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Eileen Brennan

Highest Rated:   100% Daisy Miller (1974)
Lowest Rated:   14% Reckless (1995)
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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 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
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
45% 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 I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore
  • Frieda
1992
55% Texasville
  • Genevieve
1991
60% 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 Going to the Chapel
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Sticky Fingers
  • Stella
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
62% 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
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
50% The Cheap Detective
  • Betty DeBoop
1978
22% FM
  • Mother
1978
No Score Yet Richie
  • Carol Werner
1977
65% Murder by Death
  • Tess Skeffington
1976
67% Hustle
  • Paula Hollinger
1975
No Score Yet My Father's House
  • Actor
1975
17% 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
82% 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
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Betty
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Zandra

Quotes from Eileen Brennan's Characters