Happy Birthday, Sally Kellerman! Known to many for her portrayal of Major Margarate “Hot Lips” Houlihan in the 1970 movie M*A*S*H, for which she earned a Best Supporting Actress Academy-Award nomination, Sally Kellerman turns 84-years-old today. Born on June 2, 1937, in Long Beach California, Sally graduated from the Actors Studio before finding her way to fame and critical acclaim. Some of her most notable films include The Player, Welcome To L.A., Last of the Red Hot Lovers, and Back to School and Foxes. In addition to her acting credits, Sally Kellerman is also a singer and a voice-over artist. At the age of 18, the blonde-haired beauty launched her show business career.
Though raised a Christian Scientist, she didn’t let her religious upbringing hold her back. She signed with the music label Verve Records and acted in local theater. She attended the newly opened Actors Studio West Hollywood location with Jack Nicholson, Dean Stockwell, and Robert Blake. Actors Studio West is the Hollywood extension of the New York school.
Soon, Sally Kellerman would make her debut in television series and appears in the Star Trek pilot (the second pilot, actually) “Where No Man Has Gone Before” where she played the character Dr. Elizabeth Dehner.
You may see a throwback photo of Sally Kellerman and William Shatner below.
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You may watch a clip featuring Sally Kellerman on Star Trek below.
Kellerman also starred on Broadway as she played Mag Wildwood in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Though Sally Kellerman was racking up theater, television, and movie credits, it wasn’t until she landed the role of “Hot Lips” that she secured her status as a Hollywood star.
She followed M*A*S*H with her portrayal of Elaine in Last of the Red Hot Lovers.
Sally Kellerman has sung through a variety of her movies and theater performances. You may hear Sally Kellerman singing with the Joel Scott Quartet below.
Here’s is Sally Kellerman’s promo video where here talents and magnetic personality shine through.
Sally Kellerman continues to act, sing, and do voice-over work. She appeared as Aunt Joan in an episode of Difficult People in 2017 and appeared in the 2016 films The Remake and A Timeless Love. She has two projects in the early development stages and finished filming the upcoming movie Underwater Upside Down.
Happy Birthday, Sally Kellerman!
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