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Also Known As: Sally Claire Kellerman Died:
Born: June 2, 1937 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Long Beach, California, USA Profession: actor, voice actor, singer, producer

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A tall willowy blonde leading lady and character actress, Sally Kellerman possesses an assertive, forthright presence that can convey both easy earnestness and prominent paranoia. Although she made her film debut at age 20 in a bit role in "Reform School Girl" (1957), she first conquered TV in the mid-1960s with striking performances on shows including "The Outer Limits" and "Star Trek". She came to prominence in film in the 1970s, notably as Major 'Hot Lips' Houlihan in Robert Altman's "M*A*S*H" (1970), for which she received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress. Not standard leading lady material, Kellerman has not always been easy to cast, and many of her films have been minor items. But she kept busy with off-beat roles in "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers" (1972), "Welcome to L.A." (1976), "A Little Romance" (1979), "Back to School" (1986) and "Happily Ever After" (1990). Her richly modulated, seductively velvety voice has also been put to good use in much voice-over work as well and she has enjoyed a secondary career as a nightclub performer as well.

A tall willowy blonde leading lady and character actress, Sally Kellerman possesses an assertive, forthright presence that can convey both easy earnestness and prominent paranoia. Although she made her film debut at age 20 in a bit role in "Reform School Girl" (1957), she first conquered TV in the mid-1960s with striking performances on shows including "The Outer Limits" and "Star Trek". She came to prominence in film in the 1970s, notably as Major 'Hot Lips' Houlihan in Robert Altman's "M*A*S*H" (1970), for which she received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress. Not standard leading lady material, Kellerman has not always been easy to cast, and many of her films have been minor items. But she kept busy with off-beat roles in "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers" (1972), "Welcome to L.A." (1976), "A Little Romance" (1979), "Back to School" (1986) and "Happily Ever After" (1990). Her richly modulated, seductively velvety voice has also been put to good use in much voice-over work as well and she has enjoyed a secondary career as a nightclub performer as well.

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CAST: (feature film)

3.
 Open House (2005)
4.
 Kill Shot (2001)
5.
6.
 Live Virgin (2000) Quaint Mcperson
7.
 Columbo: Ashes to Ashes (1998) Liz Houston
8.
 Lay of the Land, The (1997) M J Dankworth
9.
 Maze, The (1997)
10.
 Naked Ambition (1997)
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1957:
Made film debut in a small role in "Reform School Girl"
1966:
Appeared in pre-Broadway tryout of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" starring Mary Tyler Moore and Richard Chamberlain
1968:
Acted in "The Boston Strangler"
1970:
Had featured role in "Brewster McCloud", directed by Robert Altman
1970:
Breakthrough screen role, Hot Lips Houlihan in "M*A*S*H*", directed by Altman; received Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination
1973:
Screen singing debut in musical version of "Lost Horizon"
1976:
Co-starred in "Welcome to L.A.", helmed by Altman protege Alan Rudolph
1978:
Played supporting role in the acclaimed PBS production "Verna: USO Girl"
1978:
Acted in the NBC miniseries "Centennial"
1979:
Had featured role in "A Little Romance"
1980:
Co-starred in "Foxes"
1983:
Appeared in the CBS biopic "Dempsey", starring Treat Williams
1985:
Portrayed a judge in the broad comedy "Moving Violations"
1986:
Acted opposite Rodney Dangerfield in "Back to School"
1988:
Appeared in the comedy feature "You Can't Hurry Love"
1988:
With Rick Moranis, played the title roles in the live-action feature "Boris and Natasha", based on characters featured in the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons; film was delayed in release and eventually aired on Showtime in 1992
1992:
Made cameo appearance as herself in "The Player", directed by Altman
1994:
Reteamed with Altman for "Ready to Wear (Pret a Porter)"
1996:
Made appearance in "It's My Party"
1997:
Debut as producer, the feature "The Lay of the Land"; also co-starred and sang
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Starred in the Showtime movie "Bar Hopping" with Kelly Preston, Scott Baio and Tom Arnold (filmed in 1998; scheduled to run during the 2000-2001 TV season)
2000:
Headlined the one-woman show "Hot Lips"
2001:
Appeared in singing engagement at the NYC nightclub Feinstein's
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Education

Hollywood High School: Hollywood , California -
Los Angeles City College: Los Angeles , California -
Actors Studio: New York , New York -
Northbridge Grammar School: Northbridge , California -

Notes

Kellerman has narrated numerous TV documentaries and her voice has been featured in many commercials.

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husband:
Rick Edelstein. Director. Married in 1970; divorced in 1975.
husband:
Jonathan Krane. Executive. Married in 1980; separated in 1997; reconciled; founder, chair and CEO of the Management Company Entertainment Group.

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father:
John Helm Kellerman.
mother:
Edith Baine Kellerman.
step-daughter:
Claire Krane.
son:
Jack Krane. Born c. 1989.
daughter:
Hannah Krane. Born c. 1989.
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