Fast Facts

  • Honed her talent by performing with Georgetown University's Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society.
  • Studied acting in New York; roomed with Rue McClanahan and Macy Janney (Allison Janney's mother).
  • In 1959, appeared in the off-Broadway production Little Mary Sunshine, for which she received an Obie Award.
  • Teamed with director Peter Bogdanovich for multiple films, including The Last Picture Show (1971) and Texasville (1990).
  • Was struck by a car and seriously injured in October 1982.
  • Overcame her injuries and a subsequent addiction to painkillers, resuming her career in 1984.

Awards

  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1982, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series: Nominee
  • 1980, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1983, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1981, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series: Winner
  • 1982, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1983, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy, Variety or Music Series: Nominee
  • 1981, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1972, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Nominee

Relationships

  • Patrick Lampson — Son
  • David Lampson — Ex-husband
  • John Brennan — Father
  • Samuel Lampson — Son
  • Jean Manahan — Mother

College

  • Attended Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., United States; attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York, New York, United States

Details

  • Birth Name: Verla Eileen Regina Brennan
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Birthday: September 3, 1932, Virgo
  • Died: July 28, 2013
  • Profession: Actor
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