Sally Kellerman


Actor, Voice Actor
Sally Kellerman

About

Also Known As
Sally Claire Kellerman
Birth Place
Long Beach, California, USA
Born
June 02, 1937

Biography

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."...

Family & Companions

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

Notes

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

Biography

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.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

I Could Never Be Your Woman (2008)
The Boynton Beach Club (2006)
Open House (2005)
Kill Shot (2001)
Live Virgin (2000)
Quaint Mcperson
Women of the Night (2000)
Columbo: Ashes to Ashes (1998)
Naked Ambition (1997)
The Maze (1997)
The Lay of the Land (1997)
M J Dankworth
It's My Party (1996)
Mirror, Mirror 2: Raven Dance (1994)
The Waiter (1994)
Ready to Wear (1994)
Sissy Wanamaker--Editor Of
Doppelganger (1993)
Younger & Younger (1993)
Happily Ever After (1993)
Voice
The Player (1992)
Herself
Boris and Natasha (1992)
Drop Dead Gorgeous (1991)
Evelyn Ash
The Secret of the Ice Caves (1990)
Valerie Ostrow
All's Fair (1989)
Limit Up (1989)
Paramedics (1988)
You Can't Hurry Love (1988)
Ponce De Leon And The Search For The Fountain Of Youth (1987)
Lucy
Three for the Road (1987)
Blanche
Meatballs (Part 3) (1987)
Roxy Dujour
Back To School (1986)
That's Life! (1986)
Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird (1985)
Voice
Moving Violations (1985)
Secret Weapons (1985)
Lethal (1985)
September Gun (1983)
For Lovers Only (1982)
Emmy Pugh
It Rained All Night the Day I Left (1981)
Loving Couples (1980)
Serial (1980)
Martha
Head On (1980)
Michelle Keys
Foxes (1980)
A Little Romance (1979)
Magee and the Lady (1978)
The Mouse and His Child (1977)
Voice Of Seal
Welcome To L.A. (1976)
The Big Bus (1976)
Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins (1975)
Mac Beachwood
Slither (1973)
A Reflection of Fear (1973)
Anne
Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1972)
Elaine [Navazio]
Lost Horizon (1972)
Brewster McCloud (1970)
Louise
M*A*S*H (1970)
Maj. Margaret O'Houlihan, also known as "Hot Lips"
The April Fools (1969)
Phyllis Brubaker
The Boston Strangler (1968)
Dianne Cluny
The Third Day (1965)
Holly Mitchell
Hands of a Stranger (1962)
Sue
Reform School Girl (1957)
Girl

Producer (Feature Film)

The Lay of the Land (1997)
Producer
Boris and Natasha (1992)
Associate Producer

Music (Feature Film)

The Lay of the Land (1997)
Song Performer ("Questions" "The Lay Of The Land")

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The Player (1992)
Other

Cast (Special)

Playboy's 50th Anniversary Special (2003)
Jennifer Jones: Portrait of a Lady (2001)
Remembering MASH: The 30th Anniversary Cast and Crew Reunion (2001)
We All Dream of Oz (2000)
Narration
Mummies: Voices of the Dead (2000)
Narrator
Outer Limits Farewell Tribute (2000)
Legendary Hollywood Homes 2 (2000)
Narration
The Diamond Deception (2000)
Narrator
Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary Primetime Special (1999)
Intimate Portrait: Kelly Preston (1999)
Narrator
Legendary Hollywood Homes (1999)
Narration
Canyonlands: America's Wild West (1999)
Narrator
Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony (1999)
Narrator
Horses (1999)
Narrator
Elizabeth Glaser: The E! True Hollywood Story (1998)
Narrator
Patagonia: Life at the End of the Earth (1997)
Narrator
Intimate Portrait: John F. Kennedy, Jr. (1996)
Narration
Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond (1996)
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995)
Presenter
The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards (1990)
Performer
Reno's Cabaret Reunion (1989)
Dr. Paradise (1988)
Happy Birthday, Hollywood! (1987)
Dirkham Detective Agency (1983)
Zoe
Circus of the Stars (1981)
Dorothy Hamill's Corner of the Sky (1979)
A Couple of Dons (1973)
Higher and Higher, Attorneys at Law (1968)
Liz Higher

