Eileen Brennan, the Oscar-nominated actress known for her roles in films like "Private Benjamin" and "The Sting," passed away on Sunday after battling bladder cancer, according to her publicist. She was 80.
Brennan's publicist, Kim Vasilakis, shared the following statement from her family:
Our family is so grateful for the outpouring of love and respect for Eileen. 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.
Actor Michael McKean, Brennan's co-star as Mr. Green in the 1985 theatrical interpretation of the board game Clue, tweeted a goodbye:
Eileen Brennan was a brilliant actress, a tough & tender woman and a comic angel; RIP, pal. #irreplaceable— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) July 30, 2013
Brennan's career spanned nearly five decades, and she appeared in more than 120 movies and television shows, including a regular appearance in her later years on the show "Will & Grace," according to IMDb, the Internet Movie Database.
She is survived by her two sons, Sam and Patrick Brennan, the latter of whom appeared in the final installment of the "Twilight" films. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Jessica; sister, Kathleen Howard; and her two grandchildren, Liam and Maggie.
Private Benjamin | I joined the other Army
Private Benjamin | Captain Lewis
Last Picture Show | Going to Mexico
The Sting | This is a class joint
Clue | Mrs. Peacock breaks the ice
Clue | Mrs. Peacock was a man?!
Clue | Mrs. Peacock needs a drink
Laugh-In | Song with Cher
Jeepers Creepers | Cat Lady
The Cheap Detective | La Vie en Rose