Sally Kellerman

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Sally Kellerman
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Kellerman in The Third Day (1965)
Born Sally Claire Kellerman
(1937-06-02) June 2, 1937 (age 78)
Long Beach, California, US
Nationality American
Education Hollywood High School
Los Angeles City College
Actors Studio West
Occupation Actress, activist, author, film producer, singer, voice-over artist
Years active 1957–present
Notable work Back to School, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Brewster McCloud, MASH, Star Trek, The Outer Limits
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Religion Christian Science
Children Claire Kellerman
Hannah Krane
Jack Krane
Parent(s) Edith Vaughn
John Kellerman
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Sally Kellerman (born Sally Claire Kellerman June 2, 1937)[1] is an American actress, activist, author, producer, singer and voice-over artist.

Kellerman's acting career spans nearly 60 years, and her role as Major Margaret "Hot Lips" O'Houlihan in Robert Altman's film M*A*S*H (1970) earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. After MASH, she appeared in a number of the director's projects: the films Brewster McCloud (1970), Welcome to L.A. (1976), The Player (1992) and Prêt-à-Porter (1994), and the short-lived anthology TV series Gun (1997). In addition to her work with Altman, Kellerman has appeared in The Outer Limits (1965), Star Trek (1966), Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1972), Back to School (1986), The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman (2006), 90210 (2008), Chemistry (2011) and Maron (2013).

At age 18 Kellerman signed a recording contract with Verve Records, but her first album (Roll With the Feelin‍ '​) was not recorded until 1972. A second album, Sally, was released in 2009.[2] Kellerman also contributed songs to the soundtracks for Brewster McCloud (1970), Lost Horizon (1973), Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins (1975) and Boris and Natasha: The Movie (1992).

She has done commercial voice-over work for Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing, Mercedes-Benz and Revlon.[3] Kellerman's animation 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 she released her memoir, Read My Lips: Stories of a Hollywood Life, describing her trials and tribulations in the entertainment business.

Early life[edit]

Sally Claire Kellerman was born June 2, 1937 in Long Beach, California to Edith Baine (née Vaughn, 1911–1998), a piano teacher, and John "Jack" Helm Kellerman (1900–1971), a Shell Oil Company executive.[4] During her sophomore year of high school the Kellermans moved from San Fernando to Park La Brea, Los Angeles, where she attended Hollywood High School. Due to her shyness, Kellerman made few friends and received poor grades (except choir and physical education); however, she acted in a school production of Meet Me in St. Louis.[5] With the help of a high-school friend, Kellerman submitted a recording demo to Verve Records founder and head Norman Granz. After signing a contract with Verve, however, she was daunted by the task of becoming a recording artist and walked away.[6][7]

Kellerman enrolled in Jeff Corey's acting class.[8] Within a year, she appeared 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.[9] Towards the end of the 1950s, Kellerman joined the newly opened Actors Studio West[10][11] and debuted before the camera in the film, Reform School Girl (1957).[12] To pay her tuition, Kellerman worked as a waitress at Chez Paulette.[13]



The decade found Kellerman making a number of television-series appearances. Her first role was a waitress in the John Forsythe sitcom, Bachelor Father. Struggling for parts in television and films, Kellerman acted on stage. She debuted in Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People,[14] followed by parts in a Pasadena Playhouse production of Leslie Stevens's The Marriage-Go-Round and Michael Shurtleff's Call Me by My Rightful Name (1962).[15]

Woman and man, aiming a ray gun
Kellerman and William Shatner in "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (1966)

In 1964 Kellerman played Judith Bellero, the manipulative and ruthless wife of Richard Bellero (played by Martin Landau), in an episode of The Outer Limits entitled "The Bellero Shield". A role as Holly Mitchell, perverted mistress of George Peppard's character in The Third Day (1965), followed. She played leading lady to David Niven in his television series The Rogues in 1965 for an episode entitled "God Bless You, G. Carter Huntington" which revolved around her striking beauty to a large degree. A year later she played psychiatrist Elizabeth Dehner (who studied the long-term effects of space on a crew) in "Where No Man Has Gone Before", the second pilot for Star Trek. Three months later Kellerman played Mag Wildwood in the original Broadway production of Breakfast at Tiffany's, directed by Joseph Anthony and produced by David Merrick, which closed after four preview performances. Before the closing the musical numbers were recorded live, and she recorded three songs which appeared on the original cast recording.[16]