Music (Special)

Reno's Cabaret Reunion (1989)
Song Performer

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Verdict in Blood (2002)
Verna: USO Girl (1978)

Life Events

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

Breakthrough screen role, Hot Lips Houlihan in "M*A*S*H*", directed by Altman; received Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination

1970

Had featured role in "Brewster McCloud", directed by Robert Altman

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

Acted in the NBC miniseries "Centennial"

1978

Played supporting role in the acclaimed PBS production "Verna: USO Girl"

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

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

1988

Appeared in the comedy feature "You Can't Hurry Love"

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

2000

Headlined the one-woman show "Hot Lips"

2001

Appeared in singing engagement at the NYC nightclub Feinstein's

Photo Collections

Slither - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Slither (1973), starring James Caan and Sally Kellerman. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

That's Life! (1986) - I'll Be So Delicious In a shot writer-producer-director Blake Edwards needed several days to get, due to fog on the beach at his own Malibu home, actress Gillian (Julia Andrews, Mrs. Edwards), secretly awaiting results of a cancer test, meets friend and realtor Molly (Sally Kellerman) exercising, in That’s Life, 1986.
M*A*S*H (1970) - He Was Drafted New head nurse Major Houlihan (Sally Kellerman), who has allied herself with the martinet Major Burns, confronts unorthodox surgeon Hawkeye (Donald Sutherland) in the mess tent, Rene Auberjonois commenting, in director Robert Altman’s counter-culture Korean War comedy M*A*S*H, 1970.
M*A*S*H (1970) - Open, Suicide Is Painless The opening from Robert Altman, including the rarely-heard lyric from the song, which became the TV title theme, which made writer Mike Altman (the director’s son) rich, and a brief introduction of Colonel Blake (Roger Bowen) and Radar (Gary Burghoff), from M*A*S*H, 1970,
Slither (1973) - What Are You Up On? After a bad first hitch-hiking attempt, parolee Dick (James Caan) meets Kitty (Sally Kellerman), having trouble with a cop (Wayne Storm), in Slither, 1973, directed by Howard Zieff from W.D. Richter's original screenplay.
Brewster McCloud (1970) - Welcome To The Astrodome First appearance of Shelley Duvall, in her debut as tour-guide Suzanne, also Bud Cort (title character), trench-coated Louise (Sally Kellerman) and image-conscious cop Shaft (Michael Murphy), in Robert Altman's Brewster McCloud, 1970.
Third Day, The (1965) - Did She Dance For You? At the fancy horse show with wife Alexandria (Elizabeth Ashley) executive Steve (George Peppard) shows the first signs of coming out of his amnesia, leading him to visit Holly (Sally Kellerman), injured in his car crash, but not recognizing her husband (Arte Johnson) in the hospital waiting room, in The Third Day, 1965.
Little Romance, A (1979) - Call Me Bogie Joining director George Roy Hill’s scene in which Parisian movie nut Daniel (Thelonious Bernard) observes an American movie (with Broderick Crawford) in production, meeting fellow teen Lauren (Diane Lane) and her important mom (Sally Kellerman), early in A Little Romance, 1979.
M*A*S*H (1970) - You Killed Him The original condition of the patient is not altogether clear, but Major Burns (Robert Duvall) cruelly blames Boone (Bud Cort) for his death, causing Trapper (Elliott Gould) to retaliate, just as Col. Blake (Roger Bowen) is orienting Major Houlihan (Sally Kellerman), in Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H, 1970.

Trailer

Family

John Helm Kellerman
Father
Edith Baine Kellerman
Mother
Claire Krane
Step-Daughter
Jack Krane
Son
Born c. 1989.
Hannah Krane
Daughter
Born c. 1989.

Companions

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

Bibliography

Notes

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