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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