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Sally Claire Kellerman net worth:
$2.5 Million

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Sally Kellerman is an American actress and vocalist who has a net worth of $2.5 million dollars. Born in Long Beach, California, Sally Kellerman began college at Los Angeles City College, but later dropped out to concentrate on a lifetime career in acting. It was clear from the start that she was a gifted actress, but at nearly 6 feet tall and weighing 350 pounds, she found it almost impossible to find work. The gifted actress began her professional on-camera career appearing in guest starring roles on such television shows including, “The Outer Limits”, “Where No Man Has Gone Before” (the 2nd aviator for “Star Trek”), and “Centennial”.

Sally Kellerman Net Worth $2.5 Million Dollars

In 1970, she was cast in the character that will make her a household name, as Major Margaret “Hot Lips” O’Houlihan in the movie, “MASH”. The gifted actress was nominated for an Oscar for her performance. She’s continued to appear in movie and television jobs sporadically, most recently appearing on “90210” on The CW.


Sally Claire Kellerman information

Sally Claire Kellerman information

Birth date: June 2, 1937
Birth place: Long Beach, California, United States
Height:5' 10" (1.78 m)
Profession:Actress, Miscellaneous Crew, Soundtrack
Education:Los Angeles City College, Actors Studio, Hollywood High School
Nationality:American
Spouse:Rick EdelsteinJonathan D. Krane
Children:Claire Kellerman, Jack Krane, Hanna Krane, Hannah Krane
Parents:John Kellerman, Edith Vaughn
Siblings:Diana Dean Kellerman, Victoria Vaughn Kellerman
Nominations:Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series, Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actress
Movies:MASH, Back to School, Brewster McCloud, Prêt-à-Porter, The Boston Strangler, Boynton Beach Club, A Little Romance, Welcome to L.A., Boris and Natasha: The Movie, The Big Bus, Moving Violations, Meatballs III: Summer Job, The April Fools, Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins, Three for the Road, That's Life!, I Could Never Be Your Woman, Lost Horizon, Happily Ever After, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Hands of a Stranger, Mirror, Mirror 2: Raven Dance, Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird, The Extraordinary Adventures of the Mouse and His Child, A Reflection of Fear, Slither, Reach Me, Loving Couples, Someone to Love, Delgo, It's My Party, It Rained All Night the Day I Left, Verdict in Blood, American Virgin, Verna: USO Girl, You Can't Hurry Love, Foxes, Serial, All's Fair, When Bette Met Mae, Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony, A Modern Twain Story: The Prince and the Pauper, KGB: The Secret War, Bar Hopping, Dempsey, Doppelganger, Secret Weapons, Big Blonde, She'll Be Sweet, Joan's Day Out, The Lollipop Cover
TV shows:Unsupervised, Centennial, The Young and the Restless, The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Backstory

