Brenda Vaccaro

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Brenda Vaccaro
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Vaccaro in Where It's At (1969)
BornBrenda Buell Vaccaro
(1939-11-18) November 18, 1939 (age 74)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1961–present
Spouse(s)Martin Fried (m. 1965–70)
William Bishop (m. 1977–78)
Charles Cannizzaro (m. 1981–82)
Guy Hector (m. 1986)
 
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Brenda Vaccaro
Brenda Vaccaro.JPG
Vaccaro in Where It's At (1969)
BornBrenda Buell Vaccaro
(1939-11-18) November 18, 1939 (age 74)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1961–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]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1969Where It's AtMolly HirschNominated—Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress
1969Midnight CowboyShirleyNominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
1970I Love My WifeJody Burrows
1971What's a Nice Girl Like You...?ShirleyTelevision movie
1972SummertreeVanetta
1972Going HomeJenny Benson
1974The Shape of ThingsUnknownTelevision movie
Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program
1975Once Is Not EnoughLinda RiggsGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
1976Territorial MenSara YarnellTelevision movie – compiled from footage shot for the television series Sara
1976Death WeekendDiane
1977Capricorn OneKay BrubakerNominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1977Airport '77Eve Clayton
1979Fast Charlie... the Moonbeam RiderGrace Wolf
1980Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim JonesJane BriggsTelevision movie
1980First Deadly Sin, TheThe First Deadly SinMonica Gilbert
1981Zorro, The Gay BladeFlorinda
1981The Star MakerDolores BakerTelevision movie
1984SupergirlBianca
1985DeceptionsHelen AdamsTelevision movie
1985WaterDolores Thwaites
1987Jetsons Meet the Flintstones, TheThe Jetsons Meet the FlintstonesDidiTelevision movie
1988Heart of MidnightBetty
1989Ten Little IndiansMarion Marshall
1989CookieBunny
1990Stolen: One HusbandLisa JarrettTelevision movie
1990Lethal GamesStella Hudson
1991Masque of the Red DeathElaina Hart
1992Red Shoes DiariesMarthaTelevision movie
1992Civil WarsActressEpisode: "Oceans White the Phone"
1994Love AffairNora Stillman
1996Mirror Has Two Faces, TheThe Mirror Has Two FacesDoris
2002SonnyMeg
2002Just a Walk in the ParkSelma WilliamsTelevision movie
2003Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great AdventureMrs. Hirsch
2004Just DessertsLinaTelevision movie
2005Boynton Beach ClubMarilyn
2010You Don't Know JackMargo JanusTelevision 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]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1961Naked CityRosa AlloroEpisode: "The Corpse Ran Down Mulberry Street"
1963Fugitive, TheThe FugitiveJoanne SpencerEpisode: "See Hollywood and Die"
1972Marcus Welby, MDMarilyn HoffmanEpisode: "House of Mirrors"
1972McCloudPolice Officer Margaret SerenoEpisode: "The Park Avenue Rustlers"
1972BanacekSharon ClarkEpisode: "To Steal a King"
1976SaraSara Yarnell12 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1979Dear DetectiveDet. Sgt. Kate Hudson4 episodes
1980sPlaytex TamponsSelfNumerous
1984Paper DollsJulia Blake13 episodes
1984St. ElsewhereRose OrsoEpisode: "The Women"
1984Love Boat, TheThe Love BoatEleanor Savage2 episodes
1990Murder, She WroteSheila Kowalski FinleyEpisode: "The Family Jewels"
1990Golden Girls, TheThe Golden GirlsAngela PetrilloEpisode: "Ebbtide's Revenge"
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
1990ColumboJess McCurdyEpisode: "Murder in Malibu"
1995FriendsGloria TribbianiEpisode: "The One with the Boobies"
1996Touched by an AngelAlEpisode: "Out of the Darkness"
1997Ally McBealKaren HorowitzEpisode: "The Attitude"
1997–2004Johnny BravoVarious55 episodes
1998King of Queens, TheThe King of QueensSheila RednesterEpisode: "Paternal Affairs"
2001BeckerBob's MotherEpisode: "The Ghost of Christmas Presents"
2005American Dad!Strip Club ManagerEpisode: "Stan Knows Best"
2006Nip/TuckBeatrice MadsenEpisode: "Diana Lubey"
2006War at Home, TheThe War at HomeBarbaraEpisode: "The West Palm Beach Story"

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