Photo Coverage: Remembering Eileen Brennan

Just yesterday, Broadway and film veteran Eileen Brennan died at the age of 80, her publicist confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. The actress passed away in her Burbank home on Sunday, July 28, after a battle with bladder cancer. Below, BroadwayWorld remembers the stage and screen star.

Perhaps best known for her role as the affable Texas waitress in Peter Bogdanovich's THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, the brazen Brennan also made a name for herself as 'Doreen Lewis' opposite Goldie Hawn in PRIVATE BENJAMIN, for which she received an Oscar nomination for 'Best Supporting Actress.'

Brennan later reprised her role in the TV adaptation in 1981-83, winning a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy for her acclaimed performance. Not stopping there, the beloved comedic star also received Emmy nominations for her guest appearances throughout the years on NEWHART, THIRYSOMETHING, TAXI, and WILL & GRACE.

No stranger to the stage, Brennan originated the role of Irene Molloy in Broadway's HELLO, DOLLY! in 1964, as well as 'Merry May Glockenspiel' in THE STUDENT GYPSY. Prior to making her debut on the Great White Way, Brennan took Off-Broadway by storm, leading GYPSY's prequel LITTLE MARY SUNSHINE, as well as the first revival of THE KING & I at City Center in 1963.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

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Photo Coverage: Remembering Eileen Brennan
Eileen Brennan after a performance in 'A Coupla White Chicks Just Sitting Around Talking' at the Astor Place Theatre in New York City. 1981

Photo Coverage: Remembering Eileen Brennan
Eileen Brennan in New York City, 1981

Photo Coverage: Remembering Eileen Brennan
Eileen Brennan in New York City, 1981

Photo Coverage: Remembering Eileen Brennan
Eileen Brennan in New York City, 1981

Photo Coverage: Remembering Eileen Brennan
Eileen Brennan in New York City, 1981

Photo Coverage: Remembering Eileen Brennan
Eileen Brennan in New York City, 1985.

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


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