.

Brennan also received an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress playing tough captain Doreen Lewis opposite Goldie Hawn in the fish-out-of-water comedy "Private Benjamin" (1980). She reprised the role in the CBS series that starred Lorna Patterson in the title role and won an Emmy Award, one of her seven career nominations.

Brennan also memorably appeared as brothel madam Billie, a confidant of con man Paul Newman, in the Oscar best-picture winner "The Sting" (1973); as Peter Falk's long-suffering secretary Tess in the Agatha Christie classic spoof "Murder by Death" (1976), written by Neil Simon; and she was beloved as Mrs. Peacock in the cult favorite "Clue" (1985). She often played world-weary, sympathetic characters yet demonstrated a real comic flair throughout her career.

Her other films include three more for Bogdanovich: "Daisy Miller" (1974), "At Long Last Love" (1975) and "Texasville" (1990); "Simon's Cheap Detective" (1978), the follow-up to "Murder by Death"; the road movie "Scarecrow" (1973), opposite Al Pacino and Gene Hackman; "Stella" (1990) with Bette Midler; and "FM" (1978).

On TV, she also was a regular on such series as "13 Queens Boulevard", "A New Kind of Family", "Blossom" and "The All-New Dennis the Menace".

Source: The Hollywood Reporter



Productions Date of Productions
Hello, Dolly!
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Also Starring: Eileen Brennan [Irene Molloy]
Jan 16, 1964 - Dec 27, 1970
The Student Gypsy
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Eileen Brennan [Merry May Glockenspiel]
Sep 30, 1963 - Oct 12, 1963
1960 Theatre World Award
nominee Eileen Brennan (for "Little Mary Sunshine") [recipient]
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