Sally Kellerman

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Sally Kellerman
Sally Kellerman - 1983.jpg
Kellerman in Dempsey, 1983
Born Sally Claire Kellerman
(1937-06-02) June 2, 1937 (age 76)
Long Beach, California, United States
Alma mater Hollywood High School
Los Angeles City College
Occupation Actress, singer, author, film producer, voice-over
Years active 1957–present
Spouse(s) Rick Edelstein (m. 1970; div. 1975)
Jonathan D. Krane (1980-present) 3 children

Sally Kellerman (born Sally Claire Kellerman; June 2, 1937),[1] is an American actress, author, producer, singer and voice over with a career that spans nearly 60 years. Although she has quite the lengthy resume consisting of motion picture and television productions, she is best known for her role as Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan in the film MASH (1970), for which she was nominated for an Oscar as Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Until Mash, she was often seen on television with appearances in 'Outer Limits, and what appears to be her most popular performance on TV, psychiatrist Dr. Elizabeth Dehner in "Where No Man Has Gone Before", the second pilot for Star Trek.

At the age of eighteen (1955), Kellerman earned herself a recording contract with Verve Records. However, it took until 1972 to record her first album, that of which is Roll with the Feelin. The album featured interpretations of songs written by Carole King, Gerry Goffin, and Stephen Stills. In 2009, Kellerman released her second album titled, Sally. The album has a pop and blues aesthetic.[2]

A prolific voice artist, her voice can be heard promoting Hidden Valley Ranch, as well as Mercedes-Benz, and Revlon. In animation, her work includes The Mouse and His Child (1977), Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird (1985), Happily Ever After (1990), Dinosaurs (1992), Unsupervised (2012), and The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange (2013).

In April 2013, Kellerman released her memoir titled, Read My Lips: Stories of a Hollywood Life. In the book, Kellerman remembers her years as a struggling actress in Hollywood, during the 1960s.

Early life[edit]

Kellerman was born in Long Beach, California to Edith Baine (née Vaughn 1911–1998) Benjamin, a piano teacher, and John "Jack" Helm Kellerman (1900–1971), a Shell Oil Co. executive.[3] She has an older sister, Diana Dean Kellerman, and a younger sister, Victoria Vaughn "Vicky" Kellerman who died an infant.[4] Kellerman's mother was a Christian Scientist and originated from Portland, Arkansas.[5] Jack originated from St. Louis, Missouri.[6] When Kellerman was in fifth grade, the family relocated to San Fernando, California.[7]

In the middle of her sophomore year, the Kellermans relocated from San Fernando to Park La Brea, Los Angeles. There, Kellerman attended Hollywood High School. Due to shyness and lack of self-esteem, she had a hard time making friends and earned poor grades in her classes (except for choir and physical education). In any event, Kellerman was able to act in the school's production of Meet Me in St. Louis.[8] Through one of her high school friends, Kellerman was able to submit a recording demo to Norman Granz, the founder and head of Verve Records. After Kellerman went to Verve Records and signed the contract, she realized the task of becoming a recording artist was far too much of a tall order to follow through with. She walked away.[9][10]

Instead, Kellerman enrolled in Jeff Corey's acting class.[11] Within a year, she performed in a production of John Osborne's Look Back in Anger, staged by Corey, and featuring classmates Shirley Knight, Jack Nicholson, Dean Stockwell and Robert Blake.[12] It was in Corey's class where Kellerman met the late actress, Luana Anders (1938–1996), the two remained very close friends.[13] Towards the end of the decade, Kellerman joined the newly opened Actors Studio West.[14][15] 1957 marked Kellerman's debut before-the-camera, in the film Reform School Girl.[16]


The 1960's[edit]

Kellerman as Holly Mitchell in The Third Day (1965)

The 1960s found Kellerman making appearances on numerous television series. The first of which was as a waitress in the John Forsyth sitcom Bachelor Father – episode "Kelly and the College Man" (1960). Struggling to land parts in television and film found Kellerman performing on stage. She made her stage debut in Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People.[17] Followed was another part in Pasadena Playhouse's production of Leslie Stevens's The Marriage-Go-Round (1962). Shortly after, she landed a part in Michael Shurtleff's Call Me By My Rightful Name (1962).[18]

In 1964, she landed the part of Judith Bellero, the manipulative and ruthless wife to Richard Bellero (Martin Landau), in Outer Limits – Episode: "The Bellero Shield".

