Loretta Swit

Loretta Swit

  • Highest Rated: 97% Paul Williams Still Alive (2012)
  • Lowest Rated: 25% Freebie and the Bean (1974)
  • Birthday: Nov 4, 1937
  • Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, USA
  • The daughter of Polish immigrants, Loretta Swit first performed before an audience at age 7, playing "The Snow Queen" in a dance recital in her home town of Passaic, NJ. Despite her mother's strenuous objections, Swit decided to make the theatre her life; she studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, then spent several years with the Gene Frankel Repertory Company. Admonished by casting agents to alter both her "unsaleable" name and her tad-too-large nose, she ignored this advice and persevered as a young character actress. Her first tangible success was in a Las Vegas production of Mame, in which she played the mousy housekeeper/stenographer Agnes Gooch opposite Susan Hayward's Auntie Mame. Arriving in Hollywood in 1970, Swit quickly garnered critical attention--and the effusive praise of her coworkers--for her offbeat guest-star characterizations in such series as Gunsmoke, Mission: Impossible and Mannix. Upon learning that a TV version of the film hit M*A*S*H was in the works in early 1972, Swit energetically campaigned for the role of Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan--even though she'd sat through the original 1970 film with her eyes closed because she hated the sight of blood. Swit remained with M*A*S*H until its cancellation in 1983, winning two Emmy Awards along the way. During the series' occasional production layoffs, she starred in a number of made-for-TV movies, including the pilot episode of Cagney and Lacey (1981). In the decade since M*A*S*H's demise, Swit has been busier with her various political and social causes than with her acting career. Often as not, she chose the stage over TV or films during these years; in 1990, she won the Sarah Siddons award for her performance in the Chicago production of Shirley Valentine. A staunch animal-rights advocate, Loretta Swit was host of the 1992 cable-TV documentary series Those Incredible Animals (1992). In 1998 she appeared in the sex comedy Boardheads.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

97% Paul Williams Still Alive Actor $38.1K 2012
No Score Yet Never the Same: The Prisoner-of-War Experience Actor 2012
No Score Yet Piggy Banks (Born Killers) Actor 2005
No Score Yet Boardheads Mrs. Jones 1998
No Score Yet Beach Movie (Boardheads) Actor 1998
No Score Yet Forest Warrior Shirley 1996
No Score Yet Whoops Apocalypse President Barbara Adams 1988
No Score Yet 14 Going on 30 Actor 1988
No Score Yet Dreams of Gold Actor 1986
No Score Yet Dreams of Gold: The Mel Fisher Story Deo Fisher 1986
No Score Yet Beer B.D. Tucker 1985
No Score Yet The Execution Actor 1985
No Score Yet M.A.S.H. - Goodbye, Farewell, Amen Actor 1983
No Score Yet First Affair Jane Simon 1983
82% S.O.B. Polly Reed $14.9M 1981
No Score Yet The Last Day Daisy 1975
69% Race with the Devil Alice Stewart 1975
25% Freebie and the Bean Meyers' Wife $8.8K 1974
No Score Yet Deadhead Miles Woman with Glass Eye 1972

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
  • 1994
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
1972-1983
Maj. Margaret `Hot Lips' Houlihan
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
  • 1974
  • 1973
  • 1972
100% The Muppet Show
1976-1981
Guest
  • 1980
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Sally Pearson
  • 1973
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Ellen Sue
  • 1972
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Belle Clark Donna
  • 1970
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Midge Larson
  • 1970

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