Star Trek original series and M*A*S*H movie actress Sally Kellerman has died at the age of 84 at her home in Woodland Hills, California, her daughter announced.

Kellerman starred in the second pilot shot and aired in 1966 for the original Star Trek series “Where No Man Has Gone Before” as Dr. Elizabeth Dehner. In the episode, written by Samuel A. Peeples, helmsman Gary Mitchell (played by Gary Lockwood and psychiatrist Elizabeth Dehner are adversely affected when the Enterprise hits a strange energy field at the edge of the galaxy. Nine crew members with higher than average ESPer ratings die as a result of this galactic barrier. Two crew members with the highest ESPer ratings, Mitchell and Dehner, gain great psionic powers, but not the increased wisdom or morality to deal with these powers responsibly.

Gary Lockwood & Sally Kellerman {image via Paramount}

Other Roles

After Star Trek, her best known roles were as Hot Lips Houlihan in the movie Version of M*A*S*H (1970) and Constance Bingham in The Young and the Restless. (Loretta Swit played the role of Nurse Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan the M*A*S*H TV series). She has had several recurring roles in various TV shows. She was Toni Maron in Maro. She played Janet Davidson in Decker. Kellerman voiced Principal Stark in the animated series Unsupervised.

American actress Sally Kellerman was born June 2, 1937 in Malibu Beach, California, USA. She died February 24, 2022 in Woodland Hills, CA. She was married to producer Jonathan D. Krane in 1980; they remained together until his death in 2016. She is survived by her daughter Claire and her son Jack. Hannah V. Krane predeceased her in 2016. Her career as a performer began in 1947, and her final role was as Cleo in the TV series Sammy in 2021.

Sally Kellerman, the Singer

Sally Kellerman was a singer as well as an actress. She can be heard on the soundtracks of Boris and Natasha: The Movie (1992), Brewster McCloud (1970), Lost Horizon (1973) Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins(1975). She signed a recording contract when she was only eighteen, but her first album, “Rollin’ with the Feeling” was not released until 1972. Her second album, “Sally” was released in 2009.

Geek Cred

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Before guest starring in Star Trek, she appeared in an episode of Twilight Zone in 1963. In addition to starring in “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” Sally Kellerman appeared in one episode of The Invaders in 1968. She appeared in two episodes of The Outer Limits in 1963 and 1964. In 1965, she was in one episode each of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and Kraft Suspense Theatre. In 1990 she appeared in an episode of Ray Bradbury Theater. In 1992 she voiced a Pteranodon in one episode of Dinosaurs.

She also starred in the horror movie Mirror Mirror 2: Raven Dance (1994) with Roddy McDowell (Cornelius in Planet of the Apes (1968)) and Mark Ruffalo (Hulk in (The Avengers (2012)). Sally Kellerman co-starred in Slither (1973). She starred as Natasha Fatale in the live-action Boris and Natasha: the Movie (1992).

Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad wrote the pop hit single “Sally” for her.

Awards and Nominations

Sally Kellerman received six nominations for her performance as Hot Lips Houlihan in M*A*S*H. She was nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe, the NSFC Award. She won the Golden Laurel and the KCFCC Award. She was nominated an Emmy for her role on The Young and the Restless, and also received a nomination for the Genie Award for Best Foreign Actress in It Rained All Night the Day I Left(1980).

Our deepwst condolences to her daughter Claire and her son Jack. May her memory be a blessing.

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Susan Macdonald
Susan Macdonald

Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as short stories in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, “Supernatural Colorado”, “Barbarian Crowns”, “Cat Tails””Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on SCIFI.radio’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions,  Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.