Where Are They Now - Friday, January 26, 2018
Actress Loretta Swit is known to audiences as "Hot Lips" Houlihan on M*A*S*H. We haven't seen too much of her these days on the acting scene. What has she been doing with her time? Find out here!
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--DEAD OR ALIVE?--
See if you know if the following celebrities have had a visit from the "Grim Reaper":
Lou Jacobi: He appeared in "I.Q.", "Arthur" and "My Favorite Year", among many movies
Don Grady: Played Robbie Douglas on the TV series "My Three Sons"
Sonia Braga: Sultry Brazilian actress, starred in "Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands", "Kiss of the Spider Woman", and other movies
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Learn More About Loretta Swit on Celebrity Nooz
November 4, 1937, Passaic, New Jersey
CLAIM TO FAME:
She is best-known for her portrayal of Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan on M*A*S*H.
She was married to actor Dennis Holahan from 1983 until 1995.
Swit trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts as a singer before finding a career in the theater. She joined the national touring company of Any Wednesday in 1967, which starred Gardner McKay. She went on to play a Pigeon sister opposite Don Rickles and Ernest Borgnine in an L.A. run of The Odd Couple, and then appeared as Agnes Gooch in the Las Vegas version of Mame.
When she arrived in Hollywood in 1970, she appeared on television in Gunsmoke, Mission: Impossible, Hawaii Five-O, and Mannix. In 1972, she got her big break when she landed the role of "Hot Lips" Houlihan on the television series M*A*S*H. She ended up staying for all 11 seasons of the show, from 1972 to 1983.
During the series' occasional production layoffs, she starred in a number of made-for-TV movies, including the pilot episode of Cagney and Lacey (1981). She also had supporting roles in films like S.O.B. (1981), Beer (1985), Whoops Apocalypse (1988), Forest Warrior (1996) and Beach Movie (1998). She was the host of a cable-TV wildlife series called Those Incredible Animals for five years beginning in 1992.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1989.
In 1991, won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theatre.
Graduated from Pope Pius XII High School in Passaic, NJ, in 1955.
Is of Polish descent.
Received two Emmys for her work on M*A*S*H.
Studied with Gene Frankel in Manhattan and considered him her acting coach.
Made her Broadway debut in Same Time, Next Year in 1975 opposite Ted Bessell.
Wrote a book called Needlepoint Scrapbook.
Wanted to leave "M*A*S*H" (1972) after the 8th season, but FOX wouldn't let her out of her contract.
An animal rights activist, Swit now devotes most of her time to fundraising for humane organizations. She began her own jewelry line and exhibits her watercolor paintings to help raise money for these charities, and has served as a spokesperson for the Humane Society of the United States.
WHERE IS SHE NOW:
Swit has been unofficially retired from acting since 1998. Recently, she has returned to acting with the role of Mrs. Kincaid in Play the Flute, which is currently in post-production.
1998 Beach Movie...Mrs. Jones
1998 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)...Maggie Dennings
- Drill for Death (1998)
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)
1994 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)...Kim Mitchell
- Portrait of Death (1994)
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
- Mad as a Hatter (1992) (voice)
1991 Hell Hath No Fury (TV Movie)
1990 A Matter of Principle (TV Movie)...Janet Short
1989 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)...Wanda Karpinsky
- My Dad Can't Be Crazy... Can He? (1989)
1988 Whoops Apocalypse...President Barbara Adams
1988 14 Going on 30 (TV Movie)...Miss Horton
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
1977-1984 The Love Boat (TV Series)...Kathy Ross / Anoushka Mishancov / Terry Larsen
- My Mother, My Chaperone/The Present/The Death and Life of Sir Albert Demerest/Welcome Aboard: Part 2 (1984) ... Kathy Ross
- My Mother, My Chaperone/The Present/The Death and Life of Sir Albert Demerest/Welcome Aboard: Part 1 (1984) ... Kathy Ross
- A Time for Everything/The Song Is Ended/Accidental Cruise/Anoushka (1978) ... Anoushka Mishancov
- Ex Plus Y/Golden Agers/Graham and Kelly (1977) ... Terry Larsen
1983 First Affair (TV Movie)...Jane Simon
1972-1983 M*A*S*H (TV Series)...Major Margaret Houlihan
1983 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (TV Movie)...Grace Bradley
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)
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)
1977 The Hostage Heart (TV Movie)...Chris LeBlanc
1976 Good Heavens (TV Series)...Maxine
- Good Neighbor Maxine (1976)
1975 Rickles (TV Movie)...Major Hotlips Houlihan
1975 Race with the Devil...Alice
1975 It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman! (TV Movie)...Sydney
1975 The Last Day (TV Movie)...Daisy
1974 Freebie and the Bean...Mildred - Meyers' Wife
1974 Petrocelli (TV Series)...Ella Knox
- By Reason of Madness (1974)
1974 Tony Orlando and Dawn (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (1974)
1974 Policewomen...Police Clerk (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)
1973 Deadhead Miles...Lady with Glass Eye
1972 Stand Up and Be Counted...Hilary McBride
1972 Bonanza (TV Series)...Ellen Sue Greely
- A Visit to Upright (1972)
1972 Fireball Forward (TV Movie)...Nurse (uncredited)
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
- A Thousand Pardons - You're Dead! (1969) ... Anna
1971 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (TV Series)...Rosalyn
- The Convicts (1971)
1971 Cade's County (TV Series)...Ginny Lomax
- Homecoming (1971)
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)
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--Answers to DEAD OR ALIVE--
Lou Jacobi - DEAD
Born: 12/28/1913 Died: 10/23/2009
Don Grady - DEAD
Born: 06/08/1944 Died: 06/27/2012
Sonia Braga - ALIVE
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Shawkat Ali, 81, Bangladeshi author.
Daniel M. Buechlein, 79, American Roman Catholic prelate, Archbishop of Indianapolis (1992-2011).
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Arnaud Giovaninetti (fr), 50, French actor.
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Patrick Mazimhaka, 69, Rwandan politician.
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Lyudmila Senchina, 67, Russian singer.
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Renaud Gagneux, 70, French composer.
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Bill Johnson, 57, American baseball player (Chicago Cubs).
Jerry Keeling, 78, American-born Canadian football player (Calgary Stampeders, Ottawa Rough Riders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats).
Graeme Langlands, 76, Australian rugby league footballer (St. George Dragons, national team).
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Jack Whitten, 78, American artist.
Dik Abed, 73, South African-born Dutch cricketer.
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Anna Campori, 100, Italian actress.
Maurice Couture, 91, Canadian Roman Catholic prelate, Archbishop of Québec (1990-2002).
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Saqi Farooqi, 81, Pakistani poet.
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Lutho Tapela, Zimbabwean politician, Senator (2005-2013).
Sriniwas Tiwari, 93, Indian politician, Speaker of the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly (1993-2003).
Ishfaq Ahmad, 87, Pakistani nuclear physicist and professor (Abdus Salam Centre for Physics).
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Hans Christoph Binswanger (de), 88, Swiss economist.
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