Yitzhak Edward Asner is an American actor, voice actor and a former president of the Screen Actors Guild. He is known for his role as Lou Grant during the 1970s and early 1980s, on both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off series Lou Grant, making him one of the few television actors to portray the same leading character in both a comedy and a drama, he played John Wayne's adversary Bart Jason in the 1966 Western El Dorado. He is known for portraying Santa Claus in the comedy film Elf and its animated remake Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas, he is the most honored male performer in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards. In 2009, he starred as the voice of Carl Fredricksen in Pixar's animated film Up, made a guest appearance on CSI: NY in the episode "Yahrzeit". In early 2011, Asner returned to television as butcher Hank Greziak in Working Class, the first original sitcom on cable channel CMT, he starred in the Canadian television series Michael and Thursdays, on CBC Television and has appeared in the 2013 television series The Glades.
Asner guest-starred as Guy Redmayne, a homophobic billionaire who supports Alicia Florrick's campaign, in the sixth season of The Good Wife. Asner was born on November 1929, in Kansas City, Missouri, his Jewish Russian-born parents, Lizzie, a housewife, Morris David Asner, ran a second-hand shop. He was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family. Asner attended Wyandotte High School in Kansas City and the University of Chicago, he worked on the assembly line for General Motors. Asner served with the U. S. Army Signal appeared in plays that toured Army camps in Europe. Following his military service, Asner joined the Playwrights Theatre Company in Chicago, but left for New York City before members of that company regrouped as the Compass Players in the mid-1950s, he made guest appearances with the successor to Compass, The Second City, is considered part of The Second City extended family. In New York City, Asner played Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum in the Off-Broadway revival of Threepenny Opera, scored his first Broadway role in Face of a Hero alongside Jack Lemmon in 1960, began to make inroads as a television actor, having made his TV debut in 1957 on Studio One.
In two notable performances on television, Asner played Detective Sgt. Thomas Siroleo in the 1963 episode of The Outer Limits titled "It Crawled Out of the Woodwork" and the reprehensible ex-premier Brynov in the 1965 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea episode "The Exile." He made his film debut in 1962, in the Elvis Presley vehicle Kid Galahad. Before he landed his role with Mary Tyler Moore, Asner guest-starred in television series including the syndicated crime drama Decoy, starring Beverly Garland, the NBC western series The Outlaws and Route 66 in 1962 as Custody Officer Lincoln Peers, he was cast on Jack Lord's ABC drama series Stoney Burke and in the series finale of CBS's The Reporter, starring Harry Guardino. He appeared on Mr. Novak, Mission: Impossible, The Outer Limits and The Invaders. Asner played a minor character in children's television show W. I. T. C. H.. Asner is best known for his character Lou Grant, first introduced on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1970. In 1977, after the series, Asner's character was given Lou Grant.
In contrast to the Mary Tyler Moore series, a thirty-minute award-winning comedy about television journalism, the Lou Grant series was an hour-long award-winning drama about newspaper journalism. In addition he made appearances as Lou Grant on two other shows: Roseanne. Other television series starring Asner in regular roles include Thunder Alley, The Bronx Zoo and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, he starred in one episode of the western series Dead Man's Gun, as well as portraying art smuggler August March in an episode of the original Hawaii Five-O and reprised the role in the Hawaii Five-0 remake. He appeared as a veteran streetwise officer in an episode of the 1973 version of Police Story. Asner was acclaimed for his role in the ABC miniseries Roots, as Captain Davies, the morally conflicted captain of the Lord Ligonier, the slave ship that brought Kunta Kinte to America; the role earned Asner an Emmy Award, as did the dark role of Axel Jordache in the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man. In contrast, he played a former pontiff in the lead role of Papa Giovanni: Ioannes XXIII, an Italian television film for RAI.
