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Sally Kellerman

Sally Kellerman

Sally Claire Kellerman (born June 2, 1936 in Long Beach, California) is an American actress and singer most famous for her role as Major Margaret Hot Lips O'Houlihan in the film M*A*S*H (1970) for which she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Kellerman attended Hollywood High School where she was bitten by the acting bug. She went on to Los Angeles City College. She also studied at the Actor's Studio in New York City. As a singer, Kellerman already had a recording contract with Verve Records when she was 18.

Kellerman made her film debut in Reform School Girl (1959). She reportedly almost talked herself out of her most famous role. She had an argument with M*A*S*H director Robert Altman after reading the script. She was incensed about the way her would be character, Hot Lips, was humiliated. Altman said that her attitude and passion was exactly what he was looking for in the character.

Kellerman supplements her ongoing film career with stints as a nightclub singer, television and radio narrator and voice-overs.

She married director Rick Edelstein in 1970 but subsequently divorced. In 1980 she married Jonathan Krane. They separated in 1997.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Sally Kellerman Facts

Birth Name Sally Claire Kellerman
OccupationActress
BirthdayJune 2, 1936 (81)
SignGemini
BirthplaceLong Beach, California, USA
Height5' 10" (1m78)  How tall is Sally Kellerman compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Boynton Beach Club (2006)
Not for Ourselves Alone (1999)
Doppelganger (1993)
Happily Ever After (1993)
Back to School (1986)
Moving Violations (1985)
Sesame Street Presents (1985)
Foxes (1980)
A Little Romance (1979)
M*A*S*H (1970)
The Boston Strangler (1968)
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