In 1965, Kellerman appeared in another motion picture - she played Holly Mitchell, the perverted mistress to George Peppard's character in The Third Day.

In September 1966, she played psychiatrist Dr. Elizabeth Dehner in "Where No Man Has Gone Before", the second pilot for Star Trek. Three months after, she portrayed Mag Wildwood, in the original Broadway production of Breakfast at Tiffany's. It was directed by Joseph Anthony and produced by David Merrick. It never formally opened after four preview shows. Prior to the closing a live recording was made of the musical numbers. Kellerman recorded three songs that were included on the original cast label.[19]

Two years later, she portrayed Dianne Cluney, the only surviving victim of Albert DeSalvo's in the Boston Strangler (1968).

Followed, was the bit-part of Phyllis Brubaker, the materialistic wife to Jack Lemmon's character in the romantic comedy the April Fools (1969).[20] That year, Paul Mazursky's Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice released, a film that had a role Kellerman turned down.[21]

The 1970's[edit]

In 1970, Kellerman had her first breakthrough film role, in Robert Altman's MASH. She remembers that accepting the role of an army WAC in MASH came only after confronting Altman about the type of character she wanted to portray:

"I'm not just some WAC—I'm a woman!" I shouted at Altman. "So why can't she do this? And why can't she do that?" I was ranting. Bob just casually leaned back in his chair. He said, simply, "Why couldn't she? You could end up with something or nothing. Why not take a chance?" The minute he said that, something in me shifted. Here I was having a tantrum in his office, and there he was leaning back in his chair, smiling. Everything about him was so comfortable and relaxed. So sure.

Oh my God, I thought. I love this man. So it was settled. The role of Hot Lips Houlihan was mine. The movie was M*A*S*H."[22]

Kellerman's performance in M*A*SH garnered Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations and won Kansas City Film Critics Circle (KCFCC) Award for Best Supporting Actress, National Society of Film Critics (NSFC) Award for Best Supporting Actress (2nd place), and the Golden Laurel for 'Best Comedy Performance, Female'.[23]

"It may sound like a cliché when someone who's up for an Academy Award says, "It's an honor just to be nominated," but it really is an incredible honor. Yes, it's true that the coolest thing is doing the work, being on the set, having a part you can sink your teeth into, and 5 A.M. burritos and doughnuts at craft services or hanging out in the makeup trailer. But being nominated is amazing because it's your peers' acknowledgment of your work. That's humbling!

– Kellerman on her Academy Award nomination [24]

October 16, 1970, Kellerman appeared alongside comedienne Lucille Ball on The Merv Griffin Show. When Kellerman appeared before the stage, Ball gave her impression of Kellerman: "Sally is the closest thing to Garbo I've seen in years; the way she looks, her smile, her eyes, her cheekbones—everything."[25] Immediately after, she was featured in a spread of Life.[26] Kellerman went on to collaborate with Altman on, Brewster McCloud, in which she played Louise, guardian angel to a young Bud Cort. She also recorded an interpretation of "Rock-A-Bye Baby" for the film's soundtrack,[27]

Just after the film's release, December 17, 1970, Kellerman married Starsky & Hutch-producer, Rick Edelstein.[28] Anjanette Comer, Morgan Ames, Lisabeth Hush, Joanne Linville and Launa Anders were among some of her bridesmaids.[29]

In 1972, she returned to acting, in Gene Saks's film-adaptation of Neil Simon's play, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, which she considers among her best roles and was well-written:

I was loving the work. I had a fantastic part playing one of the women that a frustrated—and married—Alan Arkin gets involved with. Great parts are all about the writing, whether it's a film or a voice-over gig, and this was a work by Neil Simon. You don't get better writing that that. Last of the Red Hot Lovers remains one of my proudest accomplishments.[22][30]

While in Manhattan, post-completion of the film, Kellerman was offered by former editor-in-chief of Vogue, Grace Mirabella, a 10-page spread in the magazine – she declined.[22][31] Due to the script of her character, Kellerman passed on the role of Linda Rogo in The Poseidon Adventure (1972). Stella Stevens assumed the role.[32]

