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Loretta Swit as Margaret HoulihanHot  Lips -  Major Margaret Houlihan (Loretta Swit), the humorless, career Army nurse on the military comedy M*A*S*H/CBS/1972-83 earned the nickname "Hot Lips" because of her passionate, extracurricular activities with married Army doctor Major Frank Burns (Larry Linville) stationed at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War.

Her "Hot Lips" sobriquet originated in the movie M*A*S*H (1970) when actress Sally Kellerman played the movie role of Margaret Houlihan. During a wild romp with Captain Frank Burns (Robert Duvall), Margaret screamed "Oh Frank, my lips are hot...kiss my hot lips."

Sally Kellerman as Margaret Houlihan
Sally Kellerman as 'Hot Lips'

Unfortunately, for both Margaret and Frank their steamy interlude was broadcast over the camp's loudspeaker via a microphone planted under Margaret's army cot. Henceforth, she was known as "Hot Lips."

During the 1977-78 season Margaret married (and later divorced) Colonel Donald Penobscott. Margaret's father (Andrew Duggan) was nicknamed "Howitzer" Al Houlihan by his military cronies.


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