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Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Joan's Day Out2013ShortJoan Walsh
Workaholics2013TV SeriesPeggy
Unsupervised2012TV SeriesPrincipal Stark
Chemistry2011TV SeriesLola
902102011TV SeriesMarla Templeton
Law & Order: LA2011TV SeriesLandlady
Night Club2011Dorothy
The Wishing Well2009TV MovieDonette
Delgo2008Narrator (voice)
Dancin' on the Edge2007ShortCatherine Sutton
Masters of Science Fiction2007TV SeriesThe Watchbird
The Prince and the Pauper: The Movie2007VideoJerry
Boynton Beach Club2005Sandy
Ugly2004ShortGwen's Mother
Open House2004Marjorie Milford
Birth of a Timeless Legacy2004Video short
Providence2002TV SeriesNora Frank
In-Laws2002TV SeriesSabrina
Verdict in Blood2002TV MovieJudge Marcia Blackwell
Women of the Night2001Mary
Bar Hopping2000TV MovieCassandra
Norm1999TV SeriesKim
American Virgin1999Quaint
Punch Drunk1998Short
Columbo1998TV SeriesLiz Houston
Diagnosis Murder1994-1998TV SeriesAdele Botsford / Irene Stanton
The Maze1997Vivian
The Lay of the Land1997Mary Jane Dankworth
Gun1997TV SeriesFrances
Ink1997TV SeriesBirdie Tannen
Touched by an Angel1996TV SeriesAugusta Abernathy
The Naked Truth1996TV SeriesFelicia Dane
High Society1996TV SeriesFrederica
It's My Party1996Sara Hart
P.C.H.1995TV MovieCounsellor
The Point of Betrayal1995Voice on TV (Dream House)
Burke's Law1995TV SeriesJoyce Dowling
Ready to Wear1994Sissy Wanamaker
Mirror, Mirror 2: Raven Dance1994Roslyn
Dream On1994TV SeriesTracy
The Waiter1993/IShortTeacher
Younger and Younger1993ZigZag Lilian
Murder, She Wrote1993TV SeriesJunie Cobb
Doppelganger1993Sister Jan
Dinosaurs1992TV SeriesPteranodon
2000 Malibu Road1992TV SeriesJessica Rally
Boris and Natasha1992TV MovieNatasha Fatale
The Player1992Sally Kellerman
Drop Dead Gorgeous1991TV MovieEvelyn Ash
Evening Shade1990TV SeriesShelley Darling
The Ray Bradbury Theater1990TV SeriesClara Goodwater
Happily Ever After1990Sunburn (voice)
Limit Up1989The Nightclub Singer
All's Fair1989Florence
The Secret of the Ice Cave1989Dr. Valerie Ostrow
CBS Summer Playhouse1988TV SeriesDr. Amy Hunter
Paramedics1988Dispatcher (voice)
You Can't Hurry Love1988Kelly Bones
Someone to Love1987Edith Helm
Three for the Road1987Blanche Kitteridge
Tall Tales & Legends1986TV SeriesLucy
Meatballs III: Summer Job1986Roxy Dujour
That's Life!1986Holly Parrish
Back to School1986Dr. Diane Turner
Murder Among Friends1985TV Movie
KGB: The Secret War1985Fran Simpson
Follow That Bird1985Miss Finch (voice)
Moving Violations1985Judge Nedra Henderson
Secret Weapons1985TV MovieVera Malevich
Hotel1984TV SeriesLauren Webb
September Gun1983TV MovieMama Queen
Dempsey1983TV MovieMaxine Cates
Faerie Tale Theatre1983TV SeriesQueen Natasha / Queen Farrah
CBS Children's Mystery Theatre1983TV SeriesZoe
For Lovers Only1982TV MovieEmmy Pugh
Big Blonde1980TV MovieHazel
Head On1980Michelle Keys
Loving Couples1980Mrs. Liggett
Serial1980Martha
It Rained All Night the Day I Left1980The Colonel
Foxes1980Mary
