Eileen Brennan, the veteran actress perhaps best known for her role as the good-hearted Texas waitress in Peter Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show, has died. She was 80.
Actress Eileen Brennan Dies At 80
|by Anonymous||reply 61||08/02/2013|
Saw her in Little Mary Sunshine. A truly hilarious, unforgettable performance. And she was lovely in Hello, Dolly!
|by Anonymous||reply 1||07/30/2013|
She was awesome in The Sting and Murder by Death. Great memories from my childhood in the 1970s.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||07/30/2013|
Holy shit. She just bought apt in ny
|by Anonymous||reply 3||07/30/2013|
Aw, that makes me sad. Such a hoot in Private Benjamin and Clue.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||07/30/2013|
I was thinking of someone else
|by Anonymous||reply 5||07/30/2013|
Very funny, too, as Jack's acting teacher in Will and Grace. I don't think your life was a barrel of laughs, so now RIP, Good Lady.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||07/30/2013|
Oh is she THAT classic character from Private Benjamin? A great role in film history, supporting or not.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||07/30/2013|
What no At Long Last Live? She and Madelyn Kahn were the stars of that one.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||07/30/2013|
And it's just out on Blu-Ray.
She is, as always, fabulous in it, as she was in everything she ever did. Did she ever give a bad performance? ANYONE??
|by Anonymous||reply 9||07/30/2013|
I saw her twice in LITTLE MARY SUNSHINE Off-Broadway, in HELLO, DOLLY! on Broadway, and in the national tour of THE MIRACLE WORKER.
I don't think I've seen a funnier performance than her Little Mary Sunshine.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||07/30/2013|
It's Zandra with a "Z".
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|by Anonymous||reply 12||07/30/2013|
Was she at least nominated for an Oscar for Pvt Benjamin??
|by Anonymous||reply 13||07/30/2013|
I thought she was dead already.
Maybe I confused her with Eileen Heckart.
Neither one has been relevant for decades.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||07/30/2013|
Any survivors? I don't think she ever married.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||07/30/2013|
Holy shit. I just listened to Little Mary Sunshine yesterday - after not playing the CD since the day I bought it - and that was years ago!
|by Anonymous||reply 16||07/30/2013|
I think I'm going to go cry and then smoke a zigarette.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||07/30/2013|
Will: Zandra, remember me. I came to your acting class last year.
Zandra: Oh yeah, I remember you...the crying fag!
|by Anonymous||reply 18||07/30/2013|
RIP Eileen, so good in Private Benjamin and Last Picture Show.
R5 Who bought your apartment? If that's not too nosy...
|by Anonymous||reply 19||07/30/2013|
Oh wow, I was just watching a low-budget thriller last night that had a young woman in it who reminded me of Brennan. I mainly know her from The Last Picture Show, she was great in that.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||07/30/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 21||07/30/2013|
Yes r13. Plus a BAFTA nomination for Last Picture Show and, oddly, a Razzie nomination for something. Rounds it out, doesn't it.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||07/30/2013|
Damn, another good one bites the dust. r8 I agree, loved her in "At Long Last Love". She and John Hillerman singing "But In The Morning No", was a hoot. And "The Sting" too. She'll always be the best blue-faced Army captain of all time.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||07/30/2013|
She had a terrible accident years ago a car hit her she had serious injuries glad to see she lived many more years
|by Anonymous||reply 24||07/30/2013|
She was divorced and had two sons, R15.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||07/30/2013|
Zanda with a Z!
|by Anonymous||reply 26||07/30/2013|
I loved her in "The Death of Richie" with Ben Gazzara and Robby Benson. She nailed the part of the mother caught between her addicted son and tough-love husband. If you've not seen this made for tv film, watch it. It was based on a true story of a father who shot his son.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||07/30/2013|
May she rest in peace.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||07/30/2013|
Eileen Brennen was a very good actress. She appeared in a number of excellent films:The Last Picture Show, Murder by Death, Sting, Scarecrow, Clue, Daisy Miller and in many TV series and TV movies.
Bon voyage Mrs. Eileen Brennan
|by Anonymous||reply 29||07/30/2013|
AND YES SHE WAS ALSO GREAT IN PRIVATE BENJAMIN!
She got an Oscar nomination for her performance in that movie.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||07/30/2013|
"Our lives are in danger, ya beatnik!"
|by Anonymous||reply 31||07/30/2013|
She was sensational in "The Real McCoys."
|by Anonymous||reply 32||07/30/2013|
Loved her in Murder by Death as the girlfriend/secretary of Sam Diamond.
"Sam, why do you keep all those naked muscle men magazines in your office?"
|by Anonymous||reply 33||07/30/2013|
Always was fascinated that the husky baritone broad of later years had been the lilting soprano ingenue of Little Mary Sunshine and Hello, Dolly!
|by Anonymous||reply 34||07/30/2013|
She was crossing a street with Goldie Hawn when she was hit by a car and severely injured.
