Eileen Brennan Dies; Award-Winning Actress Was 80

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Eileen Brennan, an acclaimed, veteran actress and Oscar nominee for her role in 1980's Private Benjamin, has died, according to reports. She was 80.

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Brennan passed away last Sunday at her Burbank, California, home after a battle with bladder cancer, her management company confirmed.

"Our family is so grateful for the outpouring of love and respect for Eileen," her family said in a statement. "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."

Brennan was known for character roles as sassy, brassy women, the kind with a sandpaper surface but a light, pure heart.

Brennan appeared in classics like The Sting, The Last Picture Show and Clue.

She reprised her role as Captain Doreen Lewis in the television adaptation of Private Benjamin and won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her work.

Her career shifted more towards TV, guest-appearing in hits like ER, Murder, She Wrote, 7th Heaven and Will & Grace, in recent years.

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