Eileen Brennan

Eileen Brennan

  • Highest Rated: 100% Daisy Miller (1974)
  • Lowest Rated: 14% Reckless (1995)
  • Birthday: Sep 3, 1932
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • American actress Eileen Brennan was the daughter of Jean Manahan, a moderately successful silent screen actress. Brennan studied at both Georgetown University and the American Academy of Dramatic Art before making her mark as star of the 1959 off-Broadway musical Little Mary Sunshine. Brennan was among the first-season stars of TV's Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, essentially doing hilarious variations of her simpering "Mary Sunshine" persona. With her 1970s film appearances in The Last Picture Show (1971), The Sting (1972) and Hustle (1974) came the world-weary, hard-bitten characterizations with which she built her movie following. She was nominated for an Oscar for her expert interpretation of an army sergeant in Goldie Hawn's Private Benjamin (1980), then recreated the role for the 1981 TV sitcom version of this film (which won her an Emmy). While filming the TV Benjamin, Brennan was seriously injured in a car accident. The recovery was long and painful, but by 1985 she was back at work, as caustic as ever in recent films as Clue (1985), White Palace (1991) and the Last Picture Show sequel Texasville (1990). She continued to work steadily in a variety of projects including Murder So Sweet and 1995's Freaky Friday. She also made guest appearances on various T shows including Murder, She Wrote, E/R, Mad About You, and Touched By an Angel. In the 21st century she could be seen in Jeepers Creepers and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous. Brennan passed away in 2013. She was 80 years old.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Action Pack: Clue Quote-along Actor 2013
No Score Yet Naked Run Actor 2011
No Score Yet The Kings of Appletown Actor 2009
15% Miss Congeniality 2 - Armed and Fabulous Carol Fields $47.2M 2005
No Score Yet The Hollow Joan Van Etten 2004
No Score Yet Dumb Luck Actor 2003
No Score Yet Comic Book Villains Mrs. Cresswell 2002
46% Jeepers Creepers The Cat Lady 2001
No Score Yet Dumb Luck Minnie 2001
No Score Yet The Last Great Ride Mimi 1998
No Score Yet Toothless Board Member No. 2 1997
80% Boys Life 2 Mrs. Randozzo [Nunzio's Second Cousin] 1997
No Score Yet Changing Habits Mother Superior 1997
88% If These Walls Could Talk Tessie 1996
14% Reckless Sister Margaret 1995
No Score Yet Freaky Friday Principal 1995
No Score Yet Trail of Tears Clara Cook 1995
No Score Yet In Search of Dr. Seuss Actor 1994
No Score Yet The Lies Boys Tell Actor 1994
No Score Yet Precious Victims Minnie Gray 1993
No Score Yet Murder So Sweet Martha Catlin 1993
No Score Yet Poisoned by Love: The Kern County Murders Martha Catlin 1993
No Score Yet I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore Frieda 1992
55% Texasville Genevieve 1991
61% White Palace Judy 1990
No Score Yet Stella Mrs. Wilkerson 1990
No Score Yet Rented Lips Hotel Desk Clerk 1988
17% The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking Miss Bannister 1988
No Score Yet Sticky Fingers Stella 1988
No Score Yet Going to the Chapel Actor 1988
No Score Yet Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife Sylvia 1987
No Score Yet Babes in Toyland Mrs. Piper/Widow Hubbard 1986
61% Clue Mrs. Peacock 1985
No Score Yet The Fourth Wise Man Actor 1985
No Score Yet The History of White People in America Actor 1985
No Score Yet Pandemonium Candy's Mom 1982
No Score Yet Funny Farm Gail Corbin 1982
No Score Yet Working Actor 1982
81% Private Benjamin Doreen Lewis 1980
No Score Yet My Old Man Marie 1979
No Score Yet When She Was Bad... Mary Jensen 1979
No Score Yet The Great Smokey Roadblock Penelope Pearson 1978
47% The Cheap Detective Betty DeBoop 1978
20% FM Mother 1978
No Score Yet Richie Carol Werner 1977
63% Murder by Death Tess Skeffington 1976
63% Hustle Paula Hollinger 1975
No Score Yet My Father's House Actor 1975
21% At Long Last Love Elizabeth 1975
100% Daisy Miller Mrs. Walker 1974
No Score Yet Come Die with Me Mary Thatcher 1974
93% The Sting Billie 1973
78% Scarecrow Darlene 1973
No Score Yet Playmates Amy 1972
100% The Last Picture Show Genevieve 1971
No Score Yet The Star Wagon Actor 1967
100% Divorce American Style Eunice 1967

