“Hot Lips” Houlihan is in the House – An Interview with Loretta Swit

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“Hot Lips” Houlihan is in the House - An Interview with Loretta Swit

Our guest on this episode of The Three Tomatoes Happy Hour is Loretta Swit, who played the iconic Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan, on M*A*S*H, and what a delight she is. She was nominated for 10 Emmys for her role as Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan and won two Emmys. And while you know her as an incredible actress, you may not know about that she is also an accomplished artist and an animal rights activist. We talked about her incredibly beautiful book SwitHeart that features her extraordinary watercolors, and the proceeds from the book go to her nonprofit, Switheart Animal Alliance, which donates funds to various animal rights groups with a focus these days on military service dogs. And of course, we talked to her about M*A*S*H. It’s a great episode.

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Here are a few highlights of our conversation:

“Hot Lips” Houlihan is in the House, The Three Tomatoes Happy Hour Podcast
  • Loretta is a passionate animal rights activist and non-profit, Switheart Animal Alliance, helps various animal groups. Her current focus is on military service dogs, bringing them home from, and reuniting them with when they can with the human military companions. She is working with Paws for Purple Hearts and Mission K9 Rescue.  
“Hot Lips” Houlihan is in the House, The Three Tomatoes Happy Hour Podcast
  • The proceeds from her beautiful book of watercolors, Switheart: The Watercolour Artistry & Animal Activism of Loretta Swit, go to help animals.
  • She started painting at the age of 8
  • M*A*S*H has never been off the air.
  • The cast is not just friends, they are a family.
  • How she helped develop the role of Margaret Houlihan and how she came to be a strong role model for women and girls
  • Lessons from Hot Lips and Loretta to women, “You don’t need a man to complete you….you are enough.”


  • The tomato behind The Three Tomatoes. Cheryl Benton, aka the “head tomato” is founder and publisher of The Three Tomatoes, a digital lifestyle magazine for “women who aren’t kids”. Having lived and worked for many years in New York City, the land of size zero twenty-somethings, she was truly starting to feel like an invisible woman. She created The Three Tomatoes just for the fun of it as the antidote for invisibility and sent it to 60 friends. Today she has thousands of friends and is chief cheerleader for smart, savvy women who want to live their lives fully at every age and every stage. She is the author of the novel, "Can You See Us Now?" and co-author of a humorous books of quips, "Martini Wisdom." Because she's lived a long time, her full bio won't fit here. If you want the "blah, blah, blah", read more. www.thethreetomatoes.com/about-the-head-tomato

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