Near the end of the decade Kellerman played the severely-beaten (and only surviving) victim of Albert DeSalvo in the Boston Strangler (1968), and Phyllis Brubaker (Jack Lemmon's materialistic wife) in The April Fools (1969).[17] She turned down a role in Paul Mazursky's 1969 Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.[18] In a 1971 Life magazine interview, Kellerman remembered 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."[19]


Kellerman received her breakthrough role (Major Margaret "Hot Lips" O'Houlihan in Robert Altman's M*A*S*H) in 1970. After telling the director about the type of character she wanted to portray, she accepted the role of an army WAC:

"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 MASH.[20]

Her performance in M*A*S*H earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, winning the Kansas City Film Critics Circle (KCFCC) Award for Best Supporting Actress, the Golden Laurel for Best Comedy Performance (Female) and a second-place National Society of Film Critics (NSFC) Award for Best Supporting Actress.[21]

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[22]

Kellerman was featured in Life magazine.[23] She again collaborated with Altman in Brewster McCloud as Louise, guardian angel to Bud Cort, and recorded "Rock-A-Bye Baby" for the film's soundtrack.[24]

The actress' next role was a hostile, chain-smoking, sex-addicted woman who was trying to have an afternoon affair with Alan Arkin's character in Gene Saks's film adaptation of Neil Simon's comedy, Last of the Red Hot Lovers. Kellerman considered this among her best work:

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.[20][25]

In Manhattan after the film, Kellerman declined an offer for a ten-page spread in Vogue by former editor-in-chief Grace Mirabella.[20][26] When she turned down the part of Linda Rogo in The Poseidon Adventure (1972), Stella Stevens got the role.[27] Shortly afterwards she recorded her first demo with Lou Adler, and Roll With The Feelin for Decca Records with producer-arranger Gene Paige.[20] After filming Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Kellerman passed up a role in another 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.[28]

Her next roles included a woman involved in a deadly plot in the slasher film A Reflection of Fear; an eccentric woman in the road movie Slither opposite James Caan, and a tormented journalist in Charles Jarrott's musical remake of Frank Capra's Lost Horizon (also contributing to the latter's soundtrack). Two years later she played Mackinley Beachwood in Dick Richards' Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins, one of two women who kidnap driving instructor—and former United States Marine Corps gunnery sergeant—Rafferty (Alan Arkin), also singing "Honky Tonk Angels".[29]

In October 1975 Kellerman sang at Reno Sweeney,[30] and performed two shows nightly at the Rainbow Grill from November 25 to December 14.[31] Her next appearance was as Sybil Crane (a woman in the midst of a divorce) in The Big Bus, a parody of disaster films, followed by a role as a lonely real estate agent in the Alan Rudolph-directed and Altman-produced Welcome to L.A. (both 1976). The next year, Kellerman appeared in a week-long run of cabaret concerts beginning at the Grand Finale club on May 2. Songs that evening included versions of Leon Russell and Betty Everett hits.[32]

Later roles included Maureen, a veteran vaudevillian, in Verna: USO Girl (1978); Veronica Sterling, a party-addicted socialite, in the made-for-television film She'll Be Sweet (1978); and Lise Bockweiss—one of several wives of Pasquinel (Robert Conrad) and daughter of Herman Bockweiss (Raymond Burr)—in the 12-episode miniseries Centennial (1978–1979). Kellerman played Kay King, the pretentious and kooky mother of a lovelorn daughter (Diane Lane), in George Roy Hill's A Little Romance (1979).


