LOS ANGELES (July 30, 2013)--) - Eileen Brennan, who played the captain in "Private Benjamin," died Sunday in Burbank, Calif., after a battle with bladder cancer at the age of 80, Kim Vasilakis, an assistant to Brennan's managers, said Tuesday.
Brennan got her first big role on the New York stage in the musical comedy "Little Mary Sunshine," for which she won 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" earned her a supporting actress nomination for an Oscar and she won an Emmy for repeating her "Private Benjamin" role in the TV version.