LOS ANGELES — Sally Kellerman, the Oscar and Emmy nominated actor who performed Margaret “Scorching Lips” Houlihan in director Robert Altman’s 1970 movie “MASH,” died Thursday.
Kellerman died of coronary heart failure at her residence within the Woodland Hills part of Los Angeles, her supervisor and publicist Alan Eichler mentioned. She was 84.
Kellerman had a profession of greater than 60 years in movie and tv. She performed a university professor who was returning scholar Rodney Dangerfield’s love curiosity within the 1986 comedy “Again to College.” And she or he was a daily in Altman’s movies, showing in 1970’s “Brewster McCloud,” 1992’s “The Participant” and 1994’s “Able to Put on.”
Her position in ‘Mash’ led to an Oscar nomination
However she would all the time be finest identified for taking part in Main Houlihan, a straitlaced, by-the-book Military nurse who’s laid low with rowdy medical doctors throughout the Korean Battle within the military comedy “MASH.”
Within the movie’s key scene, and its peak second of misogyny, a tent the place Houlihan is showering is pulled open and she or he is uncovered to an viewers of cheering males.
“This is not a hospital, that is an insane asylum!” she screams at her commanding officer.
She carries on a torrid affair with the equally uptight Main Frank Burns, performed by Robert Duvall, demanding that he kiss her “scorching lips” in a second secretly broadcast over the camp’s public handle audio system, incomes her the nickname.
Kellerman mentioned Altman introduced out one of the best in her.
“It was a really releasing, optimistic expertise,” she advised Dick Cavett in a 1970 TV interview. “For the primary time in my life I took probabilities, I did not suck in my cheeks, or fear about something.”
The movie was nominated for 5 Academy Awards, however her finest supporting actress was its solely appearing nod regardless of a solid that included Duvall, Donald Sutherland and Elliot Gould.
The film could be changed into a TV collection that lasted 11 seasons, with Loretta Swit in Kellerman’s position.
Kellerman’s leisure profession started in music
Sally Clare Kellerman was born in 1937 in Lengthy Seashore, California, the daughter of a piano instructor and an oil govt, shifting to Los Angeles as a baby and attending Hollywood Excessive College.
Her preliminary curiosity was in jazz singing, and she or he was signed to a contract with Verve data at age 18. She opted to pursue appearing and did not put out any music till 1972, when she launched the album “Roll With the Feeling.” She would sing on the aspect, and typically in roles, all through her profession, releasing her final album, “Sally,” in 2007.
She took an appearing class at Los Angeles Metropolis Faculty and appeared in a stage manufacturing of “Look Again in Anger” with classmate Jack Nicholson and a number of other different future stars.
Her credit included tv performances into her last years
She labored largely in tv early in her profession, with a lead position in 1962’s “Cheyenne” and visitor appearances on “The Twilight Zone, “The Outer Limits,” “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour” and “Bonanza.”
Her look within the authentic “Star Trek” pilot as Dr. Elizabeth Dehner received her cult standing amongst followers.
She would work primarily in movie within the years following “MASH,” together with 1972’s “Final of the Pink Scorching Lovers” and 1975’s “Rafferty and the Gold Mud Twins,” each with Alan Arkin, 1973’s “Slither” with James Caan, 1979’s “A Little Romance” with Laurence Olivier and 1980’s “Foxes” with Jodie Foster.
She would work into her 80s, with a number of acclaimed tv performances in her last years.
She starred within the comedy collection “Decker” with Tim Heidecker and performed comic Mark Maron’s mom on his collection “Maron.”
“Sally Kellerman was radiant and delightful and enjoyable and so nice to work with,” Maron mentioned on Twitter Thursday. “My actual mother was very flattered and a bit jealous. I am unhappy she’s gone.”
And in 2014 she was nominated for an Emmy for her recurring position on “The Younger and the Stressed.”
Kellerman was married to tv producer Rick Edelstein from 1970 to 1972 and to film producer Jonathan D. Krane from 1980 till his dying in 2016.
She is survived by her son Jack and daughter Claire.