Brenda Vaccaro

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Brenda Vaccaro

Brenda Vaccaro in Where It's At (1969)
BornBrenda Buell Vaccaro
(1939-11-18) November 18, 1939 (age 73)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1961–present
Spouse(s)Martin Fried (m. 1965 – 1970) «start: (1965)–end+1: (1971)»"Marriage: Martin Fried to Brenda Vaccaro" Location: (linkback://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brenda_Vaccaro)
William Bishop (m. 1977 – 1978) «start: (1977)–end+1: (1979)»"Marriage: William Bishop to Brenda Vaccaro" Location: (linkback://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brenda_Vaccaro)
Charles Cannizzaro (m. 1981 – 1982) «start: (1981)–end+1: (1983)»"Marriage: Charles Cannizzaro to Brenda Vaccaro" Location: (linkback://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brenda_Vaccaro)
Guy Hector (m. 1986) «start: (1986)»"Marriage: Guy Hector to Brenda Vaccaro" Location: (linkback://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brenda_Vaccaro)
 
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Brenda Vaccaro

Brenda Vaccaro in Where It's At (1969)
BornBrenda Buell Vaccaro
(1939-11-18) November 18, 1939 (age 73)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1961–present
Spouse(s)Martin Fried (m. 1965 – 1970) «start: (1965)–end+1: (1971)»"Marriage: Martin Fried to Brenda Vaccaro" Location: (linkback://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brenda_Vaccaro)
William Bishop (m. 1977 – 1978) «start: (1977)–end+1: (1979)»"Marriage: William Bishop to Brenda Vaccaro" Location: (linkback://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brenda_Vaccaro)
Charles Cannizzaro (m. 1981 – 1982) «start: (1981)–end+1: (1983)»"Marriage: Charles Cannizzaro to Brenda Vaccaro" Location: (linkback://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brenda_Vaccaro)
Guy Hector (m. 1986) «start: (1986)»"Marriage: Guy Hector to Brenda Vaccaro" Location: (linkback://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brenda_Vaccaro)

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

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Early life

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

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 also starred in a series of commercials for Playtex Tampons (both deodorant and/or regular).

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.

Filmography

Film and Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1961Naked CityRosa AlloroTV
1963Fugitive, TheThe FugitiveJoanne SpencerTV; episode #1.8 See Hollywood and Die
1969Where It's AtMolly Hirsch
1969Midnight CowboyShirleyNominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
1970I Love My WifeJody Burrows
1971What's a Nice Girl Like You...?ShirleyABC Movie of the Week
1972SummertreeVanetta
1972Going HomeJenny Benson
1972Marcus Welby, MDMarilyn HoffmanTV
1972McCloudPolice Officer Margaret SerenoTV
1972BanacekSharon ClarkTV
1974The Shape of ThingsTV movie
Best Supporting Actress in Comedy-Variety, Variety or Music
1975Once Is Not EnoughLinda RiggsGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1976Death WeekendDiane
1976SaraSara YarnellTV
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Drama Series
1977Capricorn OneKay Brubaker
1977Airport '77Eve Clayton
1979Dear DetectiveDet. Sgt. Kate HudsonTV movie and TV series, 4 episodes
1979Fast Charlie... the Moonbeam RiderGrace Wolf
1980Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim JonesJane BriggsTV movie
1980First Deadly Sin, TheThe First Deadly SinMonica Gilbert
1981Zorro, The Gay BladeFlorinda
1981The Star MakerDolores BakerTV movie
1984SupergirlBianca
1984Paper DollsJulia BlakeTV, 13 episodes
1984St. ElsewhereRose OrsoTV
1984Love Boat, TheThe Love BoatEleanor SavageTV, 2 episodes
1985WaterDolores Thwaites
1987Jetsons Meet the Flintstones, TheThe Jetsons Meet the FlintstonesDidiTV movie
1988Heart of MidnightBetty
1989Ten Little IndiansMarion Marshall
1989CookieBunny
1990Golden Girls, TheThe Golden GirlsAngela PetrilloTV
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress – Comedy Series
1990ColumboJess McCurdyTV
1990Stolen: One HusbandLisa JarrettTV movie
1990Lethal GamesStella Hudson
1991Masque of the Red DeathElaina Hart
1992Red Shoes DiariesMarthaTV movie
1992Civil WarsActressTV
1994Love AffairNora Stillman
1995FriendsGloria TribbianiTV
1996Mirror Has Two Faces, TheThe Mirror Has Two FacesDoris
1996Touched by an AngelAlTV
1997Ally McBealKaren HorowitzTV
1997–
2004
Johnny BravoVarious: Bunny Bravo / Attendant / Mama / Pilot #2 / Waitress / WomanTV
1998King of Queens, TheThe King of QueensSheila RednesterTV
2001BeckerBob's MotherTV
2002SonnyMeg
2002Just a Walk in the ParkSelma WilliamsTV movie
2003Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great AdventureMrs. Hirsch
2004Just DessertsLinaTV movie
2005Boynton Beach ClubMarilyn
2005American Dad!VoiceTV
2006Nip/TuckBeatrice MadsenTV
2006War at Home, TheThe War at HomeBarbaraTV
2010You Don't Know JackMargo JanusTV 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

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