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‘Private Benjamin’ Actress Eileen Brennan Dies at 80


Eileen Brennan in ‘Private Benjamin’ (Courtesy: Warner Brothers Pictures)

BURBANK, Calif. (KTLA) — Actress Eileen Brennan, who earned an Oscar nomination for her role as the drill captain in the film “Private Benjamin” has died, it was announced Tuesday.

Brennan, a breast cancer survivor, died Sunday at her Burbank home after a battle with bladder cancer, her management company said.  She was 80.

“Our family is so grateful for the outpouring of love and respect for Eileen,” her family said 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.”

Brennan starred in a number of films including “The Last Picture Show” (1971), “The Sting” (1973) and “Clue” (1985).

She also made a number of guest appearances on TV shows such as “Taxi,” “ER,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “Mad About You” and “Touched by an Angel.

Her six episodes on “Will & Grace” earned Brennan one of seven Emmy nominations she garnered in her career.

She is survived by two sons, Patrick Brennan and Sam Lampson.

CNN contributed to this report.

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