According to Loretta's mother, she won her first art prize when she was six years old.
Despite several jokes on M*A*S*H that would suggest the opposite, Loretta is a natural blonde.
Loretta trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
In the 1970s, Loretta was known for her long nails.
Loretta is a vegetarian.
Loretta was reunited with M*A*S*H co-star Harry Morgan in the 1988 TV-movie, 14 Going on 30.
Loretta appeared in the 1985 movie, Beer.
Loretta has her own line of jewelry.
She laughed off tabloid rumors of an affair with Alan Alda in an interview with "Good Housekeeping" magazine just after the show ended.
Loretta appeared in a Grey's Anatomy skit at The Fourth Annual TV Land Awards.
Loretta once owned her own Ms. Pac-Man arcade machine.
In 1991, Loretta won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in the Chicago theater.
In 1981, Loretta starred as Chris Cagney in the pilot episode of Cagney and Lacey, but couldn't get out of her M*A*S*H contract, so the role eventually went to Sharon Gless.
Loretta is 5'6" tall.
In 1983, Swit married Dennis Holahan, only to get divorced in 1992.
Besides winning two Emmy Awards for M*A*S*H, she also received three People's Choice Awards for the show.
Swit wrote a book on needlepoint, called Needlepoint Scrapbook.
Swit's mother had wanted her to pursue a different career, but Swit would not give up the chance to live a life of fame.
Swit's agents had suggested that she get a nose job back when she began her acting career.
Swit narrated a documentary on Korea, called "Korea, the Forgotten War."
Besides being a famous actress, Swit is also a talented singer and dancer.
Swit made her stage debut in the play Any Wednesday.
Swit was the first M*A*S*H cast member to actually visit Korea.
Swit recieved her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1989.
Swit had almost left M*A*S*H during it's eighth season, but her contract prevented her from doing so.
Swit's acting career began when she guest starred on the TV show Hawaii Five-O.
Swit was the hostess of the Miss Wyoming Pageant in June of 1999.
Swit won two Emmy Awards for M*A*S*H, both being for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
Swit was one of only four cast members to appear in all eleven seasons of M*A*S*H.
Loretta: I do what I do because I love it. I am at peace with it and I have found my niche.
Loretta: I am away from it. That perception is the audience's or the world's, not mine. Margaret was just another character for me.
Loretta: I don't eat or wear animals, but I never tell people not to...that's just my view.
Loretta: I mean, certain things had to remain the same. She had to remain one of the antagonists because that was the structure of the show. In the second season, we saw for the first time that she was unhappy with Frank and wanted more from her life. Then around the third or fourth year, in an episode called "The Nurses", Hot Lips gave the nurses a speech telling them how lonely she was because she was in charge and that's the way it was, so she couldn't really have any friends. Her marriage and her divorce changed her. Her affair with Hawkeye in "Comrades in Arms" changed both characters, so that they were never really rivals again.
Loretta: Sometimes I would get letters from nurses saying how grateful they were that a nurse was finally being portrayed as a person, a caring human being. As far as the audience was concerned, I think it identifies with at least one or two or maybe all of us. We have become people to them and never caricatures. We're very real to them.
Loretta: I just can't wait to get out there on stage. There's no anxiety at all. I love being able to take this journey with the audience, because we all have a ball with it-- even if we're crying.
Loretta: Hot Lips changed a lot in eleven years. Initially Margaret Houlihan behaved as though a man were the only thing that could complete her life, and she didn't see what richness her life contained. She gained a lot of self-esteem through the years, and she came to realize that what she did, what she offered, was valuable. To oversimplify it, I took each traumatic change that happened in her life and kept it. I didn't discard anything. I didn't go on into the next episode as if it were a different character in a different play. She was a character in constant flux. She never stopped developing.
Loretta: M*A*S*H offered real characters and everybody identified with them because they had such soul. The humor was intelligent and it always assumed that you had an intellect.
Loretta: So much of life is luck. One day you make a right turn and get hit by a car. Turn left and you meet the love of your life. I think I made the correct turn.
Loretta: It wasn't so much that I was alone on stage, but it was the realization of how much you need the response...you need the audience to tell you where to go.