Vaccaro, Brenda 1939-

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Vaccaro, Brenda 1939-


Full name, Brenda Buell Vaccaro; born November 18, 1939, in Brooklyn, NY; daughter of Mario A. (a restaurateur) and Christine M. (maiden name, Pavia) Vaccaro; married Martin Fried, 1965 (a stage manager; divorced, 1970); companion of Michael Douglas (an actor), c. 1970-76; married William Bishop (an attorney), 1977 (divorced, 1977); married Charles Cannizzaro (a photographer; divorced, 1981); married Guy P. Hector (a restaurateur). Education: Trained for the stage at the Neighborhood Playhouse, 1958-60, and with David Pressman. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Roman Catholic.


Agent—Cunningham, Escott, Dipene and Associates, 10635 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 130, Los Angeles, CA 90025. Contact—William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.


Actress. Has worked as a professional model and an actress in television commercials. Has also worked as a waitress.


Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Awards, Honors:

Theatre World Award, 1962, for Everybody Loves Opal; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best supporting or featured actress in a drama, 1965, for Cactus Flower; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best actress in a musical, 1968, for How Now, Dow Jones; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best dramatic actress, 1969, for The Goodbye People; Golden Laurel Award nomination, best supporting actress, Producers Guild of America, 1970, for Midnight Cowboy; Golden Globe Award nomination, most promising newcomer—female, 1970, for Where It's At; Emmy Award, best supporting actress in a variety program, 1974, for The Shape of Things; Academy Award nomination and Golden Globe Award, both best supporting actress, both 1975, for Once Is Not Enough; Emmy Award nomination, best actress in a drama series, 1976, for Sara; Medalla Sitges en Plata de Ley, best actress, Catalonian International Film Festival, 1976, for Death Weekend; Saturn Award nomination, best supporting actress, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, 1979, for Capricorn One; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding guest actress in a comedy series, 1990, for "Ebbtides Revenge," The Golden Girls; two Hollywood Press Association Award nominations; Outstanding Achievement Award, Los Angeles Italian Film Awards, 2001.


Stage Appearances:

(Stage debut) Angelina, The Willow Tree, Margo Jones Theatre, Dallas, TX, 1951.

(Broadway debut) Gloria Gulock, Everybody Loves Opal, Longacre Theatre, 1961.

Miss Novick, Tunnel of Love, Westbury Music Fair, Westbury, NY, 1962.

Laura Howard, The Affair, Henry Miller's Theatre, New York City, 1962.

Melissa Peabody, Children from Their Games, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1963.

Toni, Cactus Flower, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1965.

Reedy Harris, The Natural Look, Longacre Theatre, 1967.

Cynthia, How Now, Dow Jones, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York City, 1967.

Nancy Scott, The Goodbye People, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1968.

Louise, Father's Day, John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1971.

Olive Madison, The Odd Couple, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1985.

Karen, Jake's Women, Neil Simon Theatre, New York City, 1991-92.

Diana Vreeland, Full Gallop, Coronet Theatre, Hollywood, CA, 1998.

Major Tours:

Miss Novick, Tunnel of Love, U.S. cities, 1962.

Film Appearances:

(Film debut) Molly Hirsch, Where It's At, United Artists, 1969.

Shirley Gardner, Midnight Cowboy, United Artists, 1969.

Jody Burrows, I Love My Wife, Universal, 1970.

Jenny Benson, Going Home, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1971.

Vanetta, Summertree, Columbia, 1971.

Linda Riggs, Once Is Not Enough (also known as Jacqueline Susann's "Once Is Not Enough"), Paramount, 1975.

Eve Clayton, Airport '77, Universal, 1977.

Diane, The House by the Lake (also known as Death Weekend), American International, 1977.

Kay Brubaker, Capricorn One, Warner Bros., 1978.

Grace Wolf, Fast CharlieThe Moonbeam Rider (also known as Fast Charlie and the Moonbeam), Universal, 1979.

Monica Gilbert, The First Deadly Sin, Filmways, 1980.

Florinda, Zorro, the Gay Blade, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1981.

Chanel Solitaire, United Film Distribution, 1981.

Bianca, Supergirl, TriStar, 1984.

Dolores, Water, Rank/Atlantic Releasing, 1985.

Betty Rivers, Heart of Midnight, Samuel Goldwyn, 1989.

Bunny, Cookie, Warner Bros., 1989.

