Veteran TV actress Eileen Brennan, star of the TV adaptation of Private Benjamin, died Sunday of bladder cancer. She was 80.
Brennan took home a Supporting Actress Emmy in 1983 for her work on Private Benjamin – a role she originated in the movie of the same name, in a TV and movie career that spanned six decades. She had a breakthrough role as a series regular on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In in 1968 and also appeared in guest spots in All in the Family, McMillan & Wife and A New Kind of Family.
More recently, Brennan had a recurring role on 7th Heaven and Will & Grace, where she played Jack’s acting coach Zandra and received an Emmy nomination.