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Eileen Brennan (I) (1932–2013)


A supremely gifted, versatile player who could reach dramatic depths, as exemplified in her weary-eyed, good-hearted waitress in The Last Picture Show (1971), or comedy heights, as in her sadistic drill captain in Private Benjamin (1980), Eileen Brennan managed to transition from lovely Broadway singing ingénue to respected film and television ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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 2011 Naked Run
Gram Malone
 2008 Adventures in Appletown (Video)
Aunt Birdy
 2007 Peanut Butter (Short)
Agnes
 1996-2006 7th Heaven (TV Series)
Gladys Bink / Mrs. Bink
- Got MLK? (2006) ... Gladys Bink
- Getting to Know You (2003) ... Gladys Bink
- That Touch of Bink (2003) ... Gladys Bink
- One Hundred (2001) ... Mrs. Bink
 2005 The Amateurs
Mrs. Cherkiss
 2004 The Hollow (Video)
Joan Van Etten
 2003 Cheaper by the Dozen
Mrs. Drucker (DVD deleted scene) (uncredited)
 2003 Strong Medicine (TV Series)
Evelyn Knightly
- Coming Clean (2003) ... Evelyn Knightly
 2003 Dumb Luck
Minnie Hitchcock
 2003 Lizzie McGuire (TV Series)
Marge
- My Fair Larry (2003) ... Marge
 2002 Comic Book Villains (Video)
Mrs. Cresswell
 2002 Arli$$ (TV Series)
- End Game (2002)
 2000 The Fearing Mind (TV Series)
Irene's mother
- Gentleman Caller (2000) ... Irene's mother
 2000 Moonglow
 1999 The Last Great Ride
Pamela 'Mimi' Applegate
 1999 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Dolores
 1998 Pants on Fire
Mom
 1998 Mad About You (TV Series)
Inspector #10
- Cheating on Sheila (1998) ... Inspector #10
 1998 Nash Bridges (TV Series)
Loretta Bettina
- Downtime (1998) ... Loretta Bettina
 1997 Veronica's Closet (TV Series)
Grammy Anderson
- Veronica's First Thanksgiving (1997) ... Grammy Anderson
 1997 Toothless (TV Movie)
Joe #1
 1997 Changing Habits
Mother Superior
 1997 Boys Life 2
Mrs. Randozza (segment "Nunzio's Second Cousin")
 1996 ER (TV Series)
Betty
- Let the Games Begin (1996) ... Betty
 1996 If These Walls Could Talk (TV Movie)
Tessie (segment "1996")
 1995 Trail of Tears (TV Movie)
Clara
 1995 Reckless
Sister Margaret
 1995 Freaky Friday (TV Movie)
Principal Handel
 1995 Thunder Alley (TV Series)
Irma
- Are We There Yet? (1995) ... Irma
 1995 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Joelle
- Mean Streets (1995) ... Joelle
 1994 Take Me Home Again (TV Movie)
Sada
 1994 In Search of Dr. Seuss (TV Movie)
The Who-Villian
 1987-1994 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Loretta Lee / Marian Simpson
- Dear Deadly (1994) ... Loretta Lee
- Old Habits Die Hard (1987) ... Marian Simpson
 1994 Nunzio's Second Cousin (Short)
Mrs. Randazzo
 1994 My Name Is Kate (TV Movie)
Barbara Mannix
 1993 Recycle Rex (Short)
Rose (voice)
 1993 All-New Dennis the Menace (TV Series)
- Dennis the Genius (1993) ... (voice)
- Wish You Weren't Here (1993) ... (voice)
- Moms Helper/Battle of the Bonding (1993) ... (voice)
- Pig Out/Yankee Doodle Dennis (1993) ... (voice)
- Navy Destroyer (1993) ... (voice)
 1993 Bonkers (TV Series)
Lilith DuPrave
- Witless for the Prosecution (1993) ... (voice)
- What You Read Is What You Get (1993) ... (voice)
- The Stork Exchange (1993) ... Lilith DuPrave (voice)
 1993 Precious Victims (TV Movie)
Minnie Gray
 1993 Jack's Place (TV Series)
Dina
- The Hands of Time (1993) ... Dina
 1993 Tribeca (TV Series)
Claudia
- Stepping Back (1993) ... Claudia
 1993 Poisoned by Love: The Kern County Murders (TV Movie)
Martha Catlin
 1992 Home Improvement (TV Series)
Wanda
- Heavy Meddle (1992) ... Wanda
 1992 Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story (TV Movie)
Vicky Martin
 1991 American Dreamer (TV Series)
 1991 Deadly Intentions... Again? (TV Movie)
Charlotte
 1991 thirtysomething (TV Series)
Margaret Weston
- Sifting the Ashes (1991) ... Margaret Weston
 1991 Blossom (TV Series)
Agnes
- Dad's Girlfriend (1991) ... Agnes
- My Sister's Keeper (1991) ... Agnes
- Blossom Blossoms (1991) ... Agnes
 1990 White Palace
Judy
 1990 Texasville
Genevieve Morgan
 1990 The Ray Bradbury Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Annabelle Shrike
- Touched with Fire (1990) ... Mrs. Annabelle Shrike
 1990 Stella
Mrs. Wilkerson
 1990 Gravedale High (TV Series)
Miss Dirge
- The Dress Up Mess Up (1990) ... Miss Dirge (voice)
- Monster Gumbo (1990) ... Miss Dirge (voice)
 1989 It Had to Be You
Judith
 1988-1989 Newhart (TV Series)
Corinne Denby
