Hot 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.
"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 '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."
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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