Photo Coverage: Remembering Eileen Brennan

July 31
9:09 AM 2013

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


Eileen Brennan in New York City, 1981


Eileen Brennan in New York City, 1981


Eileen Brennan in New York City, 1981


Eileen Brennan in New York City, 1981


Eileen Brennan in New York City, 1985.


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