Marion Marshall, Ten Little Indians (also known as Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Indians" and Death on Safari), Cannon, 1990.

Lethal Games, 1990.

Elaina Hart, The Masque of the Red Death, RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video, 1991.

Nora Stillman, Love Affair, Warner Bros., 1994.

Doris, The Mirror Has Two Faces, TriStar, 1996.

Meg, Sonny, Samuel Goldwyn, 2002.

Marilyn, The Boynton Beach Bereavement Club (also known as Boynton Beach Club), Samuel Goldwyn, 2005.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Shirley Campbell, What's a Nice Girl Like You?, ABC, 1971.

Dr. Carol Gillman, Sunshine, CBS, 1973.

Rosalie Bonanno, Honor Thy Father, CBS, 1973.

Lillian Jacobs, A Long Way Home, ABC, 1981.

Marion Galucci, The Pride of Jesse Hallam, CBS, 1981.

Voice, The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones (animated), syndicated, 1987.

Lisa Jarrett, Stolen: One Husband (also known as I Want Him Back!), CBS, 1990.

Jess McCann, Columbo: Murder in Malibu, ABC, 1990.

Martha, The Red Shoe Diaries (also known as Wild Orchid III: Red Shoe Diaries), Showtime, 1992.

Cecile, Following Her Heart, NBC, 1994.

Sally, When Husbands Cheat, Lifetime, 1998.

Selma Williams, Just a Walk in the Park, 2002.

Lina, Just Desserts, 2004.

Television Appearances; Series:

Sara Yarnell, Sara, CBS, 1976.

Detective Sergeant Kate Hudson, Dear Detective, CBS, 1979.

Julia Blake, Paper Dolls, ABC, 1984.

Voice of Scuple, The Smurfs (animated; also known as Smurfs' Adventures), 1986-90.

Voice of Bunny Bravo, Johnny Bravo (animated), Cartoon Network, 1997.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Jenny Penny, My Lucky Penny, CBS, 1966.

Lucille Sand, Travis Logan, D.A., CBS, 1971.

Lily, NBC, 1974.

Brenda Brooks, The Big Ripoff, NBC, 1975.

Dear Detective, CBS, 1979.

Maxine, Changing Patterns, CBS, 1987.

Voice of Ardeth, The Critic, ABC, 1994.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Jane Briggs, Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (also known as The Mad Messiah), CBS, 1980.

Dolores Baker, The Star Maker, NBC, 1981.

Helen Adams, Deceptions, NBC, 1985.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"The Corpse Ran down Mulberry Street," Naked City, ABC, 1961.

Voice, The Jetsons (animated), 1962.

Felicia Sartene, "Don't Look Down, Don't Look Back," The Greatest Show on Earth, ABC, 1963.

Joanne Spencer, "See Hollywood and Die," The Fugitive, ABC, 1963.

"Hollow Triumph," The Defenders, CBS, 1964.

"The Sworn Twelve," The Defenders, CBS, 1965.

"The Heroine," The Doctors and the Nurses, CBS, 1965.

Julie, "A Charade for Murder," Coronet Blue, CBS, 1967.

"Scapegoat," The F.B.I., ABC, 1969.

Personality, 1969.

"Jenny," The Name of the Game, NBC, 1970.

"One of the Girls in Research," Name of the Game, NBC, 1970.

"Such Civil War in My Love and Hate," The Psychiatrist, NBC, 1971.

"Appointment in Palermo," Name of the Game, NBC, 1971.

The Movie Game, 1971.

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1971, 1975 and 1977.

Sharon Clark, "To Steal a King," Banacek, NBC, 1972.

Officer Sereno, "The Park Avenue Rustlers," McCloud, NBC, 1972.

Marilyn Hoffman, "House of Mirrors," Marcus Welby, M.D., 1972.

Officer Sherry Reese, "Act of Duty," The Streets of San Francisco, ABC, 1973.

The Helen Reddy Show, NBC, 1973.

"Judgement: The Trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg," ABC Theater, ABC, 1974.

Sydney, Jewel Ferguson, Sally Banning, "The Most Deadly Species," Streets of San Francisco, ABC, 1974.

"Mr. Right," Good Heavens, ABC, 1976.

McCoy, NBC, 1976.

The Mike Douglas Show, syndicated, 1977.

"Blood, Sweat and Circuits …," Fame, NBC, 1982.

