Loretta Swit's Love Interest on 'M*A*S*H' Became Her Real-Life Husband

Loretta Swit married Dennis Holahan in 1983. She met the actor during a taping of the hit television series "M*A*S*H."

The legendary actress, who played Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan on the show, tied the knot with Holahan in a small church ceremony in the San Fernando Valley, according to UPI.

"It’s about how a bad situation — a deadly situation — can sometimes bring out the best in human beings and make you proud of your species."

Loretta Swit at Universal Studios Hollywood on February 26, 2019 in Universal City, California | Photo: Getty Images

Loretta Swit at Universal Studios Hollywood on February 26, 2019 in Universal City, California | Photo: Getty Images

Loretta and Dennis's meeting 

Just dear companions and relatives witnessed the wedding vows. However, some of Swit's celebrity friends went to the evening reception at a Beverly Hills restaurant.

Swit met Holahan when the actor was picked to star as Per Johannsen, a Swedish diplomat who became temporarily associated with Swit's character in an episode of "M*A*S*H," which is one of the highest-rated shows in the history of American television.

Loretta Swit and Dennis Holahan in London on June 6, 1984 | Photo: Getty Images

Loretta Swit and Dennis Holahan in London on June 6, 1984 | Photo: Getty Images

After their big day, the couple traveled to Egypt for their honeymoon. They then lived in the Hollywood Hills. In 1995, Swit divorced Holahan. She has not remarried and has no kids. 

Loretta Swit's career

Born in Passaic, New Jersey, Swit studied drama with Gene Frankel in Manhattan in New York City. She acknowledged Frankel as her acting mentor. 

Loretta Swit visits Hallmark's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Loretta Swit visits Hallmark's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City, California. | Photo: Getty Images

In 1969, Swit arrived in Hollywood and performed guest roles in several TV series. She gained widespread recognition in 1972 after starring on "M*A*S*H," a comedy-drama television show set in an American mobile army hospital during the Korean War. Swit said in an interview:

"M*A*S*H is about, I think, the resilience, the courage, and the patriotism. The delicate nature of man. It’s about loyalty. It’s about how a bad situation — a deadly situation — can sometimes bring out the best in human beings and make you proud of your species."

Loretta Swit on November 11, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida | Source: Getty Images

Loretta Swit on November 11, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida | Source: Getty Images

Besides actor Alan Alda, Swit is the only actor to have been in both the pilot episode and the finale. She showed up in all except 11 of the total of 256 episodes.

For her work on the series, Swit won two Emmy Awards. Altogether, “M*A*S*H” was nominated over 150 times and secured 62 wins.

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