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Loretta Swit

Loretta Swit

Highest Rated: 71% Race With the Devil (1975)

Lowest Rated: 23% Freebie and the Bean (1974)

Birthday: Nov 4, 1937

Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, USA

Though she was personally unable to sit through the 1970 feature version of "M*A*S*H" due to an aversion to blood, Emmy-winning actress Loretta Swit campaigned hard to land the role of Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan on the television version (CBS, 1972-1983). The role of the brittle, unwaveringly loyal and patriotic, but secretly passionate Houlihan became the most enduring role in her long career, which featured numerous guest appearances in TV movies and on game shows. After her 11 years on "M*A*S*H," Swit struggled to distance herself from the role in made for television movies like "Games Mother Never Taught You" (CBS, 1982) and "The Execution" (NBC, 1985), while landing the role of Chris Cagney on the pilot episode of "Cagney & Lacy" (CBS, 1981-88), only to be unable to play the part when "M*A*S*H" producers refused to let her out of her contract. Meanwhile, she appeared on a number of game shows like "Win, Lose or Draw" (NBC, 1987-1990), "Pyramid" (1973-2004) and "Hollywood Squares" (1966-2004), and later served as the host of "Those Incredible Animals" (Discovery Channel, 1992). While she remained largely out of view in the new millennium, Swit lived on forever in reruns of "M*A*S*H," which continually introduced her to new generations of fans.

Highest rated movies

71% Race With the Devil
23% Freebie and the Bean

Photos

Loretta Swit at arrivals for Farm Sanctuary''s 2015 Gala, The Plaza Hotel, New York, NY October 24, 2015. Photo By: Steven Ferdman/Everett Collection STAND UP AND BE COUNTED, Loretta Swit, Steve Lawrence, 1972 S.O.B., Loretta Swit, Craig Stevens, 1981, (c) Paramount S.O.B., Loretta Swit, 1981, (c) Paramount WHOOPS APOCALYPSE, Loretta Swit, 1986, ©MGM STAND UP AND BE COUNTED, Loretta Swit, Steve Lawrence, 1972 S.O.B., Loretta Swit, Robert Loggia, Craig Stevens, Larry Hagman, William Holden, Richard Mulligan, Julie Andrews, Robert Vaughn, Robert Preston, Shelley Winters, Stuart Margolin, Marisa Berenson, Robert Webber, 1981 S.O.B., Loretta Swit, Robert Webber (right), 1981, (c) Paramount S.O.B., Loretta Swit, Craig Stevens, 1981 WHOOPS APOCALYPSE, Loretta Swit (center), 1986, ©MGM

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 82% M*A*S*H: The Comedy That Changed Television Self - 2024
No Score Yet 93% Play the Flute Mrs. Kincaid (Character) $254.5K 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Never the Same: The Prisoner-of-War Experience Narrator - 2013
No Score Yet 38% Boardheads Mrs. Jones (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 46% Forest Warrior Shirley (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 50% A Killer Among Friends Detective Patricia Staley (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Friends for Life Det. Patricia Staley (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hell Hath No Fury Unknown (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dreams of Gold: The Mel Fisher Story Deo Fisher (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 63% Whoops Apocalypse President Barbara Adams (Character) $9.9K 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Execution Marysia Walenka (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 45% Beer B.D. Tucker (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 96% M*A*S*H: Goodbye, Farewell, Amen Margaret Houlihan (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fire on the Mountain Jane Simon (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Grace Bradley (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet First Affair Jane Simon (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Kid From Nowhere Caroline Baker (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Games Mother Never Taught You Laura Bentells (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cagney & Lacey Det. Christine Cagney (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Valentine Emily (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Friendships, Secrets and Lies B.J. (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 25% Mirror, Mirror Sandy McLaren (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hostage Heart Chris LeBlanc (Character) - 1977
71% 56% Race With the Devil Alice Stewart (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Day Daisy (Character) - 1975
23% 67% Freebie and the Bean Meyers' Wife (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shirts/Skins Linda Bush (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0: Three Dead Cows at Makapu Wanda Russell (Character) - 1970

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Home & Family Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
43% No Score Yet Burke's Law Evelyn Turner (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet 89% Murder, She Wrote Kim Mitchell (Guest Star) 1994
No Score Yet 87% M*A*S*H Maj. Margaret Houlihan (Character) 1972-1983
100% 90% The Muppet Show Guest 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Password 79 Guest 1979-1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Love Boat Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Heavens Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Petrocelli Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1973-1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Belle Clark (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Dorothy Harker (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mission: Impossible Unknown (Guest Star) 1970