The Word: ‘Private Benjamin’ star Eileen Brennan has died

Close-up of American actress Eileen Brennan (as Captain Doreen Lewis) in a scene from an episode of the television show 'Private Benjamin' entitled 'Judy Got Her Gun, October 1981. The show was based upon a features film of the same name and this episode was originally broadcast on October 19, 1981. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Hulton Archive)
Eileen Brennan (as Capt. Doreen Lewis) in a scene from an episode of the television show “Private Benjamin” entitled “Judy Got Her Gun” from October 1981. Credit: CBS Photo Archive/Hulton Archive

Eileen Brennan, star of the Broadway stage as well as films such as “Private Benjamin,” has died. She was 80 years old.

The actress died at home after a battle with bladder cancer, according to People. ”Our family is so grateful for the outpouring of love and respect for Eileen,” her family’s statement said. “She was funny and caring and truly one of a kind. Her strength and love will never be forgotten.”

Brennan made a career out of hilarious supporting roles, often playing characters who were less than sympathetic. Goldie Hawn, Brennan’s “Private Benjamin” costar and close friend, tweeted, “We have lost my old friend Eileen Brennan. No one ever made me laugh more! Now I cry. Please keep singing darling from on high. Rest.”


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