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Eileen Brennan Dead: ‘Private Benjamin’ Actress Dies At 80

Tue, July 30, 2013 5:06pm EDT by Add first Comment
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The actress, best known for her roles in ‘The Last Picture Show’ and ‘Private Benjamin,’ passed away July 28 of bladder cancer at the age of 80.

Eileen Brennan, an Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actress, died of bladder cancer July 28 at the age of 80.

Eileen Brennan Dead At 80

Best known for her Oscar-nominated role as the strict captain opposite Goldie Hawn in the 1980 comedy Private Benjamin, Eileen died July 28 of bladder cancer.

She also starred on the TV version of Private Benjamin from 1981 to 1983. Her work on the show earned her a Golden Globe and a Primetime Emmy.

She had an extensive career in both television and film. She is often primarily known for her role as the kind waitress Genevieve in the 1971 classic, The Last Picture Show. She appeared alongside Paul Newman in the Oscar-winning 1973 film, The Sting. She also starred in the film adaptation of the classic game Clue as Mrs. Peacock.

In addition to the TV version of Private Benjamin, Eileen starred in 13 Queens Boulevard, A New Kind of Family, and The All-New Dennis the Menace. She appeared in an episode of Lizzie McGuire in 2003.

She married British photographer David John Lampson in 1968 and had two sons, Sam and Patrick, together. Eileen and David divorced in 1974.

So sad. Our thoughts and prayers are with Eileen’s family during this hard time.

— Avery Thompson

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