and her "first big break" was starring in Little Mary Sunshine,
a parody of the operettas of Sigmund Romberg and Victor Herbert.
It opened off-Broadway in 1959 and ran for over 1000 performances.
(On the right, Eileen with love interest, William Graham, as
Captain "Big Jim" Warington)
In 1964, Eileen created the role of Miss Molloy in Hello Dolly!
A beautiful soprano voice, that would become overshadowed by
her talents as an actress and comedienne.
At the top, singing Elegance with her co-stars,
Charles Nelson Reilly, Jerry Dodge, and Sondra Lee.
The Last Picture Show...1971.
Murder by Death...with David Niven, Maggie Smith and Peter Falk
(among others!), in 1976.
Private Benjamin (1980)...brought Eileen a new generation
of fans...as well as a best supporting actress Oscar nomination,
a TV spin-off, a Golden Globe, and an Emmy.
Clue (in which Eileen played Mrs. Peacock)
came in 1985...3 years after a debilitating car accident.
Guest appearances on All in the Family, Murder She Wrote,
7th Heaven, Will & Grace, and many others
kept Eileen in the public eye.
She passed away in 2013, at the age of 80.