Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Loretta Swit, Legendary Actress, Artist and Animal Welfare Activist
About Harvey's guest:
Today’s special guest is Loretta Swit, legendary actress, artist, humanitarian and animal welfare activist who rose to international acclaim for her iconic portrayal of quick-witted, sensuous, and yet sensitive Major Margaret “Hotlips” Houlihan for 11 seasons on the most honoured television series of all time, MASH, for which she won 2 Emmy awards.
She’s also known for her performances on stage in “The Odd Couple”, “Same Time Next Year”, “Mame”, “Shirley Valentine”, “The Vagina Monologues” and many more. She starred in many TV movies including “Hell Hath No Fury”, “The Hostage Heart”, “Mirror Mirror”, “A Killer Among Friends”, THREE Christmas movies, and my all-time favourite, “The Execution”. Her wildlife series, “Those Incredible Animals”, was shown twice weekly on the Discovery Channel for an amazing 5-year run, and aired in over 30 countries. She’s worked with everyone from Susan Hayward to Julie Andrews, Cliff Robertson, Patty Duke, James Caan, Alan Arkin and of course, the beloved cast of MASH. Her list of accolades is staggering.
She’s received a People’s Choice Award, The Genie Award, The Silver Satellite Award, The Sarah Siddons Award, The Jean Golden Halo Award, the Pacific Broadcasters Award, 10 Emmy nominations and 2 Emmy awards, 4 Golden Globe nominations, AND she most recently received her THIRD Lifetime Achievement Award. And for her animal activism, she’s been named Woman of the Year by both the Animal Protection Institute and the International Fund For Animal Welfare.
She’s received the Advocate for Farm Animals Award, the Compassion in Action Award, the Westminster Animal Welfare & Leadership Award; the International Red Cross Humanitarian Award, the Global Wildlife Conservation Champion Award, and The Betty White Award from Actors and Others for Animals.
And if that weren’t enough, she’s an extremely gifted artist, and most recently, she’s released a book entitled, “SwitHeart: The Watercolour Artistry & Animal Activism of Loretta Swit”, chronicling her work as an artist and activist. AND, she’s released her wonderful new fragrance called “Swit-heart”. Proceeds from the sale of her book go to her non-profit foundation, the “Swit-heart Animal Alliance.” And the perfume is ONLY available to people who donate to the Foundation, with all proceeds going to the all-important cause of ending animal neglect, suffering and cruelty.
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