Loretta Swit


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Equally versatile at comedy and drama, Loretta Swit was born on November 4, 1937, in Passaic, New Jersey. Her parents, Polish immigrants, were not in favor of her making a stab at a show business career. Performing on stage from age 7, however, nothing and nobody could deter her. A natural singer who trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts... See full bio »

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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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M*A*S*H Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
(1972-1983)
Whoops Apocalypse President Barbara Adams
(1986)
(1983)
S.O.B. Polly Reed
(1981)

Filmography

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 2019 Play the Flute
Mrs. Kincaid
 1998 Beach Movie
Mrs. Jones
 1998 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)
Maggie Dennings
- Drill for Death (1998) ... Maggie Dennings
 1997 Cow and Chicken (TV Series)
Judge
- Space Cow/The Legend of Sailcat (1997) ... Judge (voice, as Lorretta Swit)
 1996 Forest Warrior
Shirley
 1995 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Evelyn Turner
- Who Killed the Sweet Smell of Success? (1995) ... Evelyn Turner
 1994 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Kim Mitchell
- Portrait of Death (1994) ... Kim Mitchell
 1992 The Big Battalions (TV Mini Series)
Cora Lynne
- Episode #1.4 (1992) ... Cora Lynne
- Episode #1.3 (1992) ... Cora Lynne
 1992 A Killer Among Friends (TV Movie)
Det. Patricia Staley
 1992 Batman: The Animated Series (TV Series)
Marcia Cates / Photographer
- Mad as a Hatter (1992) ... Marcia Cates / Photographer (voice)
 1991 Hell Hath No Fury (TV Movie)
Mary
 1990 A Matter of Principal (TV Movie)
Janet Short
 1989 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Wanda Karpinsky
- My Dad Can't Be Crazy... Can He? (1989) ... Wanda Karpinsky
 1988 Dolly (TV Series)
LuWanda Novack
- Episode #1.19 (1988) ... LuWanda Novack
 1988 14 Going on 30 (TV Movie)
Miss Horton
 1986 Whoops Apocalypse
President Barbara Adams
 1986 Dreams of Gold: The Mel Fisher Story (TV Movie)
Deo Fisher
 1985 Miracle at Moreaux (TV Movie)
Sister Gabrielle
 1985 Beer
B.D. Tucker
 1985 Sam (TV Movie)
Samantha Flynn
 1985 The Execution (TV Movie)
Marysia Walenka
 1983 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (TV Movie)
Grace Bradley
 1983 First Affair (TV Movie)
Jane Simon
 1972-1983 M*A*S*H (TV Series)
Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
- Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen (1983) ... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
- As Time Goes By (1983) ... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
- Give and Take (1983) ... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
- Friends and Enemies (1983) ... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
- Say No More (1983) ... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
 1982 Games Mother Never Taught You (TV Movie)
Laura Bentells
 1982 The Kid from Nowhere (TV Movie)
Caroline Baker
 1981 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)
Det. Christine Cagney
- Pilot (1981) ... Det. Christine Cagney
 1981 S.O.B.
Polly Reed
 1980 The Love Tapes (TV Movie)
Samantha Young
 1979 Valentine (TV Movie)
Emily
 1979 Friendships, Secrets and Lies (TV Movie)
B.J.
 1979 Mirror, Mirror (TV Movie)
Sandy McLaren
 1979 Supertrain (TV Series)
Alice Phillips
- Hail to the Chief (1979) ... Alice Phillips
 1977 The Hostage Heart (TV Movie)
Chris LeBlanc
 1976 Good Heavens (TV Series)
Maxine
- Good Neighbor Maxine (1976) ... Maxine
 1975 Rickles (TV Movie)
Major Hotlips Houlihan
 1975 Race with the Devil
Alice
 1975 The Last Day (TV Movie)
Daisy
 1974 Freebie and the Bean
Mildred - Red Meyers' Wife
 1974 Petrocelli (TV Series)
Ella Knox
- By Reason of Madness (1974) ... Ella Knox
 1974 Policewomen
Police Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
 1972-1973 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Mary Beth Scoggins (segment "Love and the Locksmith") / Doris (segment "Love and the Pick-Up Fantasy")
- Love and the Big Top/Love and the Locksmith/Love and the Odd Couples/Love and the Unwedding (1973) ... Mary Beth Scoggins (segment "Love and the Locksmith")
- Love and the Hairy Excuse/Love and Lady Luck/Love and the Pick-Up Fantasy (1972) ... Doris (segment "Love and the Pick-Up Fantasy")
 1973 Shirts/Skins (TV Movie)
Linda Bush
 1973 Ironside (TV Series)
Sally Pearson
- Ollinger's Last Case (1973) ... Sally Pearson
 1972 Young Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Alice
- The Nature of the Beast (1972) ... Alice
 1972 Stand Up and Be Counted
Hilary McBride
 1972 Bonanza (TV Series)
Ellen Sue Greely
- A Visit to Upright (1972) ... Ellen Sue Greely
 1972 Fireball Forward (TV Movie)
Nurse (uncredited)
 1972 Deadhead Miles
Lady with Glass Eye
 1969-1972 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Wanda Russell / Betty / Anna
- Bait Once, Bait Twice (1972) ... Betty
- Three Dead Cows at Makapuu: Part II (1970) ... Wanda Russell
- Three Dead Cows at Makapuu: Part I (1970) ... Wanda Russell
 1971 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (TV Series)
Rosalyn
- The Convicts (1971) ... Rosalyn
 1971 Cade's County (TV Series)
Ginny Lomax
- Homecoming (1971) ... Ginny Lomax
 1970 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Donna / Belle Clark
- Snow Train: Part 2 (1970) ... Donna
- Snow Train: Part 1 (1970) ... Donna
- The Pack Rat (1970) ... Belle Clark
 1970 Mannix (TV Series)
Jill Packard / Dorothy Harker
- Figures in a Landscape (1970) ... Jill Packard
- Only One Death to a Customer (1970) ... Dorothy Harker
 1970 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Midge Larson
- Homecoming (1970) ... Midge Larson
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Other Works:

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1 Interview | 2 Articles | 5 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Lorretta Swit

Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
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Personal Quote:

'Major Houlihan' (M*A*S*H (1972)) was unique at that time and in her time, which was the 50's when it was really happening. She became even more unique I think because we allowed her to continue to grow -- we watched her evolve. I don't think that's ever been done in quite that way, on what was labeled a 'sitcom' because other was no other word for it. I never think of it as a sitcom. If there ... See more »

Trivia:

Her outspoken stand against the killing of fur-bearing animals for high-fashion wear has been rewarded with acknowledgments from the American Humane Society and the Animal Protection Institute of America. In addition, she teamed with Robert Redford for a PBS special centering on animal species that were threatened with extinction and is an active board member for Actors and Others for Animals, ... See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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