|Everyone loved Mrs. Peacock, her role in|
Clue. I never saw it, but apparently she
delivered a comic speech which is still
That work was most often comedic, as she was rightfully considered an exceptional comic actress.
|When Eileen died, I recalled a little performance she gave in the PBS adaptation of Working, the Musical. Go here for that clip.|
Our gal may be most widely remembered from her performance in the various incarnations of Private Benjamin.
|Her role in Private Benjamin earned an Oscar nomination, which she lost to Mary Steenburgen in Melvin and Howard. When the film transferred to television, Eileen went with it, and won the Emmy and Golden Globe.|
|As Zondra, the witheringly acerbic acting coach on|
Will and Grace. The role earned one of her many
Eileen spent a good part of her career in television, earning Emmy nominations for work in Newhart, Will and Grace, Taxi, and thirtysomething. But her feature film work was also substantial, including memorable roles in The Last Picture Show, The Sting, Murder By Death, and The Cheap Detective. She spent several months as a regular on Laugh-In, where she became buddies with Goldie Hawn, with whom she later shared the big screen in Private Benjamin. In 1982, after dining with Hawn, she was critically injured by a passing car; the injury severely affected her life and her career.
|Her performance in The Last Picture Show was|
the beginning of a long association with director
She endured a gruelling three years of rehabilitation after her accident, and struggled for the rest of her life with a dependence on prescription drugs.
|As 1959's Little Mary Sunshine.|
Eileen Brennan's first splash came with the title role of the Off-Broadway parody of light operetta, Little Mary Sunshine, for which she won the Obie in 1959.
|She's got elegance, as the original Irene|
Malloy in Hello, Dolly! That's Charles
Nelson Reilly on the far left.
In 1964, she created the role of Irene Malloy in the original cast of Hello, Dolly!, in which she introduced the Jerry Herman classic ballad, "Ribbons Down My Back."
|Known primarily for her film work these days, Eileen spent her early years in musical theatre. Here she is as Anna in The King And I.|
|Brennan was nominated for the Emmy|
all three seasons of Private Benjamin,
winning in 1981.
Brennan was a favorite of director Peter Bogdanovitch, who used her in The Last Picture Show (and the sequel, Texasville), as well as in Daisy Miller; when the director was casting his ill-fated musical At Long Last Love, he cast Eileen in the part of Madeline Kahn's maid.
|Cybill Shepherd, Madeline Kahn, and Eileen Brennan in At Long Last Love. This week's Dance Party comes from that notorious project.|
|A stellar cast and sparkling cinematography|
could not save At Long Last Love.
The film was the first since the 1930s to feature musical numbers which were filmed live, rather than being recorded in advance.
It was a lousy decision, to record the numbers live onset, considering that several of the starring cast were not comfortable singing.
|Once this flop was released, everyone ran for cover.|