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Loretta Swit



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
97% Paul Williams Still Alive
  • Actor
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 Audubon Video - The Mysterious Black-Footed Ferret
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Audubon Video - On the Edge of Extinction: Panthers and Cheetahs
  • Actor
1989
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
90% S.O.B.
  • Polly Reed
1981
No Score Yet The Last Day
  • Daisy
1975
57% Race with the Devil
  • Alice Stewart
1975
30% Freebie and the Bean
  • Meyers' Wife
1974
No Score Yet Deadhead Miles
  • Woman with Glass Eye
1972
No Score Yet Best Christmas Pageant Ever
  • Actor
1969
No Score Yet M.A.S.H. - V. 5
  • Actor

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