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Goodbye, Mrs. Peacock

July 30, 2013

Sad news from Hollywood, legendary comedic actress Eileen Brennan has passed away.

Brash, hilarious and infinitely talented, Brennan was in that rare breed of actress who had it all. Her rubbery face could morph into any expression the character needed. Above all else, Breenan was actor whose sole concern was character. And her “La Vie en Rose” wasn’t bad either.

One of her most iconic roles was that of Mrs. Peacock in the 1985 camp classic Clue. What can be said, that hasn’t already been said about this combination of perfect actor and role?

While Private Benjamin might have been a Goldie Hawn vehicle, Breenan stole the show with her hilarious and Oscar-nominated performance as Capt. Doreen Lewis, the evil drill captain making the titular Benjamin’s life a living hell. Don’t cry for Brennan though. While she might have lost the Oscar, she did snag an Emmy for the role during the TV version’s brief run.

One of my favorite Eileen Brennan’s performances was in The Last Picture Show.

While Brennan was never a household name (except to rabid Clue fans) she was wildly prolific. She did tours on Murder, She Wrote, Magnum PI, Will and Grace and my favorite recurring TV role, busybody Gladys Bink on 7th Heaven. She had a long, wonderful and brilliant career and her talents will be missed greatly.

And, yes, the soup was delicious.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 30, 2013 4:44 pm

    a classy, smart tribute to a classy, smart lady. RIP.

  2. July 31, 2013 2:54 pm

    RIP, Ms. Brennan.

    Prolific is right! Reading her IMDb CV, she seems to have appeared in just about all my favorite TV shows as a little kid – All in the Family, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, McMillan and Wife.

    Of course I had to surf around to see what old footage I could find, and I uncovered this little bit from Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. With Cher and Judy Carne:

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