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Kellerman at the 1979 premiere of The Rose

Kellerman began the decade as Mary, a divorced middle-aged suburban mother struggling to raise her rebellious daughter (Jodie Foster) in Adrian Lyne's Foxes (1980); Martha, a six-times-married eccentric, in Bill Persky's Serial, and the silly-but-sophisticated Mrs. Liggett in Jack Smight's Loving Couples. Later roles included Mary, a child psychiatrist in a sadomasochistic relationship with a psychology professor (Stephen Lackman) after they meet by accident (literally) in Michael Grant's Head On, and a 1920s socialite in Kirk Browning's made-for-television film adaptation of Dorothy Parker's 1929 short story Big Blonde (both 1980). From October 3 to November 15, 1980, Kellerman starred as Julia Seton in an Ahmanson Theatre production of Philip Barry's Holiday (directed by Robert Allan Ackerman) with Kevin Kline, Maurice Evans and Marisa Berenson.[33]

On February 7, 1981 the actress hosted Saturday Night Live, appearing in four sketches ("Monologue", "The Audition", "Was I Ever Red" and "Lean Acres") and closing the show with Donna Summer's "Starting Over Again".[34] Kellerman's next performances were in made-for-television films. She played the title character's first wife, Maxine Cates, in Dempsey and a honky-tonk dance-hall proprietress in September Gun. That year she also appeared in a stage production, Tom Eyen's R-rated spoof of 1940s women's prison films Women Behind Bars. Kellerman played Gloria, a tough inmate who controls the other prisoners.[35]

Her next roles were a KGB-training-school warden in the made-for-television film, Secret Weapons (1985); the sadomasochistic Judge Nedra Henderson in Moving Violations (1985); Rodney Dangerfield's love interest in Alan Metter's comedy Back to School (1986); Julie Andrews' and Jack Lemmon's eccentric neighbor in Blake Edwards' That's Life (1986); a porn star trying to get into heaven in Meatballs III: Summer Job (1986); Kerri Green's mother in Three for the Road (1987), and an actress in Henry Jaglom's Someone to Love. Late in the decade Kellerman planned to release her second album, which would have included "It's Good to Be Bad, It's Bad to Be Good" from 1992's Boris and Natasha: The Movie (which she produced and starred in as Natasha Fatale); however, the album was never released.[36]


1992 saw the fourth collaboration between Kellerman and Altman in The Player, where she appeared as herself. Supporting roles followed in Percy Adlon's Younger and Younger (1993) and Mirror, Mirror II: Raven Dance (1994), the sequel of the Yvonne De Carlo and Karen Black horror film Mirror, Mirror. The actress appeared in another Altman film (Prêt-à-Porter) as Sissy Wanamaker, editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar, with Tracey Ullman and Linda Hunt. During filming, Altman flew Kellerman and co-star Lauren Bacall from Paris for his tribute at Lincoln Center.[37] From April 18 to May 21, 1995, Kellerman played the title role in the Maltz Jupiter Theatre production of Mame.[38] Around this time, Kellerman appeared in back-to-back plays in Boston and Edmonton. In Boston she played Martha in the Hasty Pudding Theatricals production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and starred as Mary Jane Dankworth in a two-month, two-character production of Lay of the Land with Michael Hogan in Edmonton.[39] That year Kellerman planned to release her second album, Something Kool, featuring songs from the 1950s.[38]

In 1996 Kellerman played a calculating sister in an episode of The Naked Truth, "Sister in Sex Triangle with Gazillionaire!" A year later she collaborated with Altman for the last time in "All the President's Women", an episode of the director's TV series Gun. The actress then co-produced and reprised her Canadian stage role in a film version of The Lay of the Land. In 1997 Kellerman was scheduled to play the title role in Mrs. Scrooge: A Slightly Different Christmas Carol, a made-for-TV film version of Charles Dickens' novella. In the film, Mrs. Scrooge is a homophobic widow whose late partner (Jacob Marley) and three other spirits awaken her to the reality of AIDS. Although it was never released, the actress told a reporter for The Advocate why the project was more personal than professional: "My sister is gay—and was gay before it was popular. My sister is a very loving person. So is her girlfriend. And my daughter is an amazing woman. They’re all heroic in my book."[40]

