Loretta Swit, known for her iconic role as Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in “M*A*S*H,” began acting at seven despite her Polish immigrant parents’ disapproval. Determined to succeed, she trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and transitioned to light comedy and musicals, which highlighted her comedic talent.

Swit’s breakthrough came with “M*A*S*H,” where she earned Emmy nominations for ten out of eleven seasons. She almost quit the show after feeling her character had stagnated but stayed and met her true love, Dennis Holahan, during filming. Their on-screen chemistry turned into real-life love, leading to a 12-year marriage.

After “M*A*S*H,” Swit continued to act in various roles, including “The Love Boat” and “Hell Hath No Fury.” Despite her fame, she became more private, avoiding interviews to protect her personal life.

Swit, who chose not to have children, found her calling in animal rescue. She founded the Switheart Animal Alliance to rescue, protect, and raise awareness about animal cruelty. She also helps reunite war dogs with veterans and uses her art to fund her organization.

At 85, Swit remains active in animal advocacy and continues to inspire with her youthful appearance and dedication to animals. She lives with her rescue pets, embodying her belief in unconditional love and care for animals. “They love us unconditionally. Let’s give back and care for them unconditionally,” she says.

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