Sally Kellerman, known for her role in the “M*A*S*H” film, has died at the age of 84. Kellerman died Thursday morning from heart failure at her home in Woodland Hills.
Prior to landing supporting and main cast member roles, she guest-starred on Star Trek, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, and Bonanza. Sally, who was known for her distinctive husky voice, had an acting career of more than 60 years.
The star was born in Long Beach, California, where she almost launched a singing career. Sally released her autobiography, Read My Lips: Stories of a Hollywood Life, in 2013. Kellerman, who also sang and had a Grand Funk Railroad tune written for her, died Thursday morning at an assisted care facility in Woodland Hills after a battle with dementia, her son, Jack Krane,
1970 was a big year for Kellerman with roles in MASH and Brewster McCloud, both directed by Robert Altman. Kellerman played Korean War Army nurse Maj. Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in the former.
Regarding the humiliation her character endured, Kellerman said: “I loved Bob, but he was a real male chauvinist, probably the worst. I’m kidding. Sort of kidding. But I think that [torment] really saved Hot Lips. She grew up after that. She’d been so uptight, so rigid, no sense of humor — and after all that went down, she started having a really good time, a real life.”
Sally Kellerman Net Worth Was $2.5 Million
Loretta Swit played the role in the long-running TV series based on the movie. But, Kellerman reunited with Altman in films The Player and Ready to Wear.
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