Sally Kellerman

Sally Kellerman

Infobox actor

imagesize = 150px
caption = Sally Kellerman, November 1979
birthname = Sally Claire Kellerman
othername = Sally Claire Kellerman Krane
birthdate = birth date and age|1937|6|2
birthplace = Long Beach, California, United States
website =
spouse = Jonathan D. Krane (May 11, 1980)
Occupation = Actress, Voice Actor, Singer, Producer
academyawards = Best Supporting Actress
(1970) "M*A*S*H"

Sally Claire Kellerman [According to the State of California. "California Birth Index, 1905-1995". Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At] (born June 2, 1937) is an American actress and singer known for her role as "Hot Lips" Houlihan in the film "M*A*S*H" (1970), for which she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.


Early life

Kellerman was born in Long Beach, California to Edith Baine (née Vaughn) and John Helm Kellerman. [ [ Sally Kellerman Biography (1936-) ] ] She attended Hollywood High School, where she was "bitten by the acting bug" and went on to Los Angeles City College. She also studied at the Actor's Studio in New York City with Jeff Corey and famous classmates: Shirley Knight, Jack Nicholson, Dean Stockwell and Robert Blake.

Acting career

Kellerman made her debut film in "Reform School Girl" (1957) before starring in several classic "The Outer Limits" episodes, "The Outer Limits": "The Human Factor" and "The Outer Limits": "The Bellero Shield" and also starring as Dr. Elizabeth Dehner in the second filmed pilot episode of "" (1965), entitled "Where No Man Has Gone Before", opposite actors Gary Lockwood and William Shatner. She also made an appearance in the science fiction series "The Invaders."

Kellerman would also co-star with Tony Curtis in "The Boston Strangler" (1968) as the only surviving victim. In 1969, she reportedly almost talked herself out of her most famous role. She had an argument with "M*A*S*H" director Robert Altman after reading the script. She was incensed about the way her proposed character, Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan, was to be humiliated. Altman said that her attitude and passion was exactly what he was looking for in that character.

Kellerman was offered but refused the role of "Hot Lips" in "M*A*S*H" the television series Fact|date=January 2008. The role would go to Loretta Swit. "M*A*S*H" would not be the last successful team effort between Kellerman and director Robert Altman, Kellerman would appear in several other Altman films, including "Brewster McCloud" (1970) and "Welcome to LA" (1976). Kellerman co-starred with Diane Lane and Laurence Olivier in "A Little Romance" (1979), Jodie Foster in "Foxes" (1980), and Shirley MacLaine in "Loving Couples" (1980). Kellerman reportedly turned down the role of Linda Rogo in "The Poseidon Adventure" Fact|date=January 2008. It went to Stella Stevens.

Kellerman starred as comedian Rodney Dangerfield's love interest in "Back to School" and the same year co-starred with Julie Andrews and Jack Lemmon in "Blake Edwards"' "That's Life!" (1986). Kellerman would again team up with Altman for "The Player" (1992) and "Prêt-à-Porter" (1994) a film in which Kellerman co-starred alongside some of Hollywood's biggest names, Marcello Mastroianni, Sophia Loren, Lauren Bacall, Tim Robbins, Julia Roberts, Kim Basinger, Linda Hunt, Forest Whitaker and Cher.

More recently, Kellerman has been in "American Virgin" (2000), "Boynton Beach Club" (2006) and, making a somewhat quirky appearance as herself, leading a cult in "The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman" (2006). Kellerman has as a cameo in Amy Heckerling's "I Could Never Be Your Woman" (2007) and is set to team up with her husband, Jonathan D. Krane, plus Dedee Pfeiffer and Dylan and Cole Sprouse in "The Prince and the Pauper" (2007).


Kellerman already had a recording contract with Verve Records when she was eight. After giving another signature performance in Robert Altman’s "Brewster McCloud", she cut her first demo with Lou Adler then jumped straight into the recording studio with arranger/producer Gene Paige to record "Roll With The Feelin", an album by Decca Records.

Kellerman contributed her vocal talent in the musical film, "Lost Horizon" (1973) in which she collaborated with Burt Bacharach, Liv Ullman and Olivia Hussey, the soundtrack was released by Razor & Tie.

Kellerman revived her vocal talent in the independent film, "Open House" (2004) opposite Ann Magnuson, Anthony Rapp and Kellie Martin. She was a hit in Teatro ZinZanni in the same year.cite web |url= |title= Actress and stage performer who's been there, done that still wants more |author= Jesse Hamlin |work= San Francisco Chronicle |date= 6 July 2004 |quote= ] cite web |url= |title= Sally Kellerman headlines Teatro ZinZanni |author= Richard Connema |work= |date=2004 |quote= ]

Currently touring local spots, Kellerman plans to release another album in which she works side by side with her musical director, Chris Caswell.

Personal life

Kellerman was married to director Rick Edelstein from 1970-1971, and from 1980 to producer Jonathan D. Krane. Kellerman has one daughter, Claire, her niece she adopted in 1976, when Sally's sister, Claire's birth mother, moved to France and Claire's father died 2 days after giving permission for the adoption. She is a mother to adopted twins with Krane. Krane also adopted Claire in 1987.


External links

* [ official website]
*imdb name|id=001419|name=Sally Kellerman
* [ Sally Kellerman] at MySpace
* [ Sally Kellerman] at Yahoo! Movies

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