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Eileen Brennan, 'Private Benjamin' Star, Dies Aged 80


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US movie and TV actress Eileen Brennan sadly passed away at the age of 80 on Sunday (28th July) after battling with bladder cancer. The mother-of-two died at home in Burbank, Los Angeles, and is survived by her ex-husband, David John Lampson, and their two sons, Patrick and Sam.

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Eileen Brennan In 1965.

Born Verla Eileen Regina Brennen in 1932 to a silent film actress and a doctor, Brennan received an Oscar nomination for her role US Army Captain Doreen Lewis in Private Benjamin; the 1980 comedy where she plays Goldie Hawn's disapproving tormentor. As a result of the movie's success it was turned into a TV series from 1981-1983 and there are reportedly current talks for a modern remake.

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Private Benjamin Star Eileen Brennan Passes Away, Aged 80


Eileen Brennan

Eileen Benjamin, who famously starred as drill captain Doreen Lewis in 1980's Private Benjamin, has passed away at her Burbank, California home following a long battle with bladder cancer. CNN confirmed on Tuesday (30 July) that the actress, real name Verla Eileen Regina Brennan, had died with a representative from her management company revealing that the actress passed away in her home on Sunday (28 July).

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Brennan when she appeared in Private Benjamin

"Our family is so grateful for the outpouring of love and respect for Eileen," a statement released by her family earlier today read, adding that she will be long remembered for her warm personality and loving demeanour. "She was funny and caring and truly one of a kind. Her strength and love will never be forgotten. She will be greatly missed by all of us."

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Picture - Eileen Brennan and William Graham... United States, Thursday 30th July 1959

Eileen Brennan and William Graham - Little Mary Sunshine(1959 Off-Broadway) Music, Lyrics & Book by Rick Besoyan Shown from left: Eileen Brennan (as Little Mary Sunshine), William Graham - United States - Thursday 30th July 1959

Picture - William Bryan Curran, Pamela Brull,... United States, Thursday 26th July 1984

William Bryan Curran, Pamela Brull, Claudia Wells, Ed Asner, Eileen Brennan and R.J. Williams - Off the Rack (ABC) 1984 Shown from left: (back row) William Bryan Curran, Pamela Brull, Claudia Wells (front row) Ed Asner, Eileen Brennan, R.J. Williams - United States - Thursday 26th July 1984

Picture - Eileen Brennan, Hal Williams and... United States, Saturday 26th July 1980

Eileen Brennan, Hal Williams and Goldie Hawn - Private Benjamin (1980) Directed by Howard Zieff Shown from left: Eileen Brennan, Hal Williams, Goldie Hawn - United States - Saturday 26th July 1980

Picture - Eileen Brennan - Private Benjamin... United States, Saturday 26th July 1980

Eileen Brennan - Private Benjamin (1980) Directed by Howard Zieff Shown: Eileen Brennan - United States - Saturday 26th July 1980

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