Loretta Swit Played Hot Lips on “MASH.” See Her Now at 84. — Best Life

1983 Final from mash It is still one of the most watched American programs – and the The most viewed script — of all time. And the actress you could say has been in every season of the Armed Forces series is Loretta SweetPlayed by Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan. Swit was the only woman to take part in the show, and her character was the chief nurse at a military hospital during the Korean War. While Major Houlihan was somewhat one-dimensional at first, it has grown and changed as the show has continued — thanks to Swit. She said toronto star In 2010, “The Dominant Guys were telling me ‘It’s just episodic,’ and I’d say ‘If you have a long-running series, there must always be room to grow.'” “Of all the places where you tend to grow, I definitely think somewhere you’re in danger every day and treating people every day would be just the right place.”

Swit will always be remembered for playing Hot Lips, but her career has expanded far beyond the classic series. Now 84 years old, she is also an accomplished theater actress and devoted herself to animal activism. Read on to find out more about her life today.

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Swit has appeared in many TV shows and movies before and after her time mash, Including gun smokeAnd Hawaii Five 0And love boat, And She wrote the murder. Her last screen appearance was in the 2019 movie play the flute. She has also done a lot of acting on stage, appearing in plays such as Same time, next yearAnd Edwin Drood’s SecretAnd Vaginal soliloquy, And WL. And she still acts today. In November and December 2021, she was in the play Middletown In Coral Gables, Florida.

She told Broadway World in November 2021: “The audience, in my opinion, is always your most important partner. They convey what they want from you. That’s what makes live theater so exciting. Everyone participates.”

Loretta Sweet holds a dog at Hallmark's Home & Family at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2019
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Swit is passionate about animal rights and has founded the SwitHeart Animal Alliance. Its website reads, “I created the SweetHeart Animal Coalition to Prevent Cruelty and End Animal Suffering, to promote and collaborate with numerous nonprofit organizations and programs that protect, rescue, train, care for, and conserve animals, while raising public awareness about issues that concern domestic, farm, exotic and wild animals. and locality and its well-being.”

Swit mentioned her love for animals in toronto star The interview, as well. She incorporated Mahatma Gandhi As someone who inspires and explains, “I am very committed to animal rights activism and have always believed in his quote,” the true test of a nation’s greatness lies in the way they treat their animals. “

Loretta Sweet at Roger Neal's 4th Annual Oscar View Dinner in 2019
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Swit has released two books, both related to art. First, there Needlepoint scrapbook, a book on embroidery designs released in 1986. Then, there SwitHeart: Watercolor Art and Animal Activism Loretta Sweet. Released in 2017, the book is filled with her watercolors of animals and sales for animal charities.

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Loretta Sweet attends the 30th Anniversary of Chiller Theater Fall 2021
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Actors and creators mash Reflect on their time working on the show in the oral history of The Hollywood Reporter In 2018. Swit summed up how she felt about the show by quoting a piece of fan mail. “I will paraphrase what someone wrote in the telegram when we finished the show,” she said. He said: dear mash People: You made me laugh. You made me cry. You made me feel. Thank you “I’ve never forgotten that. This is a legacy from hell.”

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