Actress Eileen Brennan passed away of bladder cancer on Sunday. She was 80.
Brennan appeared in films such as The Last Picture Show, The Sting and Private Benjamin for which she was nominated a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her portrayal of Captain Doreen Lewis. She would reprise this role in the CBS TV series of the same name.
Brennan was nearly killed in 1982 when she was struck by an automobile following dinner with her Private Benjamin co-star Goldie Hawn. During her recuperation, Brennan became addicted to painkillers which required a stint at the Betty Ford Clinic. After a lengthy absence, Brennan resumed her career mostly as a guest star on a variety of TV shows including Newhart, Thirtysomething and Will & Grace.
Brennan could also sing. I leave you with Brennan singing “La Vie en Rose” in the The Cheap Detective with Scatman Crothers on piano and an audience consisting of Peter Falk, James Coco and David Ogden Stiers. Sadly, Stiers is the only one left on this mortal coil.