There was very little that kept this woman down, including being hit by a car in 1982. Best known for her role as Drill Captain Doreen Lewis, in 'Private Benjamin' with Goldie Hawn, she was an extraordinary woman. Born September 3, 1932 in Los Angeles she had a lengthy career that started on stage. Resilient and tenacious she made the leap to television and movies. In 1968, she became a regular on 'Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-in'. From there, it was more up, up, and more up.
Her own cult following will tell you plenty about the verbose Mrs. Peacock from ‘Clue.' While the newer generation remembers her as Jack’s acting coach from ‘Will and Grace.' The truth is, there’s a slew in between and after: Guest stints on ‘All in the Family’ and ‘Kojak.' A mini appearance in Miss Congeniality too as Stan Fields’ mother. And of course her role on ‘7th Heaven.' In 1984, just two years after being struck by a vehicle, she sought treatment at Betty Ford. Her body deciding not to be outdone, in 1990, Ms. Brennan fought a round of breast cancer and she won. In the end, it would be bladder cancer that claimed the final round.
Her sons Patrick Brennan and Sam Lampson are the reminders of her legacy, as well as a litany of characters we grew to love.