Vaccaro in Where It's At (1969)
|Born||Brenda Buell Vaccaro
November 18, 1939
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|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.
She was raised in Dallas, Texas, where her parents co-founded Mario's Restaurant, in 1943, converting it from the extant Dutch’s Cafe. and where Vaccaro graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas. 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.
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). 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).
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.
Her 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 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 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 supplied the voice for Johnny Bravo's mother Bunny Bravo in the animated cartoon series.
She was the first voice of Jay's ex-wife, Ardeth in the hit TV series, Season One's The Critic. She also made an appearance on The Smurfs as Scruple, an apprentice of Gargamel, opposite Paul Winchell.
After ill health forced Valerie Harper to bow out of the production of Nice Work if You Can Get It at the Ogunquit Playhouse (Maine), Vaccaro took over the role of Millicent Winter for the remaining performances of the limited run from August 4-15, 2015.
|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||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||Territorial Men||Sara Yarnell||Television movie – compiled from footage shot for the television series Sara|
|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|
|1985||Deceptions||Helen Adams||Television movie|
|1987||Jetsons Meet the Flintstones, TheThe Jetsons Meet the Flintstones||Didi||Television movie|
|1988||Heart of Midnight||Betty|
|1989||Ten Little Indians||Marion Marshall|
|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||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
|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|
|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|
|1988||Murder, She Wrote||Mimi Harcourt||Episode: "Just Another Fish Story"|
|1990||Murder, She Wrote||Didi Blair||Episode: "The Fixer-Upper"|
|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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- "Texas Obituaries". texasalmanac.com. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
- Simnacher, Joe (March 25, 2015). "Phil Vaccaro, who ran renowned Dallas restaurants, dies at 76". The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on July 17, 2015.
- Wuntch, Philip (August 17, 2006). "'Boynton' star Brenda Vaccaro's still got the sass". The Dallas Morning News via The Providence Journal. Archived from the original on September 3, 2006. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
- "Brenda Vaccaro". Internet Broadway Database (The Broadway League). Archived from the original on December 6, 2013. Retrieved November 18, 2009. Separate tabs for "Productions" and "Awards". Additional WebCitation archive of "Production".