‘Clue’ actress Eileen Brennan dies at 80

DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer
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In this 1980 file image released by Warner Brothers Pictures, actress Eileen Brennan as Capt. Doreen Lewis in a scene from, "Private Benjamin." (AP Photo/Warner Brothers Pictures, File)

In this 1980 file image released by Warner Brothers Pictures, actress Eileen Brennan as Capt. Doreen Lewis in a scene from, “Private Benjamin.” (AP Photo/Warner Brothers Pictures, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eileen Brennan, who played the captain in “Private Benjamin,” has died at 80.

Kim Vasilakis, an assistant to Brennan’s managers, says Brennan died Sunday in Burbank after a battle with bladder cancer.

Brennan got her first big role on the New York stage in the musical comedy “Little Mary Sunshine.” It won her the 1960 Obie award for best actress.

She went on to win fans for her sharp-tongued roles on television and in movies, including gruff Army Capt. Doreen Lewis in 1980’s “Private Benjamin,” aloof Mrs. Peacock in 1985’s “Clue,” and mean orphanage superintendent Miss Bannister in 1988’s “The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking.”

“Private Benjamin” brought her a supporting actress nomination for an Oscar. She won an Emmy for repeating her “Private Benjamin” role in the TV version.

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