Eileen Brennan
Biographical Information
Born September 3rd, 1932
Los Angeles, California, United States
Died July 28th, 2013
Burbank, California, United States
Productions Little Mary Sunshine as Little Mary Sunshine/Mary Potts
The King and I as Anna Leonowens
The Student Gypsy as Merry May Glockenspiel (original Broadway cast)
Hello, Dolly! as Irene Molloy (original Broadway cast)
At Long Last Love as Elizabeth
The Cheap Detective as Jezebel Dezire
Working as Mill Worker (video)
Recordings Little Mary Sunshine (original cast recording)
Hello, Dolly! (original cast recording)
Vocal Type Soprano

Eileen Brennan was an American actress.


Born Verla Eileen Brennen in Los Angeles, California, she gained early success on stage after appearing in several Broadway musicals, as well as the plays Arsenic and Old Lace and The Miracle Worker. In 1967, Brennan made her film debut in Divorce, American Style.

Brennan's screen appearances would come to include such well received films as The Sting, The Last Picture Show and Private Benjamin, for which she received an Academy Award nomination. She also appeared in the television shows Taxi, 7th Heaven and Will & Grace.

Brennan passed away in 2013.


A frequent performer in musicals in her early career, Brennan originated the roles of Mary Sunshine, Merry May Glockenspiel and Irene Molloy in Little Mary Sunshine, The Student Gypsy and Hello, Dolly! respectively, as well as playing Anna Leonowens in a revival of The King and I.

In addition, she also sang several songs as Elizabeth in the musical film At Long Last Love, and "La Vie En Rose" in The Cheap Detective. In 1982, Brennan appeared in the filmed production of Working, playing the Mill Worker.


At Long Last Love (1975)Edit

  • Most Gentlemen Don't Like Love (contains solo lines)
  • Friendship (contains solo lines)
  • Etiquette (duet)

The Cheap Detective (1978)Edit

  • La Vie En Rose (contains solo lines)


Working (1982)Edit

  • If I Could've Been (contains solo lines)


Little Mary Sunshine (1959)(originated the role)Edit

  • Little Mary Sunshine (duet)
  • Look for a Sky of Blue (duet)
  • Colorado Love Call (duet)
  • Every Little Nothing (duet)
  • Naughty, Naughty Nancy (duet)
  • Coo Coo (solo)
  • Colorado Love Call (Reprise)(duet)

The King and I (1963)Edit

  • I Whistle a Happy Tune (duet)
  • Hello, Young Lovers (solo)
  • The Royal Bangkok Academy (contains solo lines)
  • Getting to Know You (contains solo lines)
  • Shall I Tell You What I Think of You? (solo)
  • Hello, Young Lovers (reprise)(solo)
  • Song of the King (duet)
  • Shall We Dance? (duet)
  • I Whistle a Happy Tune (reprise)(solo)

The Student Gypsy (1963)(originated the role)Edit

  • Romance (contains solo lines)
  • The Gypsy Life (contains solo lines)
  • Merry May (contains solo lines)
  • Seventh Heaven (duet)
  • Our Love Has Flown Away (solo)
  • My Love Is Yours (duet)
  • The Drinking Song (contains solo lines)
  • Finale

Hello, Dolly! (1964)(originated the role)Edit

  • Ribbons Down My Back (solo)
  • Ribbons Down My Back (Reprise)(solo)
  • Motherhood March (contains solo lines)
  • Dancing (contains solo lines)
  • Elegance (contains solo lines)
  • It Only Takes a Moment (contains solo lines)

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