Asner has had an extensive voice acting career. In 1987, he played the eponymous character, George F. Babbitt, in the L. A. Classic Theatre Works' radio theatre production of Sinclair Lewis's novel, Babbitt, he provided the voices for Joshua on Joshua and the Battle of Jericho for Hanna-Barbera, J. Jonah Jameson on the 1990s animated television series Spider-Man. Asner provided the voice of famed American orator Edward Everett in the 2017 documentary film The Gettysburg Address. Asner provided the voice of Carl Fredricksen in the Academy Award-winning Pixar film Up, he received great critical praise for the role, with one critic going so far
The Prospect Studios
The Prospect Studios is a lot containing several television studios located at 4151 Prospect Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, at the corner of Prospect and Talmadge Street, just east of Hollywood. For more than 50 years, this facility served as the West Coast headquarters of the American Broadcasting Company before the network moved its main headquarters to the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. From 1949 to 1999, ABC-owned Los Angeles television station KABC-TV was located there; the station moved to a new state-of-the-art facility located on a portion of Disney's Grand Central Creative Campus in nearby Glendale, California, in December 1999. The Walt Disney Company, which acquired ABC in 1996, continues to own and operate the facility to this day. Opening in 1915 as The Vitagraph Studio, the original silent film plant included two daylight film stages, support buildings and many exterior film sets. In 1925, Vitagraph's founder Albert Smith sold the company to the Warner brothers.
In 1927, the facility became The Warner East Hollywood Annex and was used for many large-scale films. Here, in 1927, Warner Bros. shot portions of The Jazz Singer, the first film with synchronised sound, using the Vitaphone process. The "interior" club scenes for the film were shot in Stage 5, still located today in the center of the Studio Lot. In the 1930s and'40s, Warner Bros. continued to shoot on the Lot using large water tanks and backlot sets. In 1948, the property was sold to the newly formed American Broadcasting Company, the lot was re-equipped for television as the ABC Television Center. ABC proceeded to base their new Los Angeles television station, KECA-TV in the newly purchased lot, a year later. Construction on the studio lot to bring it to its current form took place in 1957. ABC still uses the Prospect facility as a network retransmission center for its programming. Many memorable television shows, including those produced for ABC, other networks or syndication, have been produced in the studios.
The third JFK/Nixon debate was held in this studio on October 13, 1960, with Kennedy in a New York studio, while Nixon and the interviewing panel were based at the Prospect lot, albeit in separate studios to insure fairness between the candidates. American Bandstand started recording there in 1964. ABC's longest running program, General Hospital, now in its 54th year on the air, has been taped at this location since the mid-1980s after relocating from the Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood. Many other classic television shows were produced there including The Lawrence Welk Show, Barney Miller, Fridays, Mr. Belvedere, Welcome Back, Kotter and Soap. Barney Miller and Soap were shot at Sunset Gower Studios. Four of the most well-known game shows in television history were recorded at ABC Television Center: Family Feud, Let's Make a Deal, The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game. Other game shows taped there included The Better Sex, Break the Bank, Match Game and Password All-Stars. John Davidson, along with Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton and Cathy Lee Crosby co-hosted That's Incredible!, an ABC show that ran from 1980 to 1984, considered one of the first true shows of the reality television genre.
