LOS ANGELES — Sally Kellerman, the Oscar and Emmy nominated actor who performed Margaret “Sizzling Lips” Houlihan in director Robert Altman’s 1970 movie “MASH,” died Thursday.
Kellerman died of coronary heart failure at her house 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 Faculty.” And he or she was an everyday 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 greatest recognized for taking part in Main Houlihan, a straitlaced, by-the-book Military nurse who’s suffering from rowdy docs in the course of the Korean Conflict 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 he or she 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 the most effective in her.
“It was a really liberating, constructive expertise,” she informed 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 greatest supporting actress was its solely performing nod regardless of a forged that included Duvall, Donald Sutherland and Elliot Gould.
The film could be was a TV sequence 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 Seaside, California, the daughter of a piano trainer and an oil govt, transferring to Los Angeles as a toddler and attending Hollywood Excessive Faculty.
Her preliminary curiosity was in jazz singing, and he or she was signed to a contract with Verve information at age 18. She opted to pursue performing and did not put out any music till 1972, when she launched the album “Roll With the Feeling.” She would sing on the facet, and typically in roles, all through her profession, releasing her final album, “Sally,” in 2007.
She took an performing class at Los Angeles Metropolis Faculty and appeared in a stage manufacturing of “Look Again in Anger” with classmate Jack Nicholson and several other different future stars.
Her credit included tv performances into her remaining years
She labored principally 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 gained her cult standing amongst followers.
She would work primarily in movie within the years following “MASH,” together with 1972’s “Final of the Crimson Sizzling 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 remaining years.
She starred within the comedy sequence “Decker” with Tim Heidecker and performed comic Mark Maron’s mom on his sequence “Maron.”
“Sally Kellerman was radiant and exquisite 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.