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Loretta Swit

Equally versatile at comedy and drama, Loretta Swit's parents, Polish immigrants who settled in Passaic, New Jersey, were not in favor of her making a stab at a show business career. Performing on stage from age 7, however, nothing and nobody could deter her. A natural singer who trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts before finding work... See full bio »
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 1998 Beach Movie
Mrs. Jones
 1998 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)
Maggie Dennings
- Drill for Death (1998) ... Maggie Dennings
 1997 Cow and Chicken (TV Series)
- Space Cow/The Legend of Sailcat (1997) ... Judge (voice, as Lorretta Swit)
 1996 Forest Warrior
 1995 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Evelyn Turner
- Who Killed the Sweet Smell of Success? (1995) ... Evelyn Turner
 1994 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Kim Mitchell
- Portrait of Death (1994) ... Kim Mitchell
 1992 The Big Battalions (TV Mini-Series)
Cora Lynne
- Episode #1.4 (1992) ... Cora Lynne
- Episode #1.3 (1992) ... Cora Lynne
 1992 A Killer Among Friends (TV Movie)
Det. Patricia Staley
 1992 Batman: The Animated Series (TV Series)
Marcia Cates
- Mad as a Hatter (1992) ... Marcia Cates (voice)
 1991 Hell Hath No Fury (TV Movie)
 1990 A Matter of Principle (TV Movie)
Janet Short
 1989 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Wanda Karpinsky
- My Dad Can't Be Crazy... Can He? (1989) ... Wanda Karpinsky
 1988 14 Going on 30 (TV Movie)
 1986 Dreams of Gold: The Mel Fisher Story (TV Movie)
Deo Fisher
 1985 Miracle at Moreaux (TV Movie)
Sister Gabrielle
 1985 Beer
B.D. Tucker
 1985 Sam (TV Movie)
Samantha Flynn
 1985 The Execution (TV Movie)
Marysia Walenka
 1983 First Affair (TV Movie)
Jane Simon
 1982 Games Mother Never Taught You (TV Movie)
Laura Bentells
 1982 The Kid from Nowhere (TV Movie)
Caroline Baker
 1981 S.O.B.
Polly Reed
 1980 The Love Tapes (TV Movie)
Samantha Young
 1979 Valentine (TV Movie)
 1979 Friendships, Secrets and Lies (TV Movie)
 1979 Mirror, Mirror (TV Movie)
Sandy McLaren
 1979 Supertrain (TV Series)
Alice Phillips
- Hail to the Chief (1979) ... Alice Phillips
 1977 The Hostage Heart (TV Movie)
Chris LeBlanc
 1976 Good Heavens (TV Series)
- Good Neighbor Maxine (1976) ... Maxine
 1975 Rickles (TV Movie)
Major Hotlips Houlihan
 1975 Race with the Devil
 1975 The Last Day (TV Movie)
 1974 Freebie and the Bean
Mildred - Meyers' Wife
 1974 Petrocelli (TV Series)
Ella Knox
- By Reason of Madness (1974) ... Ella Knox
 1974 Tony Orlando and Dawn (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (1974)
 1974 Policewomen
Police clerk (uncredited)
 1972-1973 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Mary Beth Scoggins (segment "Love and the Locksmith") / Doris (segment "Love and the Pick-Up Fantasy")
- Love and the Big Top/Love and the Locksmith/Love and the Odd Couples/Love and the Unwedding (1973) ... Mary Beth Scoggins (segment "Love and the Locksmith")
- Love and the Hairy Excuse/Love and Lady Luck/Love and the Pick-Up Fantasy (1972) ... Doris (segment "Love and the Pick-Up Fantasy")
 1973 Shirts/Skins (TV Movie)
Linda Bush
 1973 Ironside (TV Series)
Sally Pearson
- Ollinger's Last Case (1973) ... Sally Pearson
 1973 Deadhead Miles
Lady with Glass Eye
 1972 Stand Up and Be Counted
Hilary McBride
 1972 Bonanza (TV Series)
Ellen Sue Greely
- A Visit to Upright (1972) ... Ellen Sue Greely
 1972 Fireball Forward (TV Movie)
Nurse (uncredited)
 1969-1972 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Wanda Russell / Betty / Anna
- Bait Once, Bait Twice (1972) ... Betty
- Three Dead Cows at Makapuu: Part II (1970) ... Wanda Russell
- Three Dead Cows at Makapuu: Part I (1970) ... Wanda Russell
 1971 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (TV Series)
- The Convicts (1971) ... Rosalyn
 1971 Cade's County (TV Series)
Ginny Lomax
- Homecoming (1971) ... Ginny Lomax
 1970 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Donna / Belle Clark
- Snow Train: Part 2 (1970) ... Donna
- Snow Train: Part 1 (1970) ... Donna
- The Pack Rat (1970) ... Belle Clark
 1970 Mannix (TV Series)
Jill Packard / Dorothy Harker
- Figures in a Landscape (1970) ... Jill Packard
- Only One Death to a Customer (1970) ... Dorothy Harker
 1970 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Midge Larson
- Homecoming (1970) ... Midge Larson
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The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1985). Musical comedy. Music by Rupert Holmes. Material adaption by Rupert Holmes. Lyrics by Rupert Holmes; Suggested by the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens. Musical Director: Michael Starobin. Music orchestrated by Rupert Holmes. Directed by Wilford Leach. Imperial Theatre: 2 Dec 1985- 16 May ... See more »

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Lorretta Swit


5' 6" (1.68 m)

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I mean, certain things had to remain the same. She had to remain one of the antagonists because that was the structure of the show. In the second season, we saw for the first time that she was unhappy with "Frank" and wanted more from her life. Then around the third or fourth year, in an episode called M*A*S*H: The Nurses (1976), "Hot Lips" gave the nurses a speech telling them how lonely she was... See more »


Honeymooned with husband Dennis Holahan in Egypt. Became stepmother to his teenaged children, Nicholas and Belle. See more »

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