She made her first public appearance after the accident on the 1985 Golden Globe Awards.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||07/30/2013|
She received Emmy nominations for her guest starring roles on Newhart, Thirtysomething, Taxi and Will & Grace.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||07/30/2013|
Didn't really have a major impact though the way say Angela Lansbury did. When Lansbury goes, it will be a huge deal. No one today really knows who Brennan is outside those of us who are film buffs.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||07/30/2013|
So sad. Taken away just as she was entering her prime.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||07/30/2013|
WIKI has a good listing of her many TV appearances.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||07/30/2013|
[quote]Didn't really have a major impact though the way say Angela Lansbury did. When Lansbury goes, it will be a huge deal. No one today really knows who Brennan is outside those of us who are film buffs.
So fucking what? We are remembering her. When you go, NO ONE will notice, so what's your point?
|by Anonymous||reply 40||07/30/2013|
"What's the story with you and this Tremont character, Judy?"
"Why are you spying on me?"
"Your lover-boy's a Red!"
"Don't be ridiculous! He WAS a Red... for about five seconds! Because of a woman he used to date."
"Nobody stops being a Communist, Benjamin. It's a terminal disease. And I am not going to sit around with my thumb up my ass while you divulge classified information during the throes of passion."
"Oh Please! I can barely SPEAK during the throes of passion! Believe me, Henri Tremont is as much a Communist as me.... or YOU!"
*GASP* "If Patton were ALIVE, he would slap your FACE."
|by Anonymous||reply 41||07/30/2013|
[quote]Was she at least nominated for an Oscar for Pvt Benjamin??
Yes, and she won the Emmy and Golden Globe a few years later for the same role when PRIVATE BENJAMIN was turned into a TV sitcom.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||07/30/2013|
r33 "Research, doll, research."
|by Anonymous||reply 43||07/30/2013|
Bless her. She was always memorable.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||07/30/2013|
R40, your reaction seems a little over the top. What's your deal?
|by Anonymous||reply 45||07/30/2013|
A brilliant comedienne, may she rest in peace.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||07/30/2013|
She had a cameo in Jeepers Creepers with Justin Long a few years ago that was just sad. That terrible car accident really altered the course of her career as it happened when she was in her prime. And btw, why hasn't Goldie Hawn commented on her death yet? Seems heartless if you ask me.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||07/30/2013|
R47, the death only happened a few hours ago, and maybe Goldie hasn't heard or has better things to do.
As I said above, she was not a major star and her death isn't exactly headline news today.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||07/30/2013|
R47, you scare me. Jumping on Goldie Hawn and calling her heartless when you don't know anything about what Hawn knows or what other non-glory hogging actions she has taken. You sound like a very judgmental person and one who jumps to conclusions. And if and when she does acknowledge Brennan's death, there will people who think doing it in a public way is self serving.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||07/30/2013|
Goldie hawn has commented on her Twitter:
[quote] Goldie Hawn @goldiehawn We have lost my old friend Eileen Brennan. No one ever made me laugh more! Now I cry. Please keep singing darling from on high. Rest
|by Anonymous||reply 50||07/30/2013|
Sean Hayes @theseanhayes
So sad to hear of Eileen Brennan's death. She was hilarious to work with on W&G. She always made me laugh during my scenes with her.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||07/30/2013|
R14 Both far more interesting than you will ever be, cunt.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||07/30/2013|
First saw her in Last Picture Show and The Sting.
She was almost cast as Laura Petrie in The Dick Van Dyke Show, but they found MTM very late in the game.
She did musicals at the start of her career, original productions of Little Mary Sunshine and Hello, Dolly.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||07/30/2013|
Rest in peace honey.
You had a rough couple of years there.
We thank you for your hard work and super talent. You kept us all entertained.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||07/30/2013|
She was a brilliant talent. Had so much more to give, before that terrible car accident sidelined her or years. She was really never the same . RIP beuatiful lady.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||07/30/2013|
[quote]your reaction seems a little over the top. What's your deal?
I don't have a deal, I don't appreciate some asshole pissing on fond remembrances of a talented actress.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||07/30/2013|
She delivered my favorite line from "Murder By Death" -
"I'll tell you later......it's disgusting"
|by Anonymous||reply 57||07/30/2013|
One of those actors, matter what she was in, you always remembered her. Bravo Goldie and Sean! Thanks for memories and woe to the Academy if they overlook her at next years awards!
|by Anonymous||reply 58||07/30/2013|
R37, I'm not a huge film buff, and I'm just shy of 40. Many will know her from Private Benjamin and Clue easily. She may not have been the biggest star, but many know her name quite easily. I don't know much about her work besides those movies, but from them knew her to be worth watching. Will and Grace also spread her name, and who didn't watch that? Man, was she good. RIP, Mrs. Peacock.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||07/30/2013|
A very talented and memorable performer. RIP Eileen
|by Anonymous||reply 60||07/31/2013|
Private Benjamin is on Encore as I type!
|by Anonymous||reply 61||08/02/2013|