Hot Lips Houlihan, Nurse Extraordinaire!

By Rebeka Knott

Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan, was the nurse in charge of the famous 4077th. It probably goes without saying that the 4077th refers to the mobile army surgical hospital unit on the hit television show M*A*S*H. The show told a story from the perspective of the medical personnel who were reminded daily of the casualties of war. Hot Lips was, unlike some of the other medical staff, an officer in the Army. Some of the others were there as civilians participating in the war effort.

Because of the changing climate in America at the time, M*A*S*H was very successful and aired for 11 seasons. Loretta Swit’s contribution to the show was impressive to say the least. Swit, however, claims that the character of Hot Lips couldn’t be more contradictory to the person she really is.