Brenda won the 1989 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Christy Brown's mother in My Left Foot.
As a teenager, a car accident left her out of commission for nearly two years; later she suffered from a case of tuberculosis and the removal of a kidney.
Brenda: If you're doing a scene and you think you're doing it wrong, just swear in the middle of it and then the director can't use it. It's an arrogant way of doing it, but unfortunately it's the only way of self-protection. You have to be a bit anarchic sometimes.
Brenda: When you are lying drunk at the airport you're Irish. When you win an Oscar you're British.