A Little Romance1979Kay King
Centennial1978-1979TV Mini-SeriesLise Bockweiss
Magee and the Lady1978TV MovieVeronica Stirling
Great Performances1978TV SeriesMaureen
The Mouse and His Child1977The Seal (voice)
Welcome to L.A.1976Ann Goode
The Big Bus1976Sybil Crane
Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins1975McKinley 'Mac' Beachwood
Lost Horizon1973Sally Hughes
Slither1973Kitty Kopetzky
A Reflection of Fear1972Anne
Last of the Red Hot Lovers1972Elaine
Brewster McCloud1970Louise
Bonanza1966-1970TV SeriesLotta Crabtree / Kathleen Walker
MASH1970Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' O'Houlihan
The April Fools1969Phyllis Brubaker
Mannix1969TV SeriesDiana Walker
Hawaii Five-O1969TV SeriesEleanor Kalakua
It Takes a Thief1969TV SeriesNina Gray
The Boston Strangler1968Dianne Cluny
Premiere1968TV SeriesLiz Higher
The Invaders1967TV SeriesLaura Crowell
Dundee and the Culhane1967TV SeriesCynthia
Coronet Blue1967TV SeriesPolly
Insight1967TV SeriesEllen
Tarzan1967TV SeriesIlona
T.H.E. Cat1967TV SeriesMaya Leandro
That Girl1966TV SeriesSandy Stafford
Star Trek1966TV SeriesDr. Elizabeth Dehner
I Spy1966TV SeriesAngela
The Legend of Jesse James1966TV SeriesKate Mason
A Man Called Shenandoah1966TV SeriesPhil Bartlett
Ben Casey1964-1965TV SeriesBarbara Ames / Elaine Stone
Seaway1965TV SeriesAline Svenson
The Lollipop Cover1965Singer
The Third Day1965Holly Mitchell
Kraft Suspense Theatre1965TV SeriesJean Severin
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1965TV SeriesSally Benner
The Rogues1965TV SeriesIlsa Huntington
12 O'Clock High1964-1965TV SeriesLt. Libby MacAndrews
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1964TV SeriesSister Margaret / Jerrie
Slattery's People1964TV SeriesDella Murphy
The Greatest Show on Earth1964TV SeriesJudith
The Movie Maker1964TV Movie
The Outer Limits1963-1964TV SeriesJudith Bellero / Ingrid Larkin
My Three Sons1963TV SeriesHelga Willumsen
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis1963TV SeriesAmelia
The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet1963TV SeriesMiss Winters
The Lloyd Bridges Show1962-1963TV SeriesSally / Sales Girl
I'm Dickens, He's Fenster1963TV SeriesMargo Carlyle
The Twilight Zone1963TV SeriesOffice Worker
Cheyenne1962TV SeriesLottie Durango
Hands of a Stranger1962Sue
Surfside 61961TV SeriesRoxy
Lock Up1961TV SeriesCubbie Borden
Bachelor Father1960TV SeriesWaitress
Reform School Girl1957Marcia
Underwater Upside Down2016post-production
The Remake2016Aunt Peg
Decker2016TV SeriesJanet Davidson
Maron2013-2016TV SeriesToni Maron / Toni
His Neighbor Phil2016Bernadette
Comedy Bang! Bang!2015TV SeriesHera
The Young and the Restless2014-2015TV SeriesConstance Bingham
A Place for Heroes2014Maureen
When Bette Met Mae2014DocumentaryNarrator
Reach Me2014Flo
High School USA!2013TV SeriesDolores Barren
Deadtime Stories2013TV SeriesGrandma Grussler
The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange2013TV SeriesRomaine Empress / Marshmallow Queen