ABC's long-running show, America's Funniest Home Videos, taped here from 1990 to 1993 during the era of Bob Saget. The Los Angeles Bureau of ABC News was located at The Prospect Studios until it was moved to the KABC-TV studios in Glendale in 2011; the facility served as broadcast headquarters for ABC's coverage of the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games. In 1996, ABC became part of The Walt Disney Company, the origins of which trace back to its first studio in Silver Lake; as the television and film industry entered the next millennium, the lot was renamed The Prospect Studios. In 2002, the property underwent a major renovation to position its facilities for the future and new technical innovation. Current shows besides General Hospital produced here include ABC's medical drama Grey's Anatomy. 1984 Summer Olympic Games ABC World News Tonight All-Star Blitz Amanda's American Bandstand America's Funniest Home Videos America's Funniest People Animal Crack-Ups American Journal AM Los Angeles Barney Miller Benson The Better Sex Break the Bank Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak The Dating Game The Dick Cavett Show Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve Diff'rent Strokes The Dolly Parton Show Double Talk The Ernie Kovacs Show Eyewitness News Family Feud Fridays General Hospital Grey's Anatomy Hail to the Chief High Rollers Hot Seat It's a Living It's Garry Shandling's Show The Krypton Factor Let's Make a Deal The Lawrence Welk Show Live with Regis & Kelly Love Connection Married... with Children Match Game Moesha Mr. Belvedere T
Claudia Grace Wells is an American actress and businesswoman, best known for her role as Jennifer Parker in the film Back to the Future. Born in Kuala Lumpur, Claudia Wells grew up in San Francisco and moved to Los Angeles at the age of 14, she graduated from Beverly Hills High School. She started acting with appearances in TV shows. Wells played Marty McFly's girlfriend, in the 1985 film Back to the Future, she did not end up in the first film of the successful franchise. According to Wells, she had been cast, but a pilot she had done for ABC had been picked up, she was contractually forced to drop out of Back to the Future. During that time, Eric Stoltz had been shooting for five weeks in the role of Marty McFly. Melora Hardin was slated for the role of Jennifer, though she never filmed any scenes; the producers replaced Stoltz with Michael J. Fox. By Wells's pilot had been finished and she was recast as Jennifer, now shooting alongside Fox, never having filmed a frame with Stoltz; that same year, Wells co-starred in Stop the Madness, an anti-drug music video sponsored by the Reagan administration, featuring several famous musicians and athletes.
The following year, she appeared in the TV movie Babies Having Babies, the short-lived series Fast Times, a TV adaptation of the 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Following Fast Times, she did not again appear on-screen until the 1996 independent film Still Waters Burn. After her mother was diagnosed with cancer, Wells said family took precedence and told the studio she would not be available to reprise the role for the two sequels. In the early 1990s she started Armani Wells, which she still manages. After a lengthy absence, Wells returned to acting in 2011 with a small role in the independent science-fiction film Alien Armageddon; the same year Wells had the opportunity to reprise her role from Back to the Future, 26 years after her last appearance in the series. She provided the voice of Jennifer Parker for Back to the Future: The Game. Wells announced that her next project would be a horror film titled Board. Official website Armani Wells, a clothing store founded and run by Wells. Claudia Wells on IMDb Back to the Future website
American Broadcasting Company
The American Broadcasting Company is an American commercial broadcast television network, a flagship property of Walt Disney Television, a subsidiary of the Disney Media Networks division of The Walt Disney Company. The network is headquartered in Burbank, California on Riverside Drive, directly across the street from Walt Disney Studios and adjacent to the Roy E. Disney Animation Building, But the network's second corporate headquarters and News headquarters remains in New York City, New York at their broadcast center on 77 West 66th Street in Lincoln Square in Upper West Side Manhattan. Since 2007, when ABC Radio was sold to Citadel Broadcasting, ABC has reduced its broadcasting operations exclusively to television; the fifth-oldest major broadcasting network in the world and the youngest of the Big Three television networks, ABC is nicknamed as "The Alphabet Network", as its initialism represents the first three letters of the English alphabet, in order. ABC launched as a radio network on October 12, 1943, serving as the successor to the NBC Blue Network, purchased by Edward J. Noble.
It extended its operations to television in 1948, following in the footsteps of established broadcast networks CBS and NBC. In the mid-1950s, ABC merged with United Paramount Theatres, a chain of movie theaters that operated as a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures. Leonard Goldenson, the head of UPT, made the new television network profitable by helping develop and greenlight many successful series. In the 1980s, after purchasing an 80 percent interest in cable sports channel ESPN, the network's corporate parent, American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. merged with Capital Cities Communications, owner of several print publications, television and radio stations. In 1996, most of Capital Cities/ABC's assets were purchased by The Walt Disney Company; the television network has eight owned-and-operated and over 232 affiliated television stations throughout the United States and its territories. Some of the ABC-affiliated stations can be seen in Canada via pay-television providers, certain other affiliates can be received over-the-air in areas within the Canada–United States border.
