Actress Loretta Swit says ‘M*A*S*H’ cast still ‘family’ 35 years after its record-breaking finale

SALT LAKE CITY — A TV show about Army medics in the jungles of Korea during a bloody conflict doesn’t sound like a hit, and yet that’s exactly what the CBS show “M*A*S*H” (1972-1983) turned into following a bumpy start. After the network nearly canceled it in its first season, 105.9 million viewers tuned in to watch the show’s finale 11 years later — a record broken only in 2010 by the Super Bowl.

This year marks the 35-year anniversary of the show’s ending, and actress Loretta Swit recently reflected on what made “M*A*S*H” unique and why it continues to attract a strong following.

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Loretta Swit shares touching memories from ‘M*A*S*H’ 35 years after finale

I recently interviewed Loretta Swit for a “10 questions” interview and a Deseret News feature commemorating the 35th anniversary of the “M*A*S*H” finale. Swit played the role of Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan.

This lengthy excerpt includes Swit’s touching memories about her castmates (she refers to them repeatedly as “family”) from “M*A*S*H.

Loretta Swit played the role of Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan on “M*A*S*H.” Photo provided by Harlan Boll.

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10 questions with Tony Amendola

In March 2018, I had the privilege to interview Tony Amendola for “10 questions.”

Amendola is a talented actor on both stage and screen. He is especially notable for his performances on “Stargate: SG-1,” “Continuum,” and “Once Upon A Time.”

At the time of this interview, Amendola was working on an unnamed project for the Syfy network and was gracious enough to step aside from memorizing his lines to speak with Fromthedesk.org.

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