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Open House2004performer: "Sellin' a Dream", "The Code", "Finale"
Bar Hopping2000TV Movie performer: "I'm Gonna Take My Time"
Boris and Natasha1992TV Movie performer: "It's Good to Be Bad"
You Can't Hurry Love1988performer: "I'D LIE TO YOU FOR YOUR LOVE"
Saturday Night Live1981TV Series performer - 1 episode
Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins1975performer: "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"
Lost Horizon1973performer: "THE THINGS I WILL NOT MISS", "REFLECTIONS"
The 43rd Annual Academy Awards1971TV Special performer: "Thank You Very Much"
Brewster McCloud1970performer: "Rock-a-Bay-Baby"
The Lollipop Cover1965performer: "If You Love Me"
Cheyenne1962TV Series performer - 1 episode

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Code Blue: New Orleans2000-2001TV Series documentary narrator - 10 episodes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Lay of the Land1997producer
Boris and Natasha1992TV Movie executive producer

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Centennial1978TV Mini-Series composer: song "Speak Low"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Captains2011Documentary the producers wish to thank
Biography2004TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode
Enlisted: The Story of 'M*A*S*H'2002Video documentary short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Movies and Stuff2016TV SeriesHerself
An American Tragedy2015DocumentaryHerself
The Insider2014TV SeriesHerself
Altman2014DocumentaryHerself
The Second Annual 'On Cinema' Oscar Special2014TV MovieHerself - Panelist
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Marie2013TV Series documentary
Q N' A with Mikki and Shay2013TV SeriesHerself
SAG Foundation Conversations2012TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Ghost Stories2012TV Series documentaryHerself
Tony Curtis: Driven to Stardom2011DocumentaryHerself
The Captains2011DocumentaryHerself
How to Win an (Oscar) Award2011ShortHerself
The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman2006-2007TV SeriesHerself (fictional) / Herself
I Could Never Be Your Woman2007Herself
Film Independent's 2007 Spirit Awards2007TV SpecialHerself
Encore with John Palmer2006TV SeriesHerself
The 50 Greatest Comedy Films2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
After They Were Famous2005TV Series documentaryHerself
E! True Hollywood Story2005TV Series documentaryHerself
The 100 Greatest War Films2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
Biography2001-2004TV Series documentaryHerself
Nature2002TV Series documentaryNarrator
The Living Edens1997-2002TV Series documentaryNarrator
A Salute to Robert Altman, an American Maverick2002TV MovieHerself
Enlisted: The Story of 'M*A*S*H'2002Video documentary shortHerself
Backstory2000-2001TV Series documentaryHerself - Actress 'Dianne Cluny' / Herself
The Directors2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Code Blue: New Orleans2000TV Series documentaryNarrator (voice)
Legendary Hollywood Homes 22000TV Movie documentaryHerself - Narrator
The Noble Horse1999TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
Legendary Hollywood Homes1999TV Movie documentaryHerself - Narrator
Intimate Portrait1999TV Series documentaryNarrator
Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony1999TV Series documentaryNarrator
Ancient Graves: Voices of the Dead1998TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's1997DocumentaryHerself
Who Is Henry Jaglom?1997DocumentaryHerself
The Outer Limits Phenomenon1996TV Special documentaryHerself
The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen1996TV Series documentaryQuote Reader
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards1995TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Howard Stern1994TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special1991TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Last Laugh1991TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Help Save Planet Earth1990TV SpecialHerself
The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards1990TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Hotels1990TV Series documentaryHerself / Greta Garbo Double
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood1987TV Special documentaryHerself
The Late Show1987TV SeriesHerself
The 41st Annual Golden Globe Awards1984TV SpecialHerself
Breakaway1983TV SeriesHerself
Great Performances1982TV SeriesHerself
The Alan Thicke Show1982TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Circus of the Stars #61981TV SpecialHerself
Saturday Night Live1981TV SeriesHerself - Host / Lorna Burns / Rodena Duncan / ...
The 52nd Annual Academy Awards1980TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
Today1980TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Mike Douglas Show1973-1980TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself - Actress
Food, Wine & Friends1979TV SeriesHerself
The Alan Hamel Show1977TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Merv Griffin Show1971-1977TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
Dinah!1975-1976TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 2nd Annual People's Choice Awards1976TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Favourite Song
The Gladys Knight & the Pips Show1975TV SeriesHerself
The Smothers Brothers Show1975TV SeriesHerself
A Couple of Dons1973TV SpecialHerself
Dinah's Place1973TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Vin Scully Show1973TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1971-1973TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 44th Annual Academy Awards1972TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The 43rd Annual Academy Awards1971TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Performer & Co-Presenter: Best Short Film, Cartoons & Live Action
The David Frost Show1971TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Movie Game1970TV SeriesHerself
The American Sportsman1965TV SeriesGuest Host

