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Eileen Brennan Biography

Birth Name:
Verla Eileen Regina Brennan
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession
Actor

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

  • 2004Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1983Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy, Variety or Music Series: nominated
  • 1983Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1982Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series: nominated
  • 1982Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1981Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series: winner
  • 1980Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated

Relationships

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