Brenda Vaccaro

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Brenda Vaccaro
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Vaccaro in Where It's At (1969)
Born Brenda Buell Vaccaro
(1939-11-18) November 18, 1939 (age 74)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1961–present
Spouse(s) Martin Fried (m. 1965–70)
William Bishop (m. 1977–78)
Charles Cannizzaro (m. 1981–82)
Guy Hector (m. 1986)

Brenda Buell Vaccaro (born November 18, 1939) is an American stage, television, and film actress.

Early life[edit]

Vaccaro was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Italian American parents Christine M. (née Pavia) and Mario A. Vaccaro (originally a lawyer), both of whom were pioneers in Italian cuisine.[1][2][3] She was raised in Texas, where her parents co-founded Mario's Restaurant (a nationally recognized restaurant)[4] and where Vaccaro graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas in 1958.[5] She returned to New York City to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse, and made her Broadway debut in the short-lived 1961 comedy Everybody Loves Opal, for which she won the Theatre World Award.

Career[edit]

Vaccaro's Broadway credits include The Affair (1962), Cactus Flower (1965), How Now, Dow Jones (1967), The Goodbye People (1968), the female version of The Odd Couple, (1985), and Jake's Women (1992).[6] The husky-voiced actress is a three-time Tony Award nominee, for Best Featured Actress in a Play (Cactus Flower), Best Actress in a Musical (Dow Jones), and Best Actress in a Play (The Goodbye People).[7]

Vaccaro appeared with Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight in the 1969 film Midnight Cowboy, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. For her performance in the 1975 film adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough she gained an Academy Award nomination and won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. Additional screen credits include Airport '77, Capricorn One, The Pride of Jesse Hallam, Supergirl, The Mirror Has Two Faces, Heart of Midnight, Zorro: The Gay Blade and House by the Lake, also known as Death Weekend.

Vaccaro's television credits include the title role in the 1976 series Sara, a number of television movies, and a regular role in the short-lived 1984 series Paper Dolls, in addition to guest appearances on Banacek, The Fugitive, The Defenders, Coronet Blue, The Name of the Game, Marcus Welby, M.D., McCloud, The Streets of San Francisco, The Love Boat, St. Elsewhere, Murder, She Wrote, The Golden Girls, Columbo, Touched by an Angel, Friends, The King of Queens, and Nip/Tuck. She has been nominated for an Emmy Award three times and won for Best Supporting Actress in Comedy-Variety, Variety or Music for The Shape of Things in 1974. She starred in a series of commercials for Playtex deodorant and regular tampons. Vaccaro also appeared in various print advertisements for Playtex deodorant and regular tampons.

She supplied the voice for Johnny Bravo's mother Bunny Bravo in the animated cartoon series. She also made an appearance on The Smurfs as Scruple, an apprentice of Gargamel, opposite Paul Winchell.

Personal life[edit]

Brenda dated and lived with actors Michael Douglas and Don Stroud in the 1970s.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1969 Where It's At Molly Hirsch Nominated—Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress
1969 Midnight Cowboy Shirley Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
1970 I Love My Wife Jody Burrows
1971 What's a Nice Girl Like You...? Shirley Television movie
1972 Summertree Vanetta
1972 Going Home Jenny Benson
1974 The Shape of Things Unknown Television movie
Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program
1975 Once Is Not Enough Linda Riggs Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
1976 Death Weekend Diane
1977 Capricorn One Kay Brubaker Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1977 Airport '77 Eve Clayton
1979 Fast Charlie... the Moonbeam Rider Grace Wolf
1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Jane Briggs Television movie
1980 First Deadly Sin, TheThe First Deadly Sin Monica Gilbert
1981 Zorro, The Gay Blade Florinda
1981 The Star Maker Dolores Baker Television movie
1984 Supergirl Bianca
1985 Deceptions Helen Adams Television movie
1985 Water Dolores Thwaites
1987 Jetsons Meet the Flintstones, TheThe Jetsons Meet the Flintstones Didi Television movie
1988 Heart of Midnight Betty
1989 Ten Little Indians Marion Marshall
1989 Cookie Bunny
1990 Stolen: One Husband Lisa Jarrett Television movie
1990 Lethal Games Stella Hudson
1991 Masque of the Red Death Elaina Hart
1992 Red Shoes Diaries Martha Television movie
1992 Civil Wars Actress Episode: "Oceans White the Phone"
1994 Love Affair Nora Stillman
1996 Mirror Has Two Faces, TheThe Mirror Has Two Faces Doris
2002 Sonny Meg
2002 Just a Walk in the Park Selma Williams Television movie
2003 Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure Mrs. Hirsch
2004 Just Desserts Lina Television movie
2005 Boynton Beach Club Marilyn
2010 You Don't Know Jack Margo Janus Television movie
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1961 Naked City Rosa Alloro Episode: "The Corpse Ran Down Mulberry Street"
1963 Fugitive, TheThe Fugitive Joanne Spencer Episode: "See Hollywood and Die"
1972 Marcus Welby, MD Marilyn Hoffman Episode: "House of Mirrors"
1972 McCloud Police Officer Margaret Sereno Episode: "The Park Avenue Rustlers"
1972 Banacek Sharon Clark Episode: "To Steal a King"
1976 Sara Sara Yarnell 12 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1979 Dear Detective Det. Sgt. Kate Hudson 4 episodes
1980s Playtex Tampons Self Numerous
1984 Paper Dolls Julia Blake 13 episodes
1984 St. Elsewhere Rose Orso Episode: "The Women"
1984 Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat Eleanor Savage 2 episodes
1990 Murder, She Wrote Sheila Kowalski Finley Episode: "The Family Jewels"
1990 Golden Girls, TheThe Golden Girls Angela Petrillo Episode: "Ebbtide's Revenge"
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
1990 Columbo Jess McCurdy Episode: "Murder in Malibu"
1995 Friends Gloria Tribbiani Episode: "The One with the Boobies"
1996 Touched by an Angel Al Episode: "Out of the Darkness"
1997 Ally McBeal Karen Horowitz Episode: "The Attitude"
1997–2004 Johnny Bravo Various 55 episodes
1998 King of Queens, TheThe King of Queens Sheila Rednester Episode: "Paternal Affairs"
2001 Becker Bob's Mother Episode: "The Ghost of Christmas Presents"
2005 American Dad! Strip Club Manager Episode: "Stan Knows Best"
2006 Nip/Tuck Beatrice Madsen Episode: "Diana Lubey"
2006 War at Home, TheThe War at Home Barbara Episode: "The West Palm Beach Story"

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