Loretta Swit – Hot Lips, Cold Career

celeb: Loretta Swit
occupation: TV and film star, most notably as Margaret (Hot Lips) on M.A.S.H.



Loretta Swit is 71 years old. Clearly that picture isn’t current. Loretta began her acting career in theatre in 1967. By 1970 she performed in a number of sitcoms including Gunsmoke, Hawaii Five-O and Mannix. By 1972 Loretta made her best career move when she took the role of Margaret (Hot Lips) Houlihan on M.A.S.H. She co-starred in the sitcom for eleven years. That was when Loretta’s career took a serious nosedive. Loretta made an appearance on (gasp) LoveboatMatch Game and Hollywood Squares. You know its over when the best you can get on television is game shows.
video: Alan Alda on Loretta Swit
video: Burger King Loretta Swit
video: The Muppet Show Loretta Swit

Loretta made sporadic appears in films from 1972 to 1998 including S.O.B. and The Best Christmas Ever. Since then Loretta’s career has been in deadsville. Well it was fun while it lasted.

That’s where it gets tawdry.
You wish. Hot Lips was fictional.


video:  Loretta on What’s My Line
video:  Pyramid – Loretta
video: Loretta talks to VEG TV
video:  Commercials 1986


Comeback Grade: M for Maybe M.A.S.H. will get revised as a MASH Rehash.
Loretta’s Facebook Fans:  1,423  MASH fans are die-hards

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5 Responses to Loretta Swit – Hot Lips, Cold Career

  1. Cindy says:

    I’m pretty sure that Loretta did a bunch of plays throughout the later 80s and 90s (I remember her coming to my home city a few times), and I believe she has been doing theatre sporadically since then. So her acting career wasn’t exactly over in the 90s, she just has been doing things less in the spot light.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I love her no matter what she does i allways thought she was brillant at whatever she did not to mention a beautifull lady thanks for everything hottlipps

  3. Chromeheart says:

    How did you fail to mention that Miss Swit had one of the biggest drug (mostly coke) problems in Hollywood? That was the main reason her career took a nosedive (no pun intended).

    • Darrell41 says:

      ” That was the main reason her career took a nosedive (no pun intended).”

      Funny comment

      She should have quit powdering it from the inside.

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