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."
"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 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.
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.
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."
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.