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The O'Reilly Factor2014TV SeriesHerself (segment "Watter's World")
Up Late with Alec Baldwin2013TV SeriesDr. Elizabeth Dehner
American Masters2012TV Series documentaryHerself
Cannes, 60 ans d'histoires2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Payback: Straight Up2006VideoBronson
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years2000TV Movie documentary'Hot Lips' O'Houlihan
Dream On1995TV SeriesTracy
Oscar's Greatest Moments1992Video documentaryHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011Award of ExcellenceAccolade CompetitionBest Supporting ActressNight Club (2011)
2011Festival AwardGolden Door International Film Festival of Jersey CityBest Supporting ActressNight Club (2011)
2004Susan B. Anthony 'Failure is Impossible' AwardHigh Falls Film Festival
1994NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Acting by an EnsemblePrêt- (1994)· Marcello Mastroianni
· Sophia Loren
· Jean-Pierre Cassel
· Kim Basinger
· Chiara Mastroianni
· Stephen Rea
· Anouk Aimée
· Rupert Everett
· Rossy de Palma
· Tara Leon
· Georgianna Robertson
· Lili Taylor
· Ute Lemper
· Forest Whitaker
· Tom Novembre
· Richard E. Grant
· Anne Canovas
· Julia Roberts
· Tim Robbins
· Lauren Bacall
· Lyle Lovett
· Tracey Ullman
· Linda Hunt
· Teri Garr
· Danny Aiello
· Je
1971Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsBest Comedy Performance, FemaleMASH (1970)
1970KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActressMASH (1970)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama SeriesThe Young and the Restless (1973)
2007Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest ActorThe Boynton Beach Bereavement Club (2005)· Len Cariou
1980GenieGenie AwardsBest Performance by a Foreign ActressIt Rained All Night the Day I Left (1980)
1971OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleMASH (1970)
1971Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting Actress - Motion PictureMASH (1970)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1971NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest Supporting ActressMASH (1970)

TitleSalary
MASH (1970)$50,000

#Fact
1She and Luana Anders were best friends in high school.
2While in high school, she and Yvette Mimieux sang with the all-male quartet The Four Preps.
3Released her autobiography, "Read My Lips: Stories of a Hollywood Life". [April 2013]
4Atlanta, Georgia: Attended a special screening of MASH (1970). Gave three performances at Jerry Farber's Side Door. [June 2012]
5Released her first album since "Roll with the Feelin", entitled "Sally", a jazz and blues album. [February 2009]
6Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Cinema Paradiso-Fort Lauderdale. [April 2013]
7Friend of John Travolta and Kelly Preston.
8Luana Anders, Anjanette Comer, Lisabeth Hush and Joanne Linville were among some of her bridesmaids in 1970 - Kellerman's first marriage.
9The late Jennifer Jones was her mentor and close confidante. They took group therapy together. Among them were Robert Loggia, Blake Edwards, Dudley Moore, and Jonathan D. Krane whom eventually, she would marry.
10Turned down roles in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), The Poseidon Adventure (1972), and Robert Altman's Nashville (1975).
11In 1973, declined former editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine Grace Mirabella's offer of a 10 page spread.
12Donfeld designed her Academy Award dress the year she was nominated for MASH (1970).
13Resided at the Plaza Hotel in New York City during the filming of Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1972).
14Adopted her niece Claire (born 1965) in 1976. Claire's mother (Sally's sister) moved to France and her father died two days after his consent to adopt. Sally is also the adoptive mother of two twins, Jack and Hannah Krane (born 1989) with second husband Jonathan D. Krane.
15Member of Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
16Supplements her ongoing film career with stints as a nightclub singer, television and radio narrator and voice-overs.
17Harrison Ford built her a deck when he supported himself as a carpenter.

