Sally Kellerman, who played Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in Robert Altman’s 1970 film M*A*S*H, has died at the age of 84.
Her role in the dark comedy about US Army medics in the Korean War earned her an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe nomination.
Again, she worked with director Altman on films including Brewster McCloud, The Player, and Pret-a-Porter.
Her role as Dr. Elizabeth Dehner in the original TV series’ second pilot is fondly remembered by fans.
William Shatner posted on Twitter that he was sending condolences to Sally Kellerman’s family.
She also starred in 1972’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers opposite Alan Arkin, 1973’s Slither with James Caan, 1976’s Welcome To LA with Keith Carradine, 1979’s A Little Romance with Laurence Olivier, and as Jodie Foster’s mother in 1980’s Foxes.
She appeared in the major mini-series Centennial, which aired between 1978 and 1979, and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 2015 for her role in the US soap opera The Young and the Restless.
Marc Maron’s bohemian mother was also played by her in his sitcom Maron. On Twitter, Maron wrote: “Sally Kellerman was radiant and beautiful and fun to work with.” “My real mom was very flattered and a bit jealous. I’m sad she’s gone.”
M*A*S*H moved to television in 1972, but Kellerman didn’t reprise her role as “Hot Lips,” with Loretta Swit taking over.
TV writer Gennefer Gross said of Kellerman on Twitter: “Her voice, her impeccable comedic timing, her ability to shift between silly and smouldering and hold her own in barracks full of Army men. She was one of a kind.”
Sally KELLERMAN I love you I’m so sad rest in power and Peace.
— ✌🏼rosanna arquette (@RoArquette) February 25, 2022