Oscar-Nominated Actress Eileen Brennan Dies at 80

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Veteran actress Eileen Brennan passed away early Sunday, July 28th, her publicist tells The Hollywood Reporter. She was 80.

Brennan, who is perhaps best known for her roles in "The Last Picture Show" (1971) and "Private Benjamin" (1980), died of bladder cancer at her home in Burbank, California. The Los Angeles native began her career on Broadway before transitioning to notable film and television roles, including "The Sting" (1973), "Murder by Death" (1976), and "Clue" (1985).

Brennan received an Oscar nomination for her role as Doreen Lewis in "Private Benjamin" and won a Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award for her performance in the TV adaptation of the film. She was also Emmy-nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress for her work in the television series "Newhart", "Thirtysomething", "Taxi" and "Will & Grace".

The actress survived a near-fatal car accident in Oct. 1982, during which she suffered severe leg and facial injuries. This led to an addiction to painkillers and antidepressants, which she sought treatment for in 1984. She is also a breast cancer survivor and underwent a mastectomy in 1990.

Brennan is survived by her sons Sam and Patrick ("The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2"), daughter-in-law Jessica, sister Kate, and grandchildren Liam and Maggie. She married David John Lampson in 1968; they divorced in 1975.