Tuesday, July 30, 2013

2013-07-28 RIP Eileen Brennan

Eileen Brennan will always be Mrs. Peacock to me.  Clue has been one of my favorite movies since I first saw it in the theater.  We must have gone to go see it a dozen times in the theater trying to track down the brilliance of the alternate endings that were sent out to different theaters.  It is one of the best ensemble cast movies ever made and there isn't a weak link in the entire cast.  Mrs. Peacock was the eccentric ditz whose mismatched wardrobe walked the fine line between rich and crazy cat lady which only made you love her more.

Her career was more than this one amazing role, she was the Drill Sargent in Private Benjamin with Goldie Hawn and won an Emmy when she reprised that role for the TV series.  She was also in The Sting with Robert Redford and Paul Newman and The Last Picture Show. She was a Broadway star, she was the original Irene Malloy in Hello Dolly, and turned movie and television actress.  She was on almost ever major television show during the past 30 year from Murder She Wrote to Blossom to Taxi to Tales From the Crypt.  She was even the crotchety voice for many children's cartoon characters including the cartoon Dennis the Menace.  Eileen Brennan was amazing actress has moved on due to losing her battle with bladder cancer at a hospice in Burbank, CA.  She was 80 years old.