Kellerman appeared in the 1998 Columbo episode, "Ashes to Ashes". On June 10, 1999, Kellerman joined actresses Kathleen Turner and Beverly Peele in a Planned Parenthood press conference supporting a proposed law introduced to the U.S. Congress.[41]


At the beginning of the century, Kellerman appeared in Canon Theatre's production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues with Teri Hatcher and Regina Taylor.[42] This was followed by a cabaret show at Feinstein's at the Regency, which opened with Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman". Other songs ranged from Barbra Streisand's "The Way We Were" to "We Shall Overcome" and "America the Beautiful".[43] In March 2002 Kellerman performed in Los Angeles' What a Pair, a benefit for breast-cancer research,[44] joining singer-songwriter Julia Fordham for "Why Can't I". That year, the actress also played protagonist Judge Marcia Blackwell in the made-for-television film Verdict in Blood. This was followed by another cabaret show, produced by Hal David, at the Palmdale Playhouse. Songs included Etta James' "Sunday Kind of Love" and "Long Way From St. Louis". An album (Body Parts) was planned, but never released.[45]

In the summer of 2004, Kellerman played host Madame ZinZanni in Teatro ZinZanni.[46][47] That year she also received the Susan B. Anthony "Failure is Impossible" Award, honoring women in the film industry who have overcome adversity, at the High Falls Film Festival.[48] Kellerman returned to the stage for a second What a Pair concert, joining actress Lauren Frost for "I'm Past My Prime".[49] The next year she played Dolores Montoya in Blank Theatre Company's Los Angeles revival of The Wild Party,[50] followed by the sexually-provocative Sandy in Susan Seidelman's Boynton Beach Club. Kellerman sang Cole Porter's "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" with actress, singer and songwriter Kathleen "Bird" York at her third (and final) What a Pair concert.[51] In 2006 the actress appeared as herself in the first episode of the IFC's The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman, "A Cult Classic".

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Kellerman at Robert Altman: Celebration of an American Icon in January 2010

In September 2008 Kellerman recorded a duet with Ray Brown, Jr. (son of Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Brown), "I Thought About You", for Brown's duet CD Friends and Family.[52] In 2009 Kellerman released a jazz and blues album, Sally, her first since Roll With The Feelin‍ '​. Sally featured interpretations of songs by Linda Ronstadt, Kim Carnes, Aerosmith, Nina Simone, the Motels, Neil Diamond, Jackson Browne, Marvin Gaye, Dolly Parton, Jennifer Warnes and James Taylor.[2] That year she also played Donette, owner of a small-town diner, in the made-for-television film The Wishing Well.


Kellerman starred with Ernest Borgnine and Mickey Rooney in Night Club (2011). Her performance as a woman with Alzheimer's disease living in a retirement home won an Accolade Competition Award for Best Supporting Actress.[53] Although Kellerman was unable to attend the awards ceremony, 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."[54]

That year she played a recurring role as Lola (an eccentric artist) in Cinemax's sexually-explicit comedy-drama series Chemistry, followed by a guest appearances on the CW teen drama series 90210 as Marla, an aging Hollywood actress with dementia who considers assisted suicide. On July 7, 2012, Kellerman appeared with Tito Ortiz, Cary Elwes and Drake Bell in an episode of the Biography Channel's Celebrity Ghost Stories. On April 30, 2013 the actress released her memoir, Read My Lips: Stories of a Hollywood Life, published by Weinstein Books. In the book, she remembers a close-knit, family-oriented past Hollywood and her triumphs and tribulations as an actress during the 1960s.[55] Kellerman made promotional book-signing appearances in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Manhattan and Jersey City.[56][57] Shortly afterwards, she appeared as Marc Maron's bohemian mother in the "Dead Possum" episode of his comedy series. Kellerman later received a Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) Lifetime Achievement Award at Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The ceremony, which included a montage of her work and an audience question-and-answer session, was moderated by film historian Foster Hirsch.[58] In September 2013 filmmaker Ellen Houlihan released a short film, Joan's Day Out, in which Kellerman played a grandmother who escapes from her assisted-living facility to bail her teenage granddaughter out of prison. The actress joined the Love Can Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of low-income families and their children, in February 2014.[59] Kellerman will return in the second-season Maron episode "Mom Situation",[60] and as part of an August 6, 2014 Epix Network documentary celebrating the life of Robert Altman.[61]