ABC News provides news and features content for select radio stations owned by Citadel Broadcasting, which purchased the ABC Radio properties in 2007. In the 1930s, radio in the United States was dominated by three companies: the Columbia Broadcasting System, the Mutual Broadcasting System, the National Broadcasting Company; the last was owned by electronics manufacturer Radio Corporation of America, which owned two radio networks that each ran different varieties of programming, NBC Blue and NBC Red. The NBC Blue Network was created in 1927 for the primary purpose of testing new programs on markets of lesser importance than those served by NBC Red, which served the major cities, to test drama series. In 1934, Mutual filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission regarding its difficulties in establishing new stations, in a radio market, being saturated by NBC and CBS. In 1938, the FCC began a series of investigations into the practices of radio networks and published its report on the broadcasting of network radio programs in 1940.
The report recommended that RCA give up control of either NBC NBC Blue. At that time, the NBC Red Network was the principal radio network in the United States and, according to the FCC, RCA was using NBC Blue to eliminate any hint of competition. Having no power over the networks themselves, the FCC established a regulation forbidding licenses to be issued for radio stations if they were affiliated with a network which owned multiple networks that provided content of public interest. Once Mutual's appeals against the FCC were rejected, RCA decided to sell NBC Blue in 1941, gave the mandate to do so to Mark Woods. RCA converted the NBC Blue Network into an independent subsidiary, formally divorcing the operations of NBC Red and NBC Blue on January 8, 1942, with the Blue Network being referred to on-air as either "Blue" or "Blue Network"; the newly separated NBC Red and NBC Blue divided their respective corporate assets. Between 1942 and 1943, Woods offered to sell the entire NBC Blue Network, a package that included leases on landlines, three pending television licenses, 60 affiliates, four operations facilities, contracts with actors, the brand associated with the Blue Network.
Investment firm Dillon, Read & Co. offered $7.5 million to purchase the network, but the offer was rejected by Woods and RCA president David Sarnoff. Edward J. Noble, the owner of Life Savers candy, drugstore chain Rexall and New York City radio station WMCA, purchased the network for $8 million. Due to FCC ownership rules, the transaction, to include the purchase of three RCA stations by Noble, would require him to resell his station with the FCC's approval; the Commission authorized the transaction on October 12, 1943. Soon afterward, the Blue Network was purchased by the new company Noble founded, the American Broadcasting System. Noble subsequently acquired the rights to the American Broadcasting Company name from George B. Storer in 1944. Meanwhile, in August 1944, the West Coast division of the Blue Network, which owned San Francisco radio station KGO, bought Los Angeles station KECA f
Warner Bros. Television
Warner Bros. Television is the television production arm of Warner Bros. Entertainment; the division was started on March 21, 1955 with its first and most successful head being Jack L. Warner's son-in-law William T. Orr. ABC had major success against its competition with Walt Disney's Disneyland TV series and approached Warner Bros. with the idea of purchasing the studio's film library. WB formally entered television production with the premiere of its self-titled anthology series Warner Bros. Presents on ABC; the one-hour weekly show featured rotating episodes of television series based on the WB films and Kings Row, as well as an original series titled Cheyenne with Clint Walker. The first one-hour television western, Cheyenne became a big hit for the network and the studio with the added advantage of featuring promotions for upcoming Warner Bros. cinema releases in the show's last ten minutes. One such segment for Rebel Without a Cause featured Gig Young notably talking about road safety with James Dean.
