Eileen Brennan Overview:

Character actress, Eileen Brennan, was born Verla Eileen Regina Brennen on Sep 3, 1932 in Los Angeles, CA. Brennan died at the age of 80 on Jul 28, 2013 in Burbank, CA .


Eileen Brennan was an abrasive, American comedy actress, with a broad, if somewhat strained smile, pitched somewhere, between Gladys George and Thelma Ritter. She was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in "Private Benjamin", but her career was disrupted when she was severely injured in a car accident in 1982, spending some time in a wheelchair.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



Although Brennan was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1980Best Supporting ActressPrivate Benjamin (1980)Captain Doreen LewisNominated

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While playing Miss Hannigan in a production of "Annie," Eileen broke her leg after falling from the stage into the orchestra pit.

Daughter of silent film actress Jean Manahan.

She was hit by a car and seriously injured in 1982.

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