In October 2014, TVLine announced that Kellerman had been cast in the mysterious role of Constance Bingham on the CBS daytime soap opera, The Young and the Restless.[62] She'll first air in November 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Kellerman has an older sister, Diana Dean Kellerman; her younger sister, Victoria Vaughn (Vicky) Kellerman, died in infancy.[63] Her mother was a Christian Scientist from Portland, Arkansas,[64] and her father was from St. Louis, Missouri. When Kellerman was in fifth grade, the family moved to San Fernando, California.[65] During the 1960s Kellerman underwent a botched home abortion, and went to a hospital for the first time (due to her Christian Science upbringing).[66]

After the release of MASH, on December 17, 1970 Kellerman married Starsky & Hutch producer Rick Edelstein.[67] Anjanette Comer, Morgan Ames, Lisabeth Hush, Joanne Linville and Launa Anders were among her bridesmaids.[68]

On March 6, 1972 Kellerman divorced Edelstein, citing irreconcilable differences.[69] After the divorce Kellerman adopted her niece, Claire. Claire was the daughter of Kellerman's sister, Diana, who had come out at a time when it was considered unacceptable for homosexuals to raise children. When Diana moved to southern France, she left Claire in the care of Kellerman and Claire's father; when Claire's father died, Kellerman received full custody.[20]

On May 11, 1980, Kellerman married Jonathan D. Krane in a private ceremony at Jennifer Jones' Malibu home.[70] In 1989, they adopted newborn twins Jack and Hannah.[20]



Year Title Role Notes
1957 Reform School Girl Marcia
1962 Hands of a Stranger Sue
1965 The Third Day Holly Mitchell
1968 The Boston Strangler Dianne Cluney
1969 The April Fools Phyllis Brubaker
1970 M*A*S*H Major Margaret "Hot Lips" O'Houlihan WonKansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
WonGolden Laurel Award for Best Comedy Performance, Female
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
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 L.A. Ann Goode
1977 The Mouse and His Child The Seal (voice)
1979 A Little Romance Kay King
1980 Foxes Mary
It Rained All Night the Day I Left The Colonel Nominated—Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actress
Serial Martha
Loving Couples Mrs. Liggett
Head On Michelle Keys
1985 Moving Violations Judge Nedra Henderson
Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird Miss Finch (voice)
KGB: The Secret War Fran Simpson
1986 Back to School Dr. Diane Turner
That's Life! Holly Parrish
Meatballs III: Summer Job Roxy Dujour
1987 Three for the Road Blanche Kitteridge
Someone to Love Edith Helm
1988 You Can't Hurry Love Kelly Bones
Paramedics Dispatcher (voice)
1989 Secret of the Ice Cave, TheThe Secret of the Ice Cave Dr. Valerie Ostrow
All's Fair Florence
Limit Up Nightclub Singer
1990 Happily Ever After Sunburn (voice)
1993 Doppelganger Sister Jan
Younger and Younger ZigZag Lilian
Waiter, TheThe Waiter Teacher
1994 Mirror, Mirror 2: Raven Dance Roslyn
Prêt-à-Porter Sissy Wanamaker
1995 Point of Betrayal, TheThe Point of Betrayal Voice on TV (dream House)
1996 It's My Party Sara Hart
1997 Lay of the Land, TheThe Lay of the Land Mary Jane Dankworth
Maze, TheThe Maze Vivian
1999 Live Virgin Quaint
2001 Women of the Night Mary
2004 Open House Marjorie Milford
Ugly Gwen's Mother Short film
2005 Boynton Beach Club Sandy
2008 Delgo Narrator
2011 Night Club Dorothy WonAward of Excellence
2013 Joan's Day Out Joan Short film
2014 Reach Me Flo
Place for Heroes, AA Place for Heroes Maureen
His Neighbor Phil Bernadette post-production
Remake, TheThe Remake Aunt Peg filming