With only Cheyenne being a success, WB ended the ten-minute promotions of new films and replaced Warner Bros. Presents with an anthology series titled Conflict, it was felt. Conflict showed the pilots for 77 Sunset Strip; the success of Cheyenne led WBTV to produce many series for ABC such as Westerns, crime dramas, other shows such as The Gallant Men and The Roaring Twenties using stock footage from WB war films and gangster films respectively. The company produced Jack Webb's Red Nightmare for the U. S. Department of Defense, shown on American television on Jack Webb's General Electric True. All shows were made in the manner of WB's B pictures in the 1940s. During the 1960 Writers Guild of America strike, WB reused many plots from its films and other television shows under the nom de plume of "W. Hermanos"; this was another example of imitating Warner Bros' B Pictures who would remake an "A" film and switch the setting. Two of the most popular stars, James Garner and Clint Walker, quit over their conditions.
Garner never returned to the Warner's fold during this period. Successful Warner's television stars found themselves in leading roles of many of the studio's films with no increase in salary. Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. was the lead of 77 Sunset Strip, in a recurring role on Maverick, headlined several films until exhaustion forced the studio to give him a rest. Many other actors under contract to Warner's at the time, who despite their work conditions, did see their stars rise over time, albeit for most only included Jack Kelly, Will Hutchins, Peter Brown, Ty Hardin, Wayde Preston, John Russell, Donald May, Rex Reason, Richard Long, Van Williams, Roger Smith, Mike Road, Anthony Eisley, Robert Conrad, Robert McQueeney, Dorothy Provine, Diane McBain, Connie Stevens, who had recorded songs, "Kookie, Kookie" with Edd Byrnes in 1959. Burns and Troy Donahue would become teen heartthrobs. Another contract player, Englishman Roger Moore, was growing displeased with Warner as his contract was expiring and would relocate to Europe from Hollywood, becoming an international star on TV, in films.
Warners contracted established stars such as Ray Danton, Peter Breck, Jeanne Cooper and Grant Williams. These stars appeared as guest stars, sometimes reprising their series role in another TV series; the stars appeared in WB cinema releases with no additional salary, with some such as Zimbalist, Walker and Danton playing the lead roles. Some stars such as Connie Stevens, Edd Byrnes, Robert Conrad and Roger Smith made albums for Warner Bros. Records. One particular recording, a novelty tune titled Kookie, Kookie became a big hit for Edd Byrnes and Connie Stevens; the following year, Connie Stevens had her own hit, with Sixteen Reasons. It was during this period, that shows Westerns like Cheyenne and Maverick. Depending on the particular show, William Lava or David Buttolph would compose the music, with lyrics by Stan Jones or Paul Francis Webster, among others. For the crime shows, it was up to the songwriting team of Jerry Livingston and Mack David, who scored the themes for the sitcom Room for One More, The Bugs Bunny Show.
In 1960, WBTV turned its attentions to the younger viewer, for one program, anyway, as they brought Bugs Bunny and the other WB cartoon characters to prime time, with The Bugs Bunny Show, which featured cartoons released after July 31, 1948, combined with newly animated introductory material. That year saw the debut of The Roaring Twenties (which was thought to be a more benign alternative to Desilu's The Untouchables. Whether or
The New York Times
The New York Times is an American newspaper based in New York City with worldwide influence and readership. Founded in 1851, the paper has won more than any other newspaper; the Times is ranked 17th in the world by circulation and 2nd in the U. S; the paper is owned by The New York Times Company, publicly traded and is controlled by the Sulzberger family through a dual-class share structure. It has been owned by the family since 1896. G. Sulzberger, the paper's publisher, his father, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. the company's chairman, are the fourth and fifth generation of the family to helm the paper. Nicknamed "The Gray Lady", the Times has long been regarded within the industry as a national "newspaper of record"; the paper's motto, "All the News That's Fit to Print", appears in the upper left-hand corner of the front page. Since the mid-1970s, The New York Times has expanded its layout and organization, adding special weekly sections on various topics supplementing the regular news, editorials and features.
