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Eileen Brennan (born September 3, 1938 in Los Angeles, California) is an American character actress of films, television, and theatre. September 3 is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years). ... 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... The City of Los Angeles (from Spanish; Los Ángeles) is the second-largest city in the United States in terms of population, as well as one of the worlds most important economic, cultural, and entertainment centers. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


Brennan was born as Verla Eileen Regina Brennan to an Irish Catholic family; she is the daughter of silent actress Jean Manahan. Although it is not certain as to when she began her acting career, it is known that she played the role of Irene Malloy in the original Broadway performance of Hello, Dolly! (1964) and that her feature film debut was in Divorce American Style (1967). She soon became one of the most recognizable (if not unnamable) supporting actresses. Her roles were usually sympathetic characters, though she has managed to play a variety of other character types, including earthy, vulgar, and sassy. One year after her feature film debut, she became a semi-regular on the comedy-variety show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, where she stayed for only two months. Irish Catholics are persons of predominantly Irish descent who adhere to the Roman Catholic faith. ... Hello, Dolly! is a Broadway musical with a book by Michael Stewart and a score by Jerry Herman. ... For the Nintendo 64 emulator, see 1964 (Emulator). ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rowan & Martins Laugh-In was a United States comedy television show broadcast for 140 episodes from January 22, 1968 through 1973 over the NBC network. ...


Although she had not been able to have her name recognizable to the general public, she had become a favorite of many directors, including Peter Bogdanovich. Bogdanovich was the only director who made use of her musical talents (before, she sang in performances off Broadway) when he cast her as Cybill Shepherd's crude, fun-loving maid in his musical flop At Long Last Love (1975). She also proved to be somewhat of a favorite of director Robert Moore and writer Neil Simon, when she starred in Murder by Death (1976) and The Cheap Detective (1978). In 1980, she received an Oscar nomination for her role as Goldie Hawn's nasty commanding officer in Private Benjamin; she reprised the role in the television adaptation (1981-1983), for which she won an Emmy. While she has been cast in a number of similar "cranky" parts, her role in White Palace (1990) showed her more sympathetic side. In 1984, she was seriously injured in a car accident; she took three years off work to recover. During this time her performance as Mrs. Peacock in Clue (1985) reached theatres. Peter Bogdanovich Peter Bogdanovich (born July 30, 1939) is an American film director and writer, born in Kingston, New York. ... Cybill Lynne Shepherd (born February 18, 1950 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American actress. ... At Long Last Love is an American motion picture musical that was released in 1975 and was directed by Peter Bogdanovich. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... Robert Moore (August 7, 1927 - May 10, 1984) was an American stage, film and TV director, born in Detroit, Michigan. ... Neil Simon (born July 4, 1927 in The Bronx, New York City), is an American playwright and screenwriter. ... Murder by Death is a 1976 ensemble comedy movie, written by Neil Simon and directed by Robert Moore. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Cheap Detective is a 1978 spoof comedy movie, written by Neil Simon and directed by Robert Moore as a follow-up to their successful Murder By Death. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Hawn in the 1972 movie Butterflies Are Free Goldie Jeanne Hawn (born Goldie Jean Studlendgehawn on November 21, 1945 in Washington, D.C.) is an American actress. ... Private Benjamin is a 1980 comedy film which tells the story of a society girl who discovers things are not as soft when she joins the Army. ... White Palace is a 1990 motion picture about an unlikely romance. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Clue is a 1985 U.S. comedy film based on the boardgame Clue (a. ... This article is about the year. ...


In recent years, she has guest starred in television series, including recurring roles as the nosey Mrs. Bink in 7th Heaven, and as the gruff acting coach Zandra in Will & Grace. 7th Heaven is a U.S. television series about a Protestant ministers family living in the fictional town of Glenoak in California. ... This is a list of the supporting - major and minor recurring - characters on the NBC situation comedy Will & Grace, with information on each of them. ... Will & Grace is an American television situation comedy focusing on Will Truman, a gay attorney and his best friend Grace Adler, a straight Jewish woman who runs her own interior design firm. ...


From 1968 to 1974, she was married to David John Lampson, with whom she has two sons: Patrick (a basketball player) and Sam (a singer). 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ...


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Lycos Movies - Biography - Eileen Brennan (333 words)
Brennan had long displayed a keen sense of camp by this point in her career, and in "At Long Last Love" (1975) showed an affinity for the glories of classical Hollywood's tough but good-hearted working women of 30s backstage musicals and 40s film noirs.
Brennan recreated her role (and won an Emmy) as the hardened Captain Lewis in the early 80s sitcom of the same name.
Brennan was later quite open about the dangers of becoming addicted to prescription painkillers, and successfully resumed her acting career in 1985.
Eileen Brennan - Biography - AOL Music (300 words)
American actress Eileen Brennan was the daughter of Jean Manahan, a moderately successful silent screen actress.
Brennan studied at both Georgetown University and the American Academy of Dramatic Art before making her mark as star of the 1959 off-Broadway musical Little Mary Sunshine.
Brennan was among the first-season stars of TV's Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, essentially doing hilarious variations of her simpering "Mary Sunshine" persona.
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