Loretta Swit Turns 75: M*A*S*H Star Still Stunning, Prepares for Upcoming Theater Role, Twitter Fans Send out Birthday Wishes

By Danica Bellini | Nov 05, 2012 10:25 AM EST
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Loretta Swit, famously known as the sassy and sexy head nurse Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan on the hit 1970s sitcom M*A*S*H, celebrated her 75th birthday on Sunday (Nov. 4), and the stunning blonde looks better than ever! Swit, who snagged two Emmy Awards for her phenomenal work on M*A*S*H, has remained out of the limelight for the past few years, but reports confirm that she will soon hit the stage alongside Harry Hamlin in Joshua Ravetch's two actor play One November Yankee. Looks like fans haven't seen the last of Swit yet!  Check out some of the birthday wishes M*A*S*H enthusiast sent out to Swit via Twitter ("Loretta Swit turning 75" even started trending on the popular social networking site on Sunday):

@glindsey: "And it just so happens that Loretta Swit turns 75 today! Happy birthday to one of the best actresses to be on television!"

@SquidyUK: "Loretta Swit is 75 today. The best President we never had."

@roritravel: "Happy Birthday Hot Lips! 75 & looking great!"

@Wolfeagle: "Happy birthday, Loretta Swit! The fans thank you for all your wonderful performances."

@DrMichaelSimon: "LORETTA SWIT TURNS 75! That's the real news!"

Out of the whopping 251 episodes of M*A*S*H (11 seasons in all), Swit only missed out on 11. She was one of only four characters that appeared in every single season of the hit 1970s-1980s television series that followed a team of doctors and support staff stationed at the "4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hosptial" in South Korea during the Korean War. The New Jersey native also starred in a number of other popular television, theater, and film roles. Playbill describes Swit's upcoming play One November Yankee as: "It's the aftermath of a plane crash and a brother and sister have survived, but all is not exactly what it might seem as we travel to unexpected places that take us from New York's MOMA, to the mountains of New Hampshire, from the past to the present in a play that unfolds like theatrical Origami in this funny and touching new play."

In a past interview, Swit once discussed how her portrayal of Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan impacted real men and women working in the medical field at the time:

"Sometimes I would get letters from nurses saying how grateful they were that a nurse was finally being portrayed as a person, a caring human being. As far as the audience was concerned, I think it identifies with at least one or two or maybe all of us. We have become people to them and never caricatures. We're very real to them."

Happy birthday, Swit!

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