Born: 4 November 1937
Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey
Best known as: 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
Loretta Swit began her career in live theater and then began making TV guest appearances in 1969. In 1972 she landed the full-time role of Major Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan on the TV series M*A*S*H
. The show became such a smash hit that (like fellow actors Gary 'Radar' Burghoff
and Larry 'Major Burns' Linville) Swit remains permanently identified with her character, the uptight-yet-sexy nurse Houlihan. Swit later hosted the show Those Incredible Animals
on TV's The Discovery Channel.
Swit was the original Cagney in the 1981 movie pilot for the TV series Cagney and Lacey… Other M*A*S*H stars included Alan Alda and McLean Stevenson.
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