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Also Known As: Brenda Buell Vaccaro Died:
Born: November 18, 1939 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, model, waitress

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A husky-voiced actress who segued from beautiful leading lady to earthy character parts, Brenda Vaccaro enjoyed success in a variety of mediums. She earned three Tony nominations for her stage work in the 1960s, won a Golden Globe nomination for her role as a socialite paying Jon Voight for sex in "Midnight Cowboy" (1969), and an Oscar nomination for "Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough" (1975). Although she was an accomplished dramatic actress, audiences embraced her most as a wisecracking second banana to everyone from Faye Dunaway in "Supergirl" (1984) to Barbra Streisand in "The Mirror Has Two Faces" (1996), as well as an in-demand voiceover actress. The Emmy-winning Vaccaro earned an impressive array of TV credits as well, but found it harder to book jobs as she grew older. She did earn excellent reviews with the lead role in the gentle romantic comedy "Boynton Beach Club" (2005) and for a brilliant supporting turn as Al Pacino's sister in the Dr. Kevorkian biopic, "You Don't Know Jack" (HBO, 2010). Even 50 years into her career, Vaccaro remained a vital, formidable actress with the training and talent to deliver award-caliber performances - if Hollywood would only give the veteran performer...

A husky-voiced actress who segued from beautiful leading lady to earthy character parts, Brenda Vaccaro enjoyed success in a variety of mediums. She earned three Tony nominations for her stage work in the 1960s, won a Golden Globe nomination for her role as a socialite paying Jon Voight for sex in "Midnight Cowboy" (1969), and an Oscar nomination for "Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough" (1975). Although she was an accomplished dramatic actress, audiences embraced her most as a wisecracking second banana to everyone from Faye Dunaway in "Supergirl" (1984) to Barbra Streisand in "The Mirror Has Two Faces" (1996), as well as an in-demand voiceover actress. The Emmy-winning Vaccaro earned an impressive array of TV credits as well, but found it harder to book jobs as she grew older. She did earn excellent reviews with the lead role in the gentle romantic comedy "Boynton Beach Club" (2005) and for a brilliant supporting turn as Al Pacino's sister in the Dr. Kevorkian biopic, "You Don't Know Jack" (HBO, 2010). Even 50 years into her career, Vaccaro remained a vital, formidable actress with the training and talent to deliver award-caliber performances - if Hollywood would only give the veteran performer the chance.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
3.
 Sonny (2002)
4.
 When Husbands Cheat (1998) Sally Russell
5.
 Mirror Has Two Faces, The (1996) Doris
6.
 Love Affair (1994) Nora Stillman
7.
 Following Her Heart (1994) Cecile
8.
 Red Shoe Diaries, The (1992) Martha
9.
 Lethal Games (1991)
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1951:
Made her stage debut in "The Williow Tree" at Margo Jones Theatre in Dallas
1961:
Made her Broadway debut in the short-lived comedy "Everybody Loves Opal"
1963:
Played aerialist Felicia Sartene on the ABC circus drama, "The Greatest Show on Earth"
1966:
Earned her first Tony nomination for her performance in the Broadway comedy "Cactus Flower"
1968:
Garnered second Tony nomination for her leading role in the musical "How Now, Dow Jones"
1969:
Made her film debut in "Where It's At"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer
1969:
Earned her third Tony nomination for Herb Gardner's "The Goodbye People"
1970:
Gave a memorable performance as a Madison Avenue socialite who picks up Jon Voight in "Midnight Cowboy"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Supporting Actress
1975:
Earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for Jacqueline Susann's "Once Is Not Enough"
1976:
Starred as schoolteacher Sara Yarnell on the short-lived CBS drama series "Sara"; earned an Emmy nomination in 1976 for Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1979:
First time as voice actor, provided the voice of Tillie for ABC's "Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey"
1979:
Starred as Detective Kate Hudson on the short-lived CBS drama series "Dear Detective"
1984:
Played the domineering mother Julia Blake on the short-lived ABC drama series about two struggling models, "Paper Dolls"
1985:
Returned to Broadway for first time in over a decade to appear in a female version of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple"
1989:
Portrayed Bunny in Susan Seidelman's "Cookie," co-starring Peter Falk, Dianne Wiest and Emily Lloyd
1990:
Received an Emmy nomination for her guest starring role in an episode of NBC's "The Golden Girls"
1991:
Co-starred with Alan Alda in the Neil Simon play "Jake's Women"
1994:
Appeared opposite Annette Bening and Warren Beatty in "Love Affair," a remake of the 1939 film
1995:
Played Matt LeBlanc's mother (Gloria Tribbiani) in an episode of NBC's "Friends"
1996:
Portrayed Barbra Streisand's best friend Doris in "The Mirror Has Two Faces"
1997:
Provided the voice of Bunny Bravo for "Johnny Bravo," an animated series on the Cartoon Network
1998:
Played Diana Vreeland in the L.A. production of "Full Gallop"
2010:
Co-starred Kevorkian's stalwart sister in the Barry Levinson directed HBO film "You Don't Know Jack," about Dr. Jack Kevorkian, played by Al Pacino; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
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Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
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Education

Thomas Jefferson High School: Dallas , Texas - 1958
Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York - 1958 - 1960

Notes

Vaccaro has expressed an interest in directing and, along that line, picked up a credit as additional camera assistant (Los Angeles unit) on the Showtime movie "Terminal Virus" (1995)

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companion:
Henry Jaglom. Director, screenwriter.
husband:
Martin Fried. Stage manager. Married in 1965; divorced in 1970; died on March 28, 2000 at age 62.
companion:
Michael Douglas. Actor. Met on set of "Summertree"; together c. 1970-76.
husband:
William S Bishop. Attorney. Married in 1977; divorced in 1977.
husband:
Charles Cannizzaro. Photographer. Divorced in 1981.
husband:
Guy P Hector. Restaurateur, retailer. French.
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father:
Mario A Vaccaro. Restaurateur.
mother:
Christine M Vaccaro.

Contributions

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Won Best Supporting Actress nomination for "Once Is Not Enough" (1975).

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