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'Private Benjamin' Star Eileen Brennan Dies at 80

by Antoinette Bueno 11:35 AM PDT, July 30, 2013
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Actress Eileen Brennan, perhaps best known for her role as tough drill captain Doreen Lewis who ordered around Goldie Hawn in Private Benjamin (1980), has died.

She was 80 years old.

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Brennan died early Sunday at her home in Burbank of bladder cancer.

Brennan earned an Oscar nomination for her Private Benjamin role, and starred in such hits as The Last Picture Show (1971), The Sting (1973), and Murder By Death (1976).

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She is survived by her sons Sam and Patrick (himself an actor), daughter-in-law Jessica, sister Kate and grandchildren Liam and Maggie.

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