Year Title Role Notes
1960 Bachelor Father Waitress Episode: "Kelly and the College Man" (1960)
1961 Lock-Up Cubbie Borden Episode: "His Brother Keeper" (1961)
Surfside 6 Roxy Episode: "Invitation to a Party" (1961)
1962 Cheyenne'' Lottie Durango Episode: "The Durango Brothers" (1962)
1963 Twilight Zone Office Worker (Uncredited) Episode: "Miniature" (1963)
I'm Dickens, He's Fenster Margo Carlyle Episode: "The Bet" (1963)
The Lloyd Bridges Show Sally Episode: "The Sheridan Square" (1963)
The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" Miss Winters Episode: "Decorating David's Office" (1963)
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Amelia Episode: "The Call of the Like Wild" (1963)
My Three Sons Helga Willumsen Episode: "Steve and the Viking" (1963)
The Outer Limits Judith Bellero / Ingrid Larkin Episodes: "The Human Factor" (1963)... Ingrid Larkin
"The Bellero Shield" (1964)... Judith Bellero
1964 The Movie Maker TV film
The Greatest Show on Earth Judith Episode: "This Train Don't Stop Till It Gets There" (1964)
Slattery's People Della Murphy Episode: "Question: What Are You Doing Out There, Waldo?" (1964)
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Sister Margaret / Jerrie Episodes: - "Parties to the Crime" (1964) ... Sister Margaret
"A Slow Fade to Black" (1964) ... Jerrie
Twelve O'Clock High' Lt. Libby MacAndrews Episodes: "The Men and the Boys" (1964)
"Those Who Are About to Die" (1965)
1965 The Rogues Ilsa Huntington Episode: "Bless You, G. Carter Huntington" (1965)
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Sally Benner Episode: "Thou Still Unravished Bride" (1965)
Kraft Suspense Theatre Jean Severin Episode: "Connery's Hands" (1965)
Seaway Aline Svenson Episode: "Bonhomme Richard"
Ben Casey Barbara Ames / Elaine Stone Episodes: "The Bark of a Three-Headed Hound" (1964) ... Elaine Stone
"You Wanna Know What Really Goes on in a Hospital?" (1965) ... Barbara Ames
1966 A Man Called Shenandoah Phil Bartlett Episode: "Run, Killer, Run" (1966)
The Legend of Jesse James Kate Mason Episode: "The Lonely Place" (1966)
I Spy Angela Episode: "My Mother, the Spy" (1966)
Star Trek Dr. Elizabeth Dehner Episode: "Where No Man Has Gone Before"
That Girl Sandy Stafford Episode: "Break a Leg" (1966)
1967 T.H.E. Cat Maya Leandro Episode: "Matter Over Mind" (1967)
Tarzan Ilona Episode: "The Circus" (1967)
Insight Ellen Episode: "The Thousand-Mile Journey" (1967)
Coronet Blue Polly Episode: "The Flip Side of Timmy Devon" (1967)
Dundee and the Culhane Cynthia Episode: "The Dead Man's Brief" (1967)
The Invaders Laura Crowell Episode: "Labyrinth" (1967)
1968 Premiere Liz Higher Episode: "Higher and Higher" (1968)
1969 It Takes a Thief Nina Gray Episode: " The Naked Billionaire" (1969)
Hawaii Five-O Eleanor Kalakua Episode: "The Big Kahuna" (1969)
Mannix Diana Walker Episode: "The Solid Gold Web" (1969)
1970 Bonanza Lotta Crabtree / Kathleen Walker Episodes: - "A Dollar's Worth of Trouble" (1966) ... Kathleen Walker
"Return Engagement" (1970) ... Lotta Crabtree
1978 Great Performances Maureen Episode: "Verna: USO Girl" (1978)
She'll Be Sweet Veronica Stirling TV film
Centennial Lise Bockweiss TV miniseries
1980 Big Blonde Hazel TV film
1981 Saturday Night Live Herself Appeared as Host on February 7, 1981
1982 For Lover's Only Emmy Pugh TV Film
