Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/31/2013 (3 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Brennan was best known for her role as a drill captain in 'Captain Benjamin'

Raspy-voiced actress Eileen Brennan, best known for her Oscar-nominated role as the irascible drill captain in 1980's "Private Benjamin," has passed away from bladder cancer. She was 80. 

One of Eileen Brennan's most enjoyable later roles was as the crazy cat lady armed with a rifle in the monster film 'Jeepers Creepers' in 2001. Even at this advanced age, she still had those killer laser-beam eyes.

One of Eileen Brennan's most enjoyable later roles was as the crazy cat lady armed with a rifle in the monster film "Jeepers Creepers" in 2001. Even at this advanced age, she still had those killer laser-beam eyes.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/31/2013 (3 years ago)

Published in Celebrity

Keywords: Eileen Brennan, actress, cancer, TV, movies, Private Benjamin


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Brennan over the weekend at her Burbank, California home. "Our family is so grateful for the outpouring of love and respect for Eileen," her family said in a statement. "She was funny and caring and truly one of a kind. Her strength and love will never be forgotten. She will be greatly missed by all of us."

Brennan was usually cast in roles where she was sassy, brassy woman who took no guff. Her brittle surface usually concealed a giving heart. 


One of her earlier roles was as a waitress in "The Last Picture Show" (1971), the companion of Paul Newman's conman in "The Sting" (1973), a wisecracking maid in "At Long Last Love" (1975) and Mrs. Peacock in "Clue" (1985). She was a frequent face on the small screen, including a reprise of her "Private Benjamin" role in the TV series of the same name.


One of her most enjoyable later roles was as the crazy cat lady armed with a rifle in the monster film "Jeepers Creepers" in 2001. Even at this advanced age, she still had those killer laser-beam eyes.


Later TV appearances included guest shots on "Taxi," "thirtysomething," "ER," "Murder, She Wrote," "Mad About You," "Touched by an Angel" and six episodes of "Will & Grace." The latter earned her an Emmy nomination, one of seven she earned in her career.


Born in Los Angeles in 1932, Brennan was the daughter of a doctor and a silent-film actress. She earned good notices for her 1959 off-Broadway turn as "Little Mary Sunshine," for which she won an Obie. Five years later, she gained fame for her performance as Irene Molloy in the 1960s hit musical "Hello, Dolly!"


Brennan's life was touched by ill luck. Brennan was involved in a horrific accident, struck by a car as she exited a restaurant with "Benjamin" co-star Goldie Hawn in 1982. She suffered broken bones in her face, an eyeball pulled from its socket and two broken legs. She suffered an addiction to painkillers during her recovery and entered the Betty Ford Clinic in 1984.


Brennan also survived a bout with breast cancer in 1990. She 
 was married to David John Lampson from 1968 to 1974. She is survived by two sons, Patrick Brennan and Sam Lampson.


---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for August 2016
Universal:
Sports: That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.
Evangelization: Living the Gospel: That Christians may live the Gospel, giving witness to faith, honesty, and love of neighbor.



Comments


More Celebrity

Clinton Crime Family - Alex Jones asks Hillary Clinton to spare his life Watch

Image of Alex Jones asked Clinton to repent and change her ways.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Infowars host, Alex Jones has asked Hillary Clinton not to kill him as he speaks out against her campaign of terror. According to sources, Clinton is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people who have challenged her rise to power. LOS ANGELES, CA (California ... continue reading


Catholicism in Hollywood: Not as rare as you might think Watch

Image of Hollywood boasts more Catholics than one might think.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Drugs, sex and scandals surround many Hollywood stars, but many famous actors and actresses rise above it or work through it with help from their Catholic faith. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The media loves to show unflattering images of famous stars at their ... continue reading


'They cried out to the Lord in their distress': Actor Chris Pratt tweets prayer request Watch

Image of Actor Chris Pratt called for prayers for a child with brain cancer.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Actor Christ Pratt, known for his roles in "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Jurassic World," took to Twitter to respond to a fan's prayer request. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Tweet read: "@prattprattpratt would love a RT asking followers to say a prayer for a ... continue reading


'She basically played herself': Iconic Lois Lane actress dies at 95 Watch

Image of The world has lost another beautiful icon: Noel Neill (Pinterest).

By Monique Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Noel Darleen Neill, best known for her portrayal of Lois Lane in the original Superman television show, passed away of natural causes on Sunday, July 3, at 95-years-old. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to CNN, Neill's friend, manager and biographer, Larry ... continue reading


Lady Gaga fights Catholic Church Watch

Image of Lady Gaga upset about Catholic Church comments on her lifestyle.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Lady Gaga, known for her meat dress and outlandish outfits, has spoken out against Catholic blogger Becky Roach, who wrote an article criticizing celebrities who hypocritically claim they are faithful to God but continue to live stereotypical Hollywood lifestyles. LOS ... continue reading


Pope Francis hit with sexually-explicit abuse on Twitter after posting about Jesus Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Pope Francis became the victim of social media bullying after posting an inspirational tweet about Jesus. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "Jesus Christ, the incarnation of God's mercy, out of love for us, died on the cross, and out of love he rose again from the ... continue reading


'All good things they say, never last:' Vatican remembers Prince Watch

Image of Vatican remembers Prince (individualism).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

News of Prince's death swept the world in a firestorm, resulting in a sea of mourners and kind words from everyone - including the Vatican. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the Catholic News Agency, the president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, ... continue reading


Was Shakespeare a secret Catholic? Watch

Image of Was William Shakespeare secretly Catholic during a period when Catholics were deeply persecuted (Wikipedia)?

By Ann Schneible (CNA/EWTN News)

April 23 marked the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the playwright, poet, and actor widely considered to be the most influential literary figure in the English language. Rome, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) - Yet, there's one mystery which continues to ... continue reading


Did the flu kill Prince? Watch

Image of The flamboyant pop star, Prince, has died at age 57, possibly due to complications from the flu.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

News is breaking that the artist, Prince, has died in his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota. The singer recently cancelled two shows because of the flu. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - The music world has lost another legend. Prince, has been found dead in his ... continue reading


Catholic movie star, Mark Wahlberg reveals how important prayer and faith are in his life Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Hollywood star, Mark Wahlberg reveals how powerful faith is to his life during a personal interview with Square Mile. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Devout Catholic and star of popular movies, such as 'The Departed,' 'Ted' and the recently released 'Daddy's Home,' ... continue reading


All Celebrity News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Corinthians 3:1-9
1 And so, brothers, I was not able to talk to you as spiritual people; I ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 33:12-13, 14-15, 20-21
12 How blessed the nation whose God is Yahweh, the people he has chosen ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 4:38-44
38 Leaving the synagogue he went to Simon's house. Now Simon's ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 31st, 2016 Image

St. Raymond Nonnatus
August 31: Raymond was born at Portella, Catalonia, Spain. ... Read More