Sally Kellerman, who is best known for her roles in ‘M*A*S*H’ and ‘Back to School’, has died at the age of 84. The actor died on Thursday morning at her California home after a battle with dementia, the Hollywood Reporter reported, quoting her son.
Kellerman was born in Long Beach, California, in 1937 to an oil executive father and piano teacher mother. In the late 1950s, she was a waitress in Hollywood.
“I waited on more stars than I worked with in my entire career,” she told The Los Angeles Times in 2013.
She then auditioned for her role of US Army Maj. Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in the film ‘M*A*S*H’ and the rest is history.
“There were times in my life when I felt I had to go out and prove that I’m not just Hot Lips. But at this point, just call me anything you want!” she told the New York Post in 2010.
Kellerman went on to act in the 1986 comedy ‘Back to School.’ She also appeared in a number of TV shows such as ‘The Outer Limits,’ ‘Ben Casey,’ ‘That Girl’ and ‘Mannix.’
Following her death, several of her fans and colleagues took to social media to pay tributes.
“Saddened to learn of the passing of Sally Kellerman. I was lucky enough to meet her in 2011. She was really nice and even took the time to show me how Shatner held the phaser rifle when she played Dr. Elizabeth Dehner on the (2nd) Star Trek pilot “Where No Man Has Gone Before,'” one person wrote.
“I LOVED the marvelous Sally Kellerman. I looked up to her. Thank you Sally for all the wonderful work in a Hollywood that was so brutal for women. You had class,” another person tweeted.
Actor Jon Donahue wrote, “I grew up loving Sally Kellerman in “Back to School”. She was sweet, smart, funny, and had a beautiful, relaxing voice. I had the opportunity to work with her once at a table read for a movie. She was everything I hoped she’d be & more. What a talented actress. Rest In Peace.”