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A veteran character actress with a penchant for playing brassy but bighearted working women, Eileen Brennan was born Sept. 3, 1932, in Los Angeles. After studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she began to make her mark with stage productions such as "Little Mary Sunshine" and the Broadway musical "Hello, Dolly!"

Brennan segued to films in 1967, debuting in Divorce American Style. She followed up with memorable performances as a Texas waitress in The Last Picture Show (1971) and a cathouse owner in The Sting (1973). But she's best known for her Oscar-nominated supporting turn as a gruff Army captain in 1980's Private Benjamin, a role that earned Brennan an Emmy when she reprised the character in the TV version (1981-83).

In ensuing years, Brennan worked steadily as a guest on shows such as "ER" and "Will & Grace," with occasional forays back to movies, including Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005). She died July 28, 2013.

Eileen Brennan in Clue


1985 PG

Director Jonathan Lynn's board game-inspired campfest finds six colorful dinner guests gathered at a mansion, where they all become suspects in the death of the house's owner, who had been blackmailing each of them.

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