‘Private Benjamin’ Actress Eileen Brennan Dies at 80
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.