Eleanor Savage, "Polly's Poker Palace/Shop Ahoy/Double Date/The Hong Kong Affair/Two Tails of a City: Parts 1 & 2," Love Boat, ABC, 1984.

"The Women," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1984.

Super Password, 1986.

"Attic Suite," Tales from the Darkside, syndicated, 1988.

"Marsha and the Nun," 9 to 5, syndicated, 1988.

Mimi Harcourt, "Just Another Fish Story," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1988.

Angela Petrillo, "Ebbtides Revenge," The Golden Girls, NBC, 1990.

Didi Blair, "The Fixer-Upper," Murder, She Wrote, 1990.

Sheila Kowalski Finley, "The Family Jewels," Murder, She Wrote, 1990.

Li's mom, Marg, Captain Planet and the Planeteers (also known as The New Adventures of Captain Planet), 1990.

Voice of Slim, "You Sweat Your Life," Darkwing Duck (animated), 1991.

"Wolf Pack," The Trials of Rosie O'Neill, 1991.

Lillian Brennan, "Mommie Nearest," Flesh 'n' Blood, 1992.

"Oceans White with Phone," Civil Wars, 1992.

Voice of Ardeth, "Marty's First Date," The Critic, ABC, 1994.

Voice of Ardeth, "Miserable," The Critic, ABC, 1994.

Voice of Ardeth, "A Day at the Races and a Night at the Opera," The Critic, ABC, 1994.

Mrs. Gloria Tribbiani, "The One with the Boobies," Friends, NBC, 1994.

Narrator, Sex and the Silver Screen, Showtime, 1996.

Al, "Out of the Darkness," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1996.

The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1996.

Voice of Bunny Bravo, "Johnny Bravo and the Amazon Women," The What a Cartoon Show (animated; also known as The Cartoon Cartoon Show), 1996.

Karen Horowitz, "The Attitude," Ally McBeal, Fox, 1997.

Voices, "Evil Intent," Spawn (also known as Todd McFarlane's "Spawn"), HBO, 1997.

Voices, "No Rest, No Peace," Spawn (also known as Todd McFarlane's "Spawn"), HBO, 1997.

Sheila, "Paternal Affairs," The King of Queens, CBS, 1998.

"The Films of Barbra Streisand," The Directors, Encore, 1999.

Voices, "Twitch Is Down," Spawn (also known as Todd McFarlane's "Spawn"), HBO, 1999.

Voices, "Seed of Hellspawn," Spawn (also known as Todd McFarlane's "Spawn"), HBO, 1999.

Voices, "Hunter's Moon," Spawn (also known as Todd McFarlane's "Spawn"), HBO, 1999.

Bob's mother, "The Ghost of Christmas Presents," Becker, 2001.

Voice, "Stan Knows Best," American Dad, 2005.

Barbara, "The West Palm Beach Story," The War at Home, 2006.

Beatrice Madsen, "Diane Lubey," Nip/Tuck, FX Channel, 2006.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The Shape of Things, CBS, 1973.

Presenter, The 47th Annual Academy Awards, NBC, 1975.

The 48th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1976.

Host, That Was the Year That Was, NBC, 1976.

Oscar Presents John Wayne and the War Movies, ABC, 1977.

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes, CBS, 1977.

The Fourth Annual International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo, CBS, 1978.

Voice of Tillie, Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (animated), ABC, 1978.

The Paul Lynde Comedy Hour, ABC, 1978.

Science Fiction Film Awards (also known as The 5th Annual Science Fiction Film Awards), WGN, 1978.

Battle of the Network Stars, ABC, 1984.

The Love Boat Fall Preview Party, ABC, 1984.

TV's Funniest Game Show Moments, 1984.

Supergirl: The Making of the Movie, ABC, 1985.

Hollywood Women, syndicated, 1988.

Seventh Annual Genesis Awards, The Discovery Channel, 1993.

Narrator, Siegfried & Roy: Masters of the Impossible, Fox, 1996.

Intimate Portrait: Stefanie Powers, Lifetime, 1999.

Narrator, Planet Storm, 2001.

A FatherA SonOnce Upon a Time in Hollywood, HBO, 2005.


Taped Recordings:

Points of Departure, DH Audio, 1993.


Ten Little Indians, Cannon Video, 1990.

Midnight Cowboy’ Revisited, 1994.

Siegfried & Roy: Masters of the Impossible, 1996.

Voice of Mrs. Hirsch, Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure (animated), Paramount, 2003.