March 6, 1972, Kellerman divorced Edelstein - cited irreconcilable differences.[33] Following the divorce, Kellerman adopted her niece Claire (because Claire's biological mother, Kellerman's sister, Diana, came out as a lesbian when it was considered unacceptable to be gay and to raise children, therefore she moved to Southern France and left Claire in the care of Kellerman and Claire's father, who eventually died, giving Kellerman full custody).[22] Shortly after, she recorded her first demo with Lou Adler and then went into the recording studio with arranger and record producer Gene Paige to record Roll With The Feelin, an album for Decca Records.[22] Shortly after filming, Kellerman remembers turning down an Altman film:

I had just finished filming Last of the Red Hot Lovers when Bob called me one day at home. “Sally, do you want to be in my picture after next?” he asked. “Only if it’s a good part,” I said. He hung up on me. Bob was as stubborn and arrogant as I was at the time, but the sad thing is that I cheated myself out of working with someone I loved so much, someone who made acting both fun and easy and who trusted his actors. Stars would line up to work for nothing for Bob Altman.

Oh, the Altman film I turned down? Nashville. In that part I would have been able to sing. Bad choice. [34]

Kellerman, Family Weekly, 1971

In 1973, she landed supporting roles in the slasher-film A Reflection of Fear, the road movie Slither, and Charles Jarrott's musical interpretation of Frank Capra's Lost Horizon. Kellerman also contributed to the film's soundtrack. Two years later, she appeared in Dick Richards' Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins. She played Mackinley Beachwood, one-of-two women who kidnap driving instructor and former United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Rafferty, portrayed by Alan Arkin. In addition to starring in the film, Kellerman performed the song "Honky Tonk Angels".[35]

From November 25, 1975 – December 14, 1975, Kellerman performed nightly at 9:15pm and 11:15pm at the Rainbow Grill.[36] In October 1975, Kellerman performed at Reno Sweeney.[37]

In 1976, she landed the role of Sybil Crane, the overbearing wife to Claude Crane (Richard Mulligan), in the disaster parody The Big Bus. Followed, was a leading role in the Alan Rudolph-directed and Altman-produced Welcome to L.A. (1976).

In May 1977, Kellerman appeared in a weeklong run of cabaret concerts. The string began with a gig at the Grand Finale May 2nd, 1977. Songs that evening included interpretations of compositions originally performed by Leon Russell and Betty Everett.[38]

Roles that followed include, Maureen, the veteran vaudevillian, in Verna: USO Girl (1978), Veronica Sterling, the caviar-champagne-party addicted socialite in the made-for-television film, She'll Be Sweet (1978), and Lise Bockweiss, one of several wives to Pasquinel (Robert Conrad), and daughter to Herman Bockweiss (Raymond Burr), in the twelve-episode miniseries, Centennial (1978–1979). Nearing the end of the decade, she played Kay King, the pretentious and kooky mother to a swooned daughter (Diane Lane), in George Roy Hill's A Little Romance (1979).

The 1980's[edit]

Performances in the 1980s could be seen in Adrian Lyne's Foxes (1980). She played the part of Mary, a middle-aged mother struggling to raise her rebellious daughter (Jodie Foster) in 1980's-suburban America. In addition, she was nominated a Genie award for her performance in Nicolas Gessner's It Rained All Night the Day I Left (1980). The same year she played the part of Martha, an eccentric who has been married six times, in Bill Persky's Serial.

After appearing as the silly and sophisticated Mrs. Liggett in Jack Smight's Loving Couples, Kellerman married Jonathan D. Krane. The two were wed Sunday, May 11, in a private ceremony held at Jennifer Jones's Malibu home.[39]

Followed, were leading roles in Michael Grant's perverse Head On (1980), in which she plays Mary, a child psychiatrist who ends up in a sadomasochistic-relationship with a professor of psychology (Stephen Lackman), after the two meet in a head-on automobile crash. The same year, she starred in Kirk Browning's made-for-television film-adaptation of Dorothy Parker's 1929 short story, Big Blonde (1980). The film chronicles the turbulent of 1920's socialite Hazel (Kellerman).

