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Eileen Brennan - dies at 80

Theatre, film and television actress Eileen Brennan, who is remembered for roles in films such as Private Benjamin, has died at the age of 80.

Entertainment Weekly reports that her managers confirmed that she died on Sunday at her home in Burbank after a battle with bladder cancer.

Her family said in a statement "Our family is so grateful for the outpouring of love and respect for Eileen. She was funny and caring and truly one of a kind. Her strength and love will never be forgotten.”

She got her first big break on stage in New York in Little Mary Sunshine in 1960 which saw her pick up the Obie award for best actress.

She went on to win fans for her prickly roles on television and in film in particular as the tough army captain, Doreen Lewis, in 1980’s Private Benjamin which starred Goldie Hawn as a spolit society girl who joins the US Army on a whim.

Brennan picked up an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting actress for the role which she later reprieved on television for which she won an Emmy.

She also had guest roles on Newhart, Taxi and more recently Will & Grace.

The actress is survived by her two sons, Sam and Patrick Brennan

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