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
1973
Performer
  • 2018
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998
Zandra
  • 2006
  • 2004
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 1999
No Score Yet 7th Heaven
1996-2007
Gladys Bink
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 1997
  • 1996
100% Lizzie McGuire
2001-2004
Marge
  • 2003
  • 2002
62% Arli$$
1996-2002
Lenore
  • 2002
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Dolores
  • 1999
No Score Yet Mad About You
1992-1999
No. 10
  • 1998
  • 1994
No Score Yet Veronica's Closet
1997-2000
  • 1997
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Betty
  • 1996
No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger
1993-2001
  • 1995
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Marion Simpson Loretta Lee
  • 1994
  • 1987
82% Tales from the Crypt
1989-1996
Guest
  • 1993
No Score Yet Blossom
1991-1995
Agnes
  • 1991
85% Thirtysomething
1987-1991
  • 1991
No Score Yet Newhart
1982-1990
Illustrator
  • 1989
  • 1988
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
1980-1988
Brenda Babcock
  • 1987
No Score Yet Taxi
1978-1983
Boss's Wife
  • 1981
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
Julie Loring
  • 1975
No Score Yet All in the Family
1971-1979
Miss McCarthy
  • 1972
40% Rick Moranis in Gravedale High
1990
Voice

QUOTES FROM Eileen Brennan CHARACTERS

Sam Diamond
I owe Miss Skeffington here two years and three months back pay.
Tess Skeffington
I don't care about the money, Sam.
Sam Diamond
Neither do I.
Tess Skeffington
Please excuse Sam. He was shot in the head last week; he shouldn't even be out of the hospital.
Tess Skeffington
First kiss me, Sam.
Sam Diamond
I don't kiss.
Tess Skeffington
Just this once.
Sam Diamond
I don't like kissing. Now leave me alone.
The Cat Lady
What the hell did you bring into my house?
The Cat Lady
That's not my scarecrow.
The Cat Lady
You got ten seconds to get your ass out of my yard, and don't think I'm gonna tell ya twice!
Trish
Get the hell away from him.
Darry
What are you doing, Trish?
Trish
Get the hell away from him!
Tess Skeffington
...He was my uncle. He was very good to me; he used to take me to the circus and give me candy. We stopped going when I was...about twenty-six
Tess Skeffington
He was my uncle. He was very good to me, he used to take me to the circus and give me candy. We stopped going when I was...about twenty-six.
Sam Diamond
Twenty-six? What the hell kind of circus was it?
Prof. Plum
What are you afraid of, a fate worse than death?
Mrs. Peacock
No, just death, isn't that enough?
Col. Mustard
This is war, Peacock. Casualties are inevitable. You can not make an omelet without breaking eggs, every cook will tell you that.
Col. Mustard
This is war, Peacock. Casualties are inevitable. You can not make an omelet without breaking eggs, every cook will tell you that.
Mrs. Peacock
But look what happened to the cook! (haunk)
Mrs. Peacock
But look what happened to the cook!
Tess Skeffington
Twain picked up Sam in a gay bar.
Sam Diamond
I was working on a case! Working.
Tess Skeffington
Every night for six months?
Mrs. Peacock
Well, someone's got to break the ice, and it might as well be me. I mean, I'm used to being a hostess, it's part of my husband's work. And it's always difficult when a group of new friends meet together for the first time, to get acquainted. So I'm perfectly prepared to start the ball rolling. I mean, I-I have absolutely no idea what we're doing here. Or what I'm doing here, or what this place is about, but I am determined to enjoy myself. And I'm very intrigued, and, oh my, this soup's delicious, isn't it?