February 7, 1981, Kellerman hosted Saturday Night Live – Episode: "Sally Kellerman/Jimmy Cliff". That evening, Kellerman appeared in 4 sketches: "Monologue", "The Audition", "Was I Ever Red", "Lean Acres". For the evening's epilogue, Kellerman performed the Donna Summer song, "Starting Over Again".[40]

In 1983, Kellerman appeared in two made-for-television films, one of which was Dempsey, in which she plays the title character's first wife, Maxine Cates. Followed, was the role of a proprietress of a honky-tonk dance hall in September Gun. That year, she was offered a role in a stage production, Tom Eyen's R-rated spoof of 1940's women's prison films, Women Behind Bars. She played the part of Gloria, a hard-as-nails inmate who assumes control over the other inmates.[41]

1985–1986 appeared to be a busy time for Kellerman, she landed many roles, which include: the KGB-training school warden, Vera Malevich in the made-for-television film, Secret Weapons, the S&M-enticed Judge Nedra Henderson in Moving Violations (1985), Dr. Diane Turner, Rodney Dangerfield's on-screen love interest in Alan Metter's Back to School (1986), Julie Andrews's and Jack Lemmon's on-screen, eccentric yet adorable neighbor in Blake Edwards's That's Life (1986), Roxy Dujour, porn star/ghost in Meatballs III: Summer Job (1986), the third installment in the Meatballs film series, and Kerri Green's onscreen mother who has approximately five minutes-screen time. In 1987, Kellerman landed the role of Edith Helm, an actress in Henry Jaglom's Someone to Love. In 1989, she and Krane adopted newborn twins, Jack and Hannah.[22]

Nearing the end of the decade, Kellerman was to release what would be her second album. It would have included the music track, "It's Good to Be Bad, It's Bad to Be Good", from her upcoming film Boris and Natasha: The Movie (1992), in which she starred as Natasha Fatale, and served as the film's executive producer.[42]

The 1990's[edit]

1992 marked the fourth collaboration between Kellerman and Altman. She appeared as herself in The Player. Followed, were supporting roles in Percy Adlon's Younger and Younger (1993), and Mirror, Mirror II: Raven Dance (1994), the sequel to the Yvonne De Carlo and Karen Black horror, Mirror, Mirror.

Soon after, Kellerman appeared in another Altman film – Prêt-à-Porter, in which she played the part of Sissy Wanamaker, Editor in Chief of Harper's Bazaar. She co-starred opposite Tracey Ullman and Linda Hunt, who also portrayed fashion magazine editors. During filming, Altman flew Kellerman and co-star Lauren Bacall from Paris, to pay tribute to him at the Lincoln Center.[43]

From April 18, 1995 – May 21, 1995, Kellerman starred as the title character in Maltz Jupiter Theatre's production of Mame.[44] The same year (approximately), Kellerman was doing back-to-back plays in Boston, and Edmonton and Alberta Canada. The play in Boston was Hasty Pudding Theatricals production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Kellerman played the role of Martha. Edmonton and Alberta found Kellerman performing a two month-string, two-character production titled, Lay of the Land, starring opposite Michael Hogan.[45]

That year, Kellerman was to release her second album – Something Kool, an album featuring interpretations of 1950's songs.[44]

In 1996, Kellerman made a guest appearance in the short lived series The Naked Truth – Episode: "Sister in Sex Triangle with Gazillionaire!". She played the part of Camilla's (played by Holland Taylor) calculating sister, Felicia. In 1997, she provided a guest spot in Robert Altman's short lived series, Gun – Episode: "All the President's Women". It marked their final collaboration. In 1998, she landed a guest spot in Columbo – Episode: "Ashes to Ashes".

On June 10, 1999, Kellerman joined actresses Kathleen Turner and Beverly Peele in support of a Planned Parenthood rally.[46]

The 2000's[edit]

The beginning of a new century found Kellerman appearing at Canon Theatre's production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues. She shared the stage with actresses Teri Hatcher and Regina Taylor.[47]

Kellerman at Robert Altman: Celebration of an American Icon, Boston University, 2009

In 2001, Kellerman performed a cabaret show at Feinstein's at the Regency. The show opened up with an interpretation of Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman". Kellerman's set-list ranged from: Barbra Streisand's "The Way We Were", to the traditional protest song, "We Shall Overcome", to the patriotic "America the Beautiful".[48]

In March 2002, Kellerman was one of many talents to perform in Los Angeles at the first concert of What a Pair. She shared the stage with singer/songwriter, Julia Fordham. The two performed "Why Can't I". 100% of the proceeds went to breast cancer research.[49] Shortly after, she appeared as the Judge Marcia Blackwell, the catalyst for the made-for-television film, Verdict in Blood (2002).

