Actress Loretta Swit

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on August 24, 2003

I'd like to know about Loretta Swit, the nurse on the TV M*A*S*H series. What have some of her post-M*A*S*H roles been?
—Frank D., Montana

While Loretta Swit is best known for her portrayal of Maj. Margaret Houlihan on M*A*S*H, she has had a long stage and film career. Films include Freebie and the Bean, Stand Up and Be Counted, and Race with the Devil. Most recently, she played the title role in Shirley Valentine, a play about an English housewife who runs away to Greece in search of adventure and romance. She's made more than 25 television movies, including playing Detective Chris Cagney in the pilot for the hit detective series Cagney and Lacey. Her wildlife series, Those Incredible Animals, ran for five years on the Discovery Channel and still airs on Animal Planet. Swit, 65, is active in many animal causes, including Actors and Others for Animals, and has served as spokesperson for the Humane Society of the United States. A Polish-American, she was born in Passaic, N.J.