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M*A*S*H ‘Hot Lips’ actress Sally Kellerman DIE at 84 after Oscar-nominated star’s long battle with dementia

SALLY Kellerman, who was best known for playing US Army Major General Margaret ‘Hot Lips’ Houlihan in Robert Altman’s big-screen version of M*A*S*H, has passed away.

The Oscar-nominated actress – whose career spanned more than six decades – was 84 years old when she died at an assisted living facility, according to her son.

Sally Kellerman is 84 years old

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Sally Kellerman is 84 years oldCredit: Getty
Sally played'Hot Lips' Houlihan in the movie version of M*A*S*H

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Sally played ‘Hot Lips’ Houlihan in the movie version of M*A*S*HCredit: Getty

Her son, Jack Krane, told TMZ that Sally was diagnosed with dementia around 2017 and hasn’t been doing well for the past few years.

Jack said he last saw her on Wednesday night, when he said his final goodbyes.

Sally’s performance as “Hot Lips” in the hit movie M*A*S*H, earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

After M*A*S*H – she starred in the film, not the series – she appeared in several of the director’s projects, including the films Brewster McCloud, Welcome to LA, The Player and Prêt -ah-Porter.

Sally also had a memorable starring role in 1986’s Back to School, playing comedian Rodney Dangerfield.

“Here’s one thing I brag about in my life: Director [Alan Metter] said he feels that I have helped Rodney become a human, can be trusted in a relationship. Because I just have to love him and be honest with it,” Sally said in 2016 on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast.

Sally said that when fans meet her in public, they will always refer to her as her most notable role, “Hot Lips”.

She will also be famously remembered for her role as Dr. Elizabeth Dehner in the third episode of “Star Trek.”

When her character sacrificed her life in the classic sci-fi movie, her dying words to Captain Kirk were, “I’m sorry… you can’t know the feeling… almost a god”.

Sally was born on June 2, 1937 in Long Beach, California and has spent most of her life in the limelight.

She once said, “I’ve been singing and acting since the womb.”

The news of her death affected friends and colleagues.

REMEMBER SALLY

Podcaster Marc Maron tweeted: “Sally Kellerman is radiant, beautiful, fun, and great to work with.

“She played my mother in my series ‘Maron’.” My biological mother is very flattering and a little jealous. I’m sad she’s gone. RIP”

TV writer Genner Gross added: “Sally Kellerman is 49 years old in BACK TO SCHOOL and is one of the sexiest women to ever exist.

“Her voice, her perfect timing of humor, her ability to switch between silly and smoldering and keep herself in a barracks full of Army soldiers.

“She’s a one-of-a-kind. RIP.”

And Star Trek historian Jay Stobie summed it up: “We lost one of the first members of #StarTrek family.

“My thoughts go out to Sally Kellerman’s friends and loved ones.”

Sally is survived by her son, Jack, along with daughters Hannah and Claire.

Sally had a memorable role in the first episode of Star Trek

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Sally had a memorable role in the first episode of Star TrekCredit: Getty
Sally lost her memory

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Sally lost her memoryCredit: Getty
Her career spanned 60 years

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Her career spanned 60 yearsCredit: Getty

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