January 23, 2004, she performed at Palmdale Playhouse. The show had a cabaret aesthetic and was facilitated by Hal David. Some of the songs on Kellerman's set-list included interpretations of the standards "Sunday Kind of Love" and "Long Way From St. Louis". A few months later, she was to release an album titled, Body Parts.[50]

Summer of 2004, she acted as host, Madame ZinZanni in Teatro ZinZanni.[51][52]

Some time that year, Kellerman was honored by High Falls Film Festival with the Susan B. Anthony 'Failure is Impossible' Award. The award honors a woman in the film industry who has persevered in her career and triumphed over difficulties.[53] Kellerman also returned to the stage to perform at the second What a Pair concert. She shared the stage with actress Lauren Frost. The two performed the song, "I'm Past My Prime".[54]

In 2005, Kellerman appeared in Blank Theatre Company's Los Angeles revival of The Wild Party. She portrayed Dolores Montoya.[55] Followed, was the role of the sexually provocative Sandy, in Susan Seidelman's Boynton Beach Club. For the third and final time, Kellerman performed at the What a Pair concert. Although, this time she shared the stage with actress and singer/songwriter, Kathleen "Bird" York. The two performed Cole Porter's "My Heart Belongs to Daddy".[56]

February 23, 2008, Kellerman appeared alongside longtime colleague, Elliot Gould to present Spirit Awards's inauguration of the Robert Altman Award.

In 2006, Kellerman appeared as herself and the main catalyst in the first episode of IFC's short lived series, The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman - Episode: "A Cult Classic".

In September 2008, Kellerman contributed to the song "I Thought About You" in a duet with singer Ray Brown, Jr. (son of Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Brown) on Brown, Jr.'s duets CD titled Friends and Family.[57]

In 2009, Kellerman released her first album since Roll With The Feelin, titled Sally, a jazz and blues album. The album featured interpretations of recordings originally by Linda Ronstadt, Kim Carnes, Aerosmith, Nina Simone, the Motels, Neil Diamond, Jackson Browne, Marvin Gaye, Dolly Parton, Jennifer Warnes and James Taylor[2] Shortly after, Kellerman played Donette, an owner of a small-town-diner in the made-for-television film, The Wishing Well (2009).

The 2010's[edit]

In 2011, Kellerman starred opposite Ernest Borgnine and Mickey Rooney in Night Club (2011). Her performance as a woman with Alzheimer's disease living in a retirement home garnered an Accolade Competition Award for Best Supporting Actress.[58] Kellerman was not able to attend the awards ceremony and the film’s director, Sam Borowski accepted the award on her behalf:

"It needs to be said that Sally Kellerman took this role so seriously, she went to a real retirement home to research this role and my mom just passed from Alzheimer's six months ago. So the role that she is playing is very special to me. And having seen my mom in the last few years, I know that her performance is so very real, so very touching. This could be the prelude to an Oscar and I am not even kidding. Sally Kellerman is wonderful and she is a wonderful human being."[59]

The same year, she had a guest appearances in the CW teen drama series 90210 as the character 'Marla', an aging Hollywood actress with signs of dementia and thoughts of assisted suicide. During an interview for Life magazine in 1971, she recalls her television years:

"It took me eight years to get into TV—and six years to get out. Frigid women, alcoholics they gave me. I got beat up, raped, and never played comedy."[25]

July 7, 2012, Kellerman appeared on Biography Channel's television series, Celebrity Ghost Stories - Episode: "Tito Ortiz/Cary Elwes/Sally Kellerman/Drake Bell".

April 30, 2013, Kellerman released her memoir, Read My Lips: Stories of a Hollywood Life. The book was published by Weinstein Books. In the book, she reflects back on a close-knit, family-oriented Hollywood, that exists no more, as well as her triumphs and tribulations as a struggling actress in the 1960s.[60] In promotion of the memoir, Kellerman made several book signing appearances in metropolitan areas of the country: Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Manhattan, and Jersey City.[61][62]

May 10, 2013, Kellerman appeared as Marc Maron's mother in his comedy series, Maron - Episode "Dead Possum".

On July 16, 2013 Kellerman was honored with a Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) Lifetime Achievement Award at Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The ceremony included a montage of her work and an audience Q&A. The event was moderated by film historian Foster Hirsch.[63]

September, 2013, aspiring filmmaker Ellen Houlihan directed and wrote a short film titled Joan's Day Out. Kellerman was cast in the leading role – a grandmother who escapes from her assisted living facility to bail her teenage granddaughter out of prison.