Since 2008, the Times has been organized into the following sections: News, Editorials/Opinions-Columns/Op-Ed, New York, Sports of The Times, Science, Home and other features. On Sunday, the Times is supplemented by the Sunday Review, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Magazine and T: The New York Times Style Magazine; the Times stayed with the broadsheet full-page set-up and an eight-column format for several years after most papers switched to six, was one of the last newspapers to adopt color photography on the front page. The New York Times was founded as the New-York Daily Times on September 18, 1851. Founded by journalist and politician Henry Jarvis Raymond and former banker George Jones, the Times was published by Raymond, Jones & Company. Early investors in the company included Edwin B. Morgan, Christopher Morgan, Edward B. Wesley. Sold for a penny, the inaugural edition attempted to address various speculations on its purpose and positions that preceded its release: We shall be Conservative, in all cases where we think Conservatism essential to the public good.
We do not believe that everything in Society is either right or wrong. In 1852, the newspaper started a western division, The Times of California, which arrived whenever a mail boat from New York docked in California. However, the effort failed. On September 14, 1857, the newspaper shortened its name to The New-York Times. On April 21, 1861, The New York Times began publishing a Sunday edition to offer daily coverage of the Civil War. One of the earliest public controversies it was involved with was the Mortara Affair, the subject of twenty editorials in the Times alone; the main office of The New York Times was attacked during the New York City Draft Riots. The riots, sparked by the beginning of drafting for the Union Army, began on July 13, 1863. On "Newspaper Row", across from City Hall, Henry Raymond stopped the rioters with Gatling guns, early machine guns, one of which he manned himself; the mob diverted, instead attacking the headquarters of abolitionist publisher Horace Greeley's New York Tribune until being forced to flee by the Brooklyn City Police, who had crossed the East River to help the Manhattan authorities.
In 1869, Henry Raymond died, George Jones took over as publisher. The newspaper's influence grew in 1870 and 1871, when it published a series of exposés on William Tweed, leader of the city's Democratic Party—popularly known as "Tammany Hall" —that led to the end of the Tweed Ring's domination of New York's City Hall. Tweed had offered The New York Times five million dollars to not publish the story. In the 1880s, The New York Times transitioned from supporting Republican Party candidates in its editorials to becoming more politically independent and analytical. In 1884, the paper supported Democrat Grover Cleveland in his first presidential campaign. While this move cost The New York Times a portion of its readership among its more progressive and Republican readers, the paper regained most of its lost ground within a few years. After George Jones died in 1891, Charles Ransom Miller and other New York Times editors raised $1 million dollars to buy the Times, printing it under the New York Times Publishing Company.
However, the newspaper was financially crippled by the Panic of 1893, by 1896, the newspaper had a circulation of less than 9,000, was losing $1,000 a day. That year, Adolph Ochs, the publisher of the Chattanooga Times, gained a controlling interest in the company for $75,000. Shortly after assuming control of the paper, Ochs coined the paper's slogan, "All The News That's Fit To Print"; the slogan has appeared in the paper since September 1896, has been printed in a box in the upper left hand corner of the front page since early 1897. The slogan was a jab at competing papers, such as Joseph Pulitzer's New York World and William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal, which were known for a lurid and inaccurate reporting of facts and opinions, described by the end of the century as "yellow journalism". Under Ochs' guidance, aided by Carr
Verla Eileen Regina Brennan was an American film and television actress. She made her film debut in the satire Divorce American Style, followed by a supporting role in Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show, which earned her a BAFTA award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, she gained further critical acclaim for her role as Doreen Lewis in Private Benjamin, for which she received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She reprised the role for the TV adaptation, winning both a Golden Globe and Emmy for her performance. Brennan starred in the mystery comedy Clue, had a minor role in the horror film Jeepers Creepers. Brennan worked prolifically in television, receiving Emmy nominations for her guest-starring roles on Newhart, Thirtysomething and Will & Grace. Brennan was born Verla Eileen Regina Brennen on September 3, 1932, in Los Angeles, daughter of Regina "Jeanne" Menehan, a silent film actress, John Gerald Brennen, a doctor. Of Irish descent, she was raised Roman Catholic.
