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M*A*S*H ‘Hot Lips’ actress Sally Kellerman DEAD at 84 after the Oscar-nominated star’s long battle with dementia


SALLY Kellerman, who found fame as U.S. Army Maj. Margaret ‘Hot Lips’ Houlihan in Robert Altman’s big screen version of M*A*S*H, has died.

The Oscar-nominated actress – whose career spanned for more than six decades – was 84 when she passed at an assisted living facility, according to her son.


Sally Kellerman was 84[/caption]


Sally played ‘Hot Lips’ Houlihan in the movie version of M*A*S*H[/caption]

Her son, Jack Krane, told TMZ that Sally was diagnosed with dementia around 2017 and wasn’t doing well the last couple years.

Jack said he last saw her Wednesday night, when he said his final goodbyes.

Sally’s performance as “Hot Lips” in the acclaimed movie, M*A*S*H, earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

After M*A*S*H – which she starred in the film, not the series – she appeared in a number of the director’s projects, including the films Brewster McCloud , Welcome to L.A.,  The Player  and Prêt-à-Porter. 

Sally also memorably starred in 1986’s Back to School, playing comedian Rodney Dangerfield’s love interest.

“This is my one brag in life: The director [Alan Metter] said he felt that I helped make Rodney human, believable in a relationship. Because I just had to love him and be sincere about it,” Sally said in 2016 on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast.

Sally said when fans would meet her in public, they would always address her as her most notable role, “Hot Lips.”

She also will be famously remembered as Dr. Elizabeth Dehner on the third episode of “Star Trek.”

When her character sacrifices her life on the sci-fi classic, her dying words to Capt. Kirk are, “I’m sorry … you can’t know what it’s like to … be almost a god.”

Sally was born on June 2, 1937, in Long Beach, California, and spent most of her life in the spotlight.

She once said, “I came out of the womb singing and acting.”

News of her death affected friends and colleagues.


Podcaster Marc Maron tweeted: “Sally Kellerman was radiant and beautiful and fun and so great to work with.

“She played my mom on my series ‘Maron.’ My real mom was very flattered and a bit jealous. I’m sad she’s gone. RIP”

TV writer Genner Gross added: “Sally Kellerman was 49 in BACK TO SCHOOL and one of the most effortlessly sexy women to ever exist.

“Her voice, her impeccable comedic timing, her ability to shift between silly and smoldering and hold her own in barracks full of Army men.

“She was one of a kind. RIP.”

And Star Trek historian Jay Stobie summarized: “We’ve lost one of the very first members of our #StarTrek family.

“My thoughts go out to Sally Kellerman’s friends and loved ones.”

Sally is survived by her son, Jack, along with daughters Hannah and Claire.


Sally had a memorable role in an early episode of Star Trek[/caption]


Sally suffered from dementia[/caption]


Her career spanned 60 years[/caption]

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