#Quote
1I didn't know anything about building careers. Somehow I still have a career.
2[on Rodney Dangerfield] I remember he was being honored one evening and invited me to come along with him and his date. We had a lot of fun, and when we got back to the car, I said, "Rodney, you're going to have to come up to the house for dinner." The look on his face said it all: "I'd rather get in a helicopter and jump." I howled. The rejection wasn't personal. Rodney was a night club guy. He didn't want to have a nice, quiet dinner with Jonathan and me, he wanted to be in Vegas!
3[on Sissy Spacek] On the set of Welcome to L.A. (1976), I had the joy of meeting the oh-so lovely and adorable Sissy Spacek. Sissy played my topless housekeeper and was a sheer delight. Memories of her Texas draw still bring a smile to my face.
4[on her Academy Award nomination] it may sound like a cliché when someone who's up for an Academy Award says, "It's an honor just to be nominated," but it really is an incredible honor. Yes, it's true that the coolest thing is doing the work, being on the set, having a part you can sink your teeth into, and 5 am burritos and doughnuts at craft services or hanging out in the makeup trailer. But being nominated is amazing because it's your peers' acknowledgment of your work. That's humbling!
5[on Brewster McCloud (1970)] Okay, MASH (1970) was a big hit, so let's do something obscure. I think he (Robert Altman) made up my part because he wanted to work together. I loved it. He gave me wing scars and let me sing "Rock-a-bye Baby" to Bud Cort. I stopped people on the road to tell them about Bob and how I loved Bob and how I'd do anything for Bob, And of course he took full advantage and he put me sitting naked in the fountain. To his credit it was a long lens and there was nobody in the streets, and I was this bird, this fairy godmother. Why I did these things... All I know is we had a great time. I remember Bob had the police chief come over and he'd have these big bowls of grass sitting around. I don't know if the guy knew or if he didn't.
6[on coming to the role of Major Margaret "Hot Lips" O'Houlihan] Soon after The April Fools (1969) my agent called me about an audition. I didn't know anything about the director or who, if anyone, had already been cast. The only thing my agent said was that I was reading for the part of Lt. Dish (later played by Jo Ann Pflug), so I thought that I had better put on some red lipstick to look more "dish-y". The audition room was full of men, scattered about, none of whom I recognized. I didn't even know which one was the director. I guess I did well because, all of a sudden, one of the men--he had the longest fingers I've ever seen, like birds about to take flight--said, "I'll give you the best role in the picture: Hot Lips." "Really?" I said. I was so excited. Finally! The best role in something. I thanked the long-fingered man, took the script, and rushed outside. I didn't even want to get home before I cracked open the script to get a better look at this "best" role in the picture. Leaning against the building, I began thumbing through the pages looking for my part. And looking. And still looking. Nothing. On page forty, maybe I found a single line. Later I found a few more. Fourteen years in Hollywood and my "best role" is the nine-line part of a solider named Hot Lips? I staggered home, angry and bitter, and I called my agent, indignant. "There's nothing to this part!" I told him. "This guy is supposed to be really talented," he said, trying to calm me down. "I really think you should do it." I later learned that fifteen directors had said no to this film before Robert Altman had said yes. So I read the script again and then agreed to take another meeting with Altman, it was just the two of us this time, and I arrived in a huff. I didn't know him from Adam, but I hated him for thinking he could fool me. Hot Lips was a memory before the script was even halfway over. But as long I had come this far, I was going to tell him what I thought. "Why does she have to leave in the middle of the film?" I began. I had spent years playing roles on TV. I was already thirty-one years old. I didn't want a career playing hard-bitten drunks in Chanel suits who get slapped by their husbands. This movie was supposed to be a comedy. Hell. I'd done two episodes of Bonanza (1959) just to prove I could be funny. I was capable of so much more than a few lines. I was capable of a "best" role--and so was my character. "I'm not just some WAC--I'm a woman!" "So why can't she do this? And why can't she do that?" I shouted at Altman. I was ranting. When I finally came up for air, Bob just casually leaned back in his chair. He said, simply, "Why couldn't she? You could end up with something or nothing. Why not take a chance?". The minute he said that, something in my shifted. Here I was having a tantrum in his office, and there he was leaning back in his chair, smiling. Everything about him was comfortable and relaxed. So sure. So it was settled. The role of Hot Lips O'Houlihan was mine. The movie was MASH (1970).
7It hasn't been smooth or delightful every minute, there were lean years and rough years, but it's been exciting and good and I'm thrilled to be an actress and a singer and to have spent my life this way.
8I hope to have some more cracks at some wonderful roles before I go to the Great Beyond.
9I always wanted to be an actress. My mother told me to get a job as an elevator operator - because Dorothy Lamour was discovered that way.

#Trademark
1Deep smoky voice
2Platinum blonde hair
3Statuesque, model-like figure
4Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan in Robert Altman's seminal film MASH (1970)

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