31 Jul 2013

Actress Eileen Brennan dies

7:01 pm on 31 July 2013

American actress Eileen Brennan has died after losing a battle with cancer. She was 80.

Brennan had television roles, but was best known for her portrayal of a fiesty military captain in the movie Private Benjamin, which earned her an Oscar nomination.

She also portrayed a brothel madam in 1973's The Sting and Peter Falk's secretary in Murder by Death. On TV, she appeared in comedy series in All in the Family, WENN reports.

In 2012, she told an American magazine that she was ready to die after beating breast cancer, an addiction to prescription pills and surviving a near-fatal car accident.

"I've had a wonderful, simply wonderful life and career, and I'm also at a point where leaving this place behind is just fine and dandy with me".

Brennan had been suffering from bladder cancer and died in Burbank, California on Sunday.