1983 CBS Children's Mystery Theatre Zoe Episode: "Dirkham Detective Agency" (1983)
Faerie Tale Theatre Queen Natasha / Queen Farrah Episode: "Sleeping Beauty" (1983)
Dempsey Maxine Cates TV film
September Gun Mama Queen TV film
1984 Hotel Lauren Webb Episode: "Lifelines" (1984)
1985 Secret Weapons Vera Malevich TV film
Murder Among Friends TV film
1986 Tall Tales & Legends Lucy Episode: "Ponce de Leon" (1986)
1988 CBS Summer Playhouse Dr. Amy Hunter Episode: "Dr. Paradise"
1990 The Ray Bradbury Theatre Clara Goodwater Episode: "Exorcism" (1990)
Evening Shade Shelley Darling Episode: "Hooray for Wood" (1990)
1991 Victim of Beauty Evelyn Ash TV film
1992 Boris and Natasha: The Movie Natasha Fatale TV film
Dinosaurs Pteranodon Episode: "Nature Calls" (1992)
1993 Murder, She Wrote Junie Cobb Episode: "The Petrified Florist" (1993)
1994 Dream On Tracy Episode: "Blinded by the Cheese" (1994)
1995 Burke's Law Joyce Dowling Episode: "Who Killed Mr. Game Show?" (1995)
P.C.H. Counsellor TV film
1996 High Society Frederica Episode: "Nip and Tuck" (1996)
The Naked Truth Felicia Dane Episode: "Sisters in Sex Triangle with Gazillionaire!" (1996)
Touched by an Angel Aunt Augusta Episode: "Something Blue" (1996)
1997 Ink Birdie Tannen Episode: "The Debutante" (1997)
Gun Frances Episode: "All the President's Women" (1997)
1998 Diagnosis Murder Adele Botsford / Irene Stanton Episodes: "Woman Trouble" (1994) ... Irene Stanton
"Drill for Death" (1998) ... Adele Botsford
Columbo Liz Houston Episode: "Ashes to Ashes" (1998)
Ancient Graves: Voices of the Dead Narrator TV film
1999 Norm Kim Episode: "Norm vs. Denby" (1999)
The Noble Horse Narrator TV film
2000 Bar Hopping Cassandra TV film
2002 Verdict in Blood Judge Marcia Blackwell TV film
In-Laws Sabrina Episode: "If You Can't Stand the Heat" (2002)
Providence Nora Frank Episodes: "Cloak & Dagger" (2002)
"The Eleventh Hour" (2002)
2007 Masters of Science Fiction The Watchbird TV miniseries
Episode: "The Watchbird" (2007)
2009 The Wishing Well Donette TV film
2011 Law & Order: LA Landlady Episode: "Reseda" (2011)
90210 Marla Templeton Episodes: "Nerdy Little Secrets" (2011)
"Women on the Verge" (2011)
Chemistry Lola TV series
2012 Unsupervised Principal Stark (voice) TV series
2013 Workaholics Peggy Episode: "The Worst Generation"
The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Romaine Empress / Marshmallow Queen Episodes: "Marshmallow Wedding" (2013)... Marshmallow Queen (voice)
"Orange Julius Caesar" (2013)... Romaine Empress (voice)
Deadtime Stories Episode: "Little Magic Shop of Horrors" (2013)
High School USA! Dolores Barren Episodes: "Adoption" (2013)
"Rumsprinabreakers" (2013)
"Sweet 16" (2013)
2014 Maron Toni Maron Episodes: "Dead Possum" (2013)
"Mom Situation" (2014)
The Young and the Restless Constance Bingham TV Series: First appearance in Nov 2013.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Work Award Category Result
1970 M*A*S*H KCFCC Award Best Supporting Actress Won
1971 M*A*S*H NSFC Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
M*A*S*H Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
M*A*S*H Golden Laurel Best Supporting Actress Won
M*A*S*H 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[58] Won

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


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



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