After graduating from high school in California, Brennan relocated to Washington, D. C. to attend Georgetown University, where she was a member of the Bauble Society. She relocated to New York City to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she was a roommate of Rue McClanahan. Brennan began her acting career while attending university, appearing in Georgetown's stage productions of Arsenic and Old Lace, her exceptional comic skills and romantic soprano voice propelled her from unknown to star in the title role of Rick Besoyan's off-Broadway tongue-in-cheek musical/operetta Little Mary Sunshine, earning Brennan an Obie Award, its unofficial sequel The Student Gypsy, on Broadway. She played Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker at the 1961 Central City, Festival, directed by Arthur Penn, who had just won a Tony for his direction of the play on Broadway, she went on to create the role of Irene Molloy in the original Broadway production of Hello, Dolly!. Brennan's work in theatre attracted attention from television producers in California.
Carl Reiner, seeking an actress to play the role of Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show, flew her from New York to Los Angeles to audition for the part. Her feature film debut was in Divorce American Style, she soon became one of the most recognizable supporting actresses in television. Her roles were sympathetic characters, though she played a variety of other character types, including earthy and sassy, but "with a heart of gold". A year after her feature-film debut, she became a semiregular on the comedy-variety show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, but stayed for only two months. Although her name was not recognized by the general public, she became a favorite of many directors, in particular Peter Bogdanovich, she appeared in Bogdanovich's 1971 drama The Last Picture Show as Genevieve, for which she received a BAFTA nomination for best supporting actress. In 1972, Brennan appeared in an All In The Family episode, "The Elevator Story", as Angelique McCarthy, followed by a role as brothel madam Billie in George Roy Hill's Academy Award-winning 1973 film The Sting as the confidante of con man Henry Gondorf.
In 1974, she reunited with director Bogdanovich, appearing in his adaptation of the Henry James novella Daisy Miller. Bogdanovich was the only director who made use of her musical talents when he cast her as Cybill Shepherd's crude, fun-loving maid in his 1975 musical flop At Long Last Love. Brennan worked with director Robert Moore and writer Neil Simon, appearing in Murder by Death as Tess Skeffington. Both of these movies starred James Coco, James Cromwell, Peter Falk, she had a starring role, playing the disc jockey Mutha in the 1978 movie, FM, a comedy-drama about life at a rock-music radio station. In 1980, Brennan received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her role as Goldie Hawn's nasty commanding officer in Private Benjamin, she reprised the role in the television adaptation, for which she won an Emmy as well as a Golden Globe. She had one additional Golden Globe nomination and six Emmy nominations. Brennan received an Emmy nomination for her guest-starring role in Taxi episode "Thy Boss's Wife".
In the 1990s, she appeared in Stella with Bette Midler, Bogdanovich's Texasville, Reckless. She had a recurring role on the sitcom Blossom as the neighbor/confidante of the title character, she appeared opposite Vincent D'Onofrio in a segment of Boys Life 2, an anthology film about gay men in America. In 2001, she made a brief appearance in the horror movie Jeepers Creepers, the following year starred in the dark comedy film Comic Book Villains, with DJ Qualls. In recent years, Brennan had guest-starred in television, including recurring roles as the nosy Mrs. Bink in 7th Heaven and as gruff acting coach Zandra on Will & Grace. In 2003, director Shawn Levy cast her in a cameo role of a babysitter to Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt's children in an updated remake of Cheaper by the Dozen. Levy was inspired to cast Brennan after seeing Private Benjamin on television. Brennan's cameo was deleted from the actual cut of the movie, however. Nonetheless, she did receive credit for her role on the deleted scenes special feature of the film's DVD.
In 2004, she appeared in The Hollow as Joan Van Etten. Brennan