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Yessir, That’s Our Baby - S8 E15

Happy 78th Birthday to Loretta Swit

“Loretta Jane Swit (born November 4, 1937) is an American stage and television actress known for her character roles. Swit is best known for her portrayal of Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan on M*A*S*H, for which she won two Emmy Awards.”

“Born in Passaic, New Jersey, of Polish descent, Swit’s parents were Lester and Nellie Szwed. She studied with Gene Frankel in Manhattan in New York City and considered him her acting coach. She regularly returned to his studio to speak with aspiring actors throughout her career. Swit is also a singer, trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts prior to entering the theater. She graduated from Pope Pius XII High School in Passaic in 1955. In 1957, she graduated from Katharine Gibbs School in Montclair in June, then was employed as a stenographer in Bloomfield.”

“In 1967, Swit toured with the national company of Any Wednesday, starring Gardner McKay. She continued as one of the Pigeon sisters opposite Don Rickles and Ernest Borgnine in a Los Angeles run of The Odd Couple.”

“When Swit arrived in Hollywood, starting in 1969 she performed guest roles in various television series, including Hawaii Five-O (her first TV credit); Gunsmoke; Mission: Impossible; and Mannix.”

“Starting in 1972, Swit played the sassy and beautiful blonde head nurse Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in the television series M*A*S*H. She inherited the star-making role from actress Sally Kellerman, who portrayed Margaret O'Houlihan in the feature film. Swit was one of only four cast members to stay for all 11 seasons of the show, from 1972 to 1983 (the others being Alan Alda, Jamie Farr, and William Christopher).”

“She and Alda were the only actors to have been in both the pilot episode and the finale; she appeared in all but 11 of the total of 256 episodes.”

“In 1981, Swit played the “Christine Cagney” role in the movie pilot for the television series Cagney & Lacey, but was precluded by contractual obligations from continuing the role.”

“Swit is a very strong advocate for animals and animal rights, donating much of her time to animal-related causes.”

Loretta Swit (Wikipedia)

Got a reproduction Korean War era WAC Overseas Cap today. I’m slowly getting together the correct (or closest to correct) pieces I can find. It’s not the same style hat the nurses in M*A*S*H wore, but it’s the only style I could get my hands on.

M*A*S*H fan art:

And here it is: Hawkeye, Margaret and Trapper, Showtime, Season 1.

Pencil and ballpoint.