Played the ladies' hat shop proprietress Irene Malloy in the original Broadway production of "Hello, Dolly!" with Carol Channing
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 I love meanies, and this goes back to Captain Lewis in Private Benjamin
(1980). You know why? Because they have no sense of humor. People who are mean or unkind or rigid - think about it - cannot laugh at themselves. If we can't laugh at ourselves and the human condition, we're going to be mean.
It was in her role as the growling Captain Doreen Lewis in the film "Private Benjamin," who oversaw the unlikely Army enlistee played by Goldie Hawn, that Brennan found her biggest success. The actress was the epitome of the "gruff but lovable" type, often bringing comedic sparkle to workaday frustrations while playing figures worn weary by their lives but still able to laugh off the worst. The ...
Deep smoky voice