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Actress Eileen Brennan Dead At 80

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One of my favorite actresses has passed at the age of 80, Eileen Brennan. She battled bladder cancer and died of complications from the disease on Sunday (July 28).

I first saw her in one of my favorite movies “The Sting” where she plays a friend to Paul Newman. Most us remember Brennan for her role in “Private Benjamin” in 1980.  She got a Oscar nomination for best supporting actress for that role. She reprised the role for TV and won a Golden Globe and an Emmy.

She was also Mrs. Peacock in “Clue,”and racked up Emmy nominations for her guest stints on shows like ‘Newhart,’ ‘Taxi’ and ‘Will and Grace.’

I  remember her from an episode of “All in the Family” when she was trapped in an elevator with Archie Bunker (Carroll O’Connor.) 

“Our family is so grateful for the outpouring of love and respect for Eileen,” her loved ones revealed in a statement. “She was funny and caring and truly one of a kind. Her strength and love will never be forgotten. She will be greatly missed by all of us.”

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