- The Little Match Girl (1989) ... Corinne Denby
- Draw Partner (1988) ... Corinne Denby
 1988 Going to the Chapel
Maude
 1988 CBS Summer Playhouse (TV Series)
Siobhan Owens
- Off Duty (1988) ... Siobhan Owens
 1988 Rented Lips
Hotel Desk Clerk
 1988 Sticky Fingers
Stella
 1987 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)
Brenda Babcock
- The Love That Lies (1987) ... Brenda Babcock
 1987 Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife (TV Movie)
Sylvia
 1986 Babes in Toyland (TV Movie)
Mrs. Piper / Widow Hubbard
 1984-1985 Off the Rack (TV Series)
Kate Halloran
- Immigration Man (1985) ... Kate Halloran
- The Letter (1985) ... Kate Halloran
- Who Do You Trust? (1985) ... Kate Halloran
- Here Comes the Bribe (1985) ... Kate Halloran
- A Date with Kate (1985) ... Kate Halloran
 1985 The Fourth Wise Man (TV Movie)
Judith
 1985 Answers (TV Movie)
Amanda Jackson (Segment "Twinkle, Twinkle")
 1982 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Millworker
- Working (1982) ... Millworker
 1982 Pandemonium
Candy's Mom (as A Friend)
 1981 Incident at Crestridge (TV Movie)
Sara Davis
 1981 Taxi (TV Series)
Mrs. McKenzie
- Thy Boss' Wife (1981) ... Mrs. McKenzie
 1981 When the Circus Came to Town (TV Movie)
Jessy
 1979-1980 A New Kind of Family (TV Series)
Kit Flanagan
- The Breakup (1980) ... Kit Flanagan
- No Smoking, Please (1980) ... Kit Flanagan
- Fair Weather Friend (1979) ... Kit Flanagan
- Is There a Gun in the House? (1979) ... Kit Flanagan
- Thank You for a Lovely Evening (1979) ... Kit Flanagan
 1979 My Old Man (TV Movie)
Marie
 1979 When She Was Bad... (TV Movie)
Mary Jensen
 1979 13 Queens Boulevard (TV Series)
Felicia Winters
- The Lift (1979) ... Felicia Winters
- Like Mother, Like Son (1979) ... Felicia Winters
- Italian Holiday (1979) ... Felicia Winters
- Thouroughly Modern Mildred (1979) ... Felicia Winters
- Playing Around (1979) ... Felicia Winters
 1978 Visions (TV Series)
 1978 FM
Mother
 1978 Black Beauty (TV Mini-Series)
Annie Gray
 1977 The Great Smokey Roadblock
Penelope Pearson
 1977 All That Glitters (TV Series)
Ma Packer
 1977 The Death of Richie (TV Movie)
Carol Werner
 1975 Hustle
Paula Hollinger
 1975 Kojak (TV Series)
Julie Loring
- A House of Prayer, a Den of Thieves (1975) ... Julie Loring
 1975 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Anita Willson
- Blood Relations (1975) ... Anita Willson
 1975 The Night That Panicked America (TV Movie)
Ann Muldoon
 1975 Knuckle (TV Movie)
Delafield's Mistress
 1975 My Father's House (TV Movie)
Mrs. Lindholm Sr.
 1975 At Long Last Love
Elizabeth
 1975 Insight (TV Series)
Carol Harris
- The Prodigal Father (1975) ... Carol Harris
 1974 Nourish the Beast (TV Movie)
Baba Goya
 1974 The Wide World of Mystery (TV Series)
Mary
- Come Die with Me (1974) ... Mary
 1973 The Sting
Billie
 1973 The Blue Knight (TV Movie)
Glenda
 1973 Scarecrow
Darlene
 1972 Playmates (TV Movie)
Amy
 1972 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Dora
- Night of the Wizard (1972) ... Dora
 1972 All in the Family (TV Series)
Angelique McCarthy
- The Elevator Story (1972) ... Angelique McCarthy
 1971 The Last Picture Show
Genevieve
 1970 The Most Deadly Game (TV Series)
Alice
- Photo Finish (1970) ... Alice
 1970 The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (TV Series)
Paula Tardy
- Ladies' Man (1970) ... Paula Tardy
 1968 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (TV Series)
Regular Performer
- Episode #1.14 (1968) ... Regular Performer
- Episode #1.13 (1968) ... Regular Performer
- Episode #1.12 (1968) ... Regular Performer
- Episode #1.11 (1968) ... Regular Performer
- Episode #1.10 (1968) ... Regular Performer
 1967 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
 1967 Divorce American Style
Eunice Tase
 1966 The Star Wagon (TV Movie)
Hallie
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Alternate Names:

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Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
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Personal Quote:

[speaking in 1988] I love meanies, and this goes back to Captain Lewis in Private Benjamin. 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. See more »

Trivia:

Played Irene Malloy, the ladies' hat shop proprietress, in the original Broadway production of "Hello, Dolly!" with Carol Channing. See more »

Trademark:

Deep smoky voice

Star Sign:

Virgo

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