Why ‘M*A*S*H’ Star Loretta Swit Never Auditioned for Her Role as Margaret

Loretta Swit is most famous for her role as Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Holihan on the classic TV series M*A*S*H. The actor portrayed the head nurse of the 4077 for 11 seasons. Swit didn’t have to do much work when it came to winning the iconic role.

M*A*S*H star Loretta Swit as Major Margaret Houlihan I CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

‘M*A*S*H’ star Loretta Swit didn’t have to audition for the role of Margaret Houlihan

In 1972, CBS was developing a TV adaptation of Robert Alman’s classic film M*A*S*H. One of the pivotal roles was Major Houlihan, played by Sally Kellerman in the movie. For the TV series, producers searched for the right person to play the gorgeous yet stern head nurse. They found their Hot Lips with Swit, who didn’t have much work to nab the role.

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