In February 2014, Kelleman joined the Love Can Initiative, a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives low-income families and their children.[64]


Selected film credits[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1957 Reform School Girl Marcia motion picture debut
1965 The Third Day Holly Mitchell
1968 The Boston Strangler Diane Clunney
1969 The April Fools Phyllis Brubaker
1970 M*A*S*H Major Margaret "Hot Lips" O'Houlihan
Brewster McCloud Louise
1972 Last of the Red Hot Lovers Elaine
1973 A Reflection of Fear Anne
Slither Kitty Kopetzky
Lost Horizon Sally Hughes
1975 Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins Mackinley Beachwood
1976 The Big Bus Sybil Crane
Welcome to LA Ann Goode
1979 A Little Romance Kay King
1980 Foxes Mary
It Rained All Night the Day I Left The Colonel
Serial Martha
Loving Couples Mrs. Liggett
Head On Michelle Keys
1985 Moving Violations Judge Nedra Henderson
1986 Back to School Dr. Diane Turner
That's Life! Holly Parrish
Meatballs III: Summer Job Roxy Dujour
1987 Someone to Love Edith Helm
1993 Younger and Younger ZigZag Lilian
1994 Prêt-à-Porter Sissy Wanamaker
2005 Boynton Beach Club Sandy
2011 Night Club Dorothy
2014 A Place for Heroes Maureen

Selected television credits[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1964 The Outer Limits Judith Bellero Episode: "The Bellero Shield"
1966 Star Trek Dr. Elizabeth Dehner Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before"
1978 Great Performances Maureen Episode: "Verna: USO Girl"
She'll Be Sweet Veronica Stirling TV film
Centennial Lise Bockweiss TV miniseries
1980 Big Blonde Hazel TV film
1981 Saturday Night Live various Episode: "Sally Kellerman/Jimmy Cliff"
1983 Dempsey Maxine Cates TV film
September Gun Mama Queen TV film
1985 Secret Weapons Vera Malevich TV film
1992 Boris and Natasha: The Movie Natasha Fatale TV film
1996 The Naked Truth Felicia Dane Episodes: "Sisters in Sex Triangle with Gazillionaire!"
1997 Gun Frances Episode: "All the President's Women"
1998 Columbo Liz Houston Episode: "Ashes to Ashes"
2002 Verdict in Blood Judge Marcia Blackwell TV film
2006 The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman Herself Episode: "A Cult Classic"
2008 90210 Marla Templeton Episodes: "Nerdy Little Secrets" and "Women on the Verge"

Selected short film credits[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Joan's Day Out Joan

Selected voice credits[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1977 The Mouse and His Child The Seal
1985 Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird Miss Finch
1990 Happily Ever After Sunburn TV film
1992 Dinosaurs Pteranodon Episode: "Nature Calls"
2012 Unsupervised Principal Stark TV series
2013 The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Romaine Empress Episodes: "Marshmallow Wedding" and "Orange Julius Caesar"
High School USA! Dolores Barren Episodes: "Adoption", "Rumsprinabreakers" and "Sweet 16"

Source:"Sally Kellerman". IMDb. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 

Stage credits[edit]

Year Title Role Production Notes
n.d (1960's) An Enemy of the People n/a n/a Stage debut
1962 The Marriage-Go-Round n/a Pasadena Playhouse
Call Me By My Rightful Name n/a n/a
1966 Breakfast at Tiffany's Mag Wildwood Broadway
1983 Women Behind Bars Gloria n/a
1995 Mame Mame Maltz Jupiter Theatre
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Martha Hasty Pudding Theatricals
Lay of the Land n/a n/a
2000 The Vagina Monologues as herself Canon Theatre
2004 Teatro ZinZanni Madame ZinZanni Teatro ZinZanni
2005 The Wild Party Dolores Montoya Blank Theatre Company

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Work Award Category Result
1970 MASH KCFCC Award Best Supporting Actress Won
1971 MASH NSFC Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
MASH Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
MASH Golden Laurel Best Supporting Actress Won
MASH Academy Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
1980 It Rained All Night the Day I Left Genie Award n.a. Nominated
2004 The Susan B. Anthony "Failure is Impossible" Award Honoree (shared with actress Joan Allen and publicist Lois Smith) Won
2011 Night Club Award of Excellence Best Supporting Actress Won
2013 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival/Cinema Paradiso Lifetime Achievement Award[63] Won


  • Roll with the Feelin' (1972)
  • Sally (2009)


Kellerman, Sally (2013). Read My Lips: Stories of a Hollywood Life. Weinstein. ISBN 978-1-60286-167-1.


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