Brenda Buell Vaccaro (born November 18, 1939) is an American stage, television, and film actress.
Vaccaro was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Italian American parents Christine M. and Mario A. Vaccaro, a restaurateur. She was raised in Dallas, Texas, where her parents co-founded Mario's Restaurant, in 1943, converting it from Dutch's Café, and where Vaccaro graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School.
She returned to New York City to study acting under the guidance of Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse, and made her Broadway debut in the short-lived 1961 comedy Everybody Loves Opal, for which she won a Theatre World Award.
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). 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).
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.
Her 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 was 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 supplied the voice for Johnny Bravo's mother Bunny Bravo in the animated cartoon series. She was the first voice of Jay's (Jon Lovitz)'s ex-wife Ardeth on The Critic. She made an appearance on The Smurfs as Scruple, an apprentice of Gargamel, opposite Paul Winchell.
After ill health forced Valerie Harper to bow out of the production of Nice Work if You Can Get It at the Ogunquit Playhouse (Maine), Vaccaro took over the role of Millicent Winter for the remaining performances of the limited run from August 4–15, 2015.
|1969||Where It's At||Molly Hirsch||Nominated—Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress|
|1969||Midnight Cowboy||Shirley||Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture|
|1970||I Love My Wife||Jody Burrows|
|1972||Going Home||Jenny Benson|
|1975||Once Is Not Enough||Linda Riggs||Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
|1977||Capricorn One||Kay Brubaker||Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|1977||Airport '77||Eve Clayton|
|1979||Fast Charlie... the Moonbeam Rider||Grace Wolf|
|1980||First Deadly Sin, TheThe First Deadly Sin||Monica Gilbert|
|1981||Zorro, The Gay Blade||Florinda|
|1988||Heart of Midnight||Betty|
|1989||Ten Little Indians||Marion Marshall|
|1990||Lethal Games||Stella Hudson|
|1991||Masque of the Red Death||Elaina Hart|
|1994||Love Affair||Nora Stillman|
|1996||Mirror Has Two Faces, TheThe Mirror Has Two Faces||Doris|
|2003||Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure||Mrs. Hirsch|
|2005||Boynton Beach Club||Marilyn|
|2016||Kubo and the Two Strings||Kameyo||Voice|
|2017||The Clapper||Ida Krumble|
|1961||Naked City||Rosa Alloro||Episode: "The Corpse Ran Down Mulberry Street"|
|1963||Fugitive, TheThe Fugitive||Joanne Spencer||Episode: "See Hollywood and Die"|
|1971||What's a Nice Girl Like You...?||Shirley||Television movie|
|1972||Marcus Welby, M.D.||Marilyn Hoffman||Episode: "House of Mirrors"|
|1972||Streets of San Francisco||Police Officer Sherry Reese||Episode: "Act of Duty"|
|1972||McCloud||Police Officer Margaret Sereno||Episode: "The Park Avenue Rustlers"|
|1972||Banacek||Sharon Clark||Episode: "To Steal a King"|
|1974||The Shape of Things||Unknown role||Television movie
Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program
|1974||Streets of San Francisco||Hit Woman Sidney (AKA Sally Banning)||Episode: "The Most Deadly Species"|
|1976||Sara||Sara Yarnell||12 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
|1976||Territorial Men||Sara Yarnell||Television movie – compiled from footage shot for the television series Sara|
|1979||Dear Detective||Det. Sgt. Kate Hudson||4 episodes|
|1980||Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones||Jane Briggs||Television movie|
|1981||The Star Maker||Dolores Baker||Television movie|
|1981||The Pride of Jesse Hallam||Marion Galucci||Television movie|
|1984||Paper Dolls||Julia Blake||13 episodes|
|1984||St. Elsewhere||Rose Orso||Episode: "The Women"|
|1984||Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat||Eleanor Savage||2 episodes|
|1985||Deceptions||Helen Adams||Television movie|
|1985||Care Bears||Auntie Freeze||2 episodes; uncredited|
|1987||Jetsons Meet the Flintstones, TheThe Jetsons Meet the Flintstones||Didi||Television movie|
|1988||Murder, She Wrote||Mimi Harcourt||Episode: "Just Another Fish Story"|
|1990||Murder, She Wrote||Didi Blair||Episode: "The Fixer-Upper"|
|1990||Murder, She Wrote||Sheila Kowalski Finley||Episode: "The Family Jewels"|
|1990||Golden Girls, TheThe Golden Girls||Angela Petrillo||Episode: "Ebbtide's Revenge"
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
|1990||Columbo||Jess McCurdy||Episode: "Murder in Malibu"|
|1990||Stolen: One Husband||Lisa Jarrett||Television movie|
|1992||Civil Wars||Actress||Episode: "Oceans White the Phone"|
|1992||Red Shoe Diaries||Martha||Television movie|
|1995||Friends||Gloria Tribbiani||Episode: "The One with the Boobies"|
|1996||Touched by an Angel||Al||Episode: "Out of the Darkness"|
|1997||Ally McBeal||Karen Horowitz||Episode: "The Attitude"|
|1997–2004||Johnny Bravo||Various||55 episodes|
|1998||King of Queens, TheThe King of Queens||Sheila Rednester||Episode: "Paternal Affairs"|
|2001||Becker||Bob's Mother||Episode: "The Ghost of Christmas Presents"|
|2002||Just a Walk in the Park||Selma Williams||Television movie|
|2004||Just Desserts||Lina||Television movie|
|2005||American Dad!||Strip Club Manager||Episode: "Stan Knows Best"|
|2006||Nip/Tuck||Beatrice Madsen||Episode: "Diana Lubey"|
|2006||War at Home, TheThe War at Home||Barbara||Episode: "The West Palm Beach Story"|
|2010||You Don't Know Jack||Margo Janus||Television 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
|2017||Gypsy||Claire Rogers||8 episodes|
|2017||Superior Donuts||Ellen||Episode: "Get It, Arthur"|