Veteran actress Sally Kellerman has died at the age of 84. Her son, Jack Krane, told The Hollywood Reporter that she passed away on Feb. 24 at an assisted care facility in Woodland Hills after a battle with dementia. Although perhaps best known for her Oscar-nominated role of Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in Robert Altman’s film M*A*S*H, soap fans will remember her for her brief turn as Constance Bingham on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS.
Kellerman began her career with memorable turns on television series like THE OUTER LIMITS, ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR, STAR TREK, and THE INVADERS. Following her breakthrough role in M*A*S*H, she starred in films such as Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Slither, Lost Horizon, Foxes, Back to School, That’s Life, and You Can’t Hurry Love.
In 2014, Kellerman was cast on Y&R as Constance Bingham, an elderly wheelchair-bound woman who was caring for a man she believed to be her grandson, Gabriel. However, the young man was actually the presumed-dead Adam Newman having undergone facial reconstructive surgery and stolen Gabriel’s identity. As Constance later lay dying, she revealed that Gabriel’s father committed suicide after Victor Newman staged a hostile takeover of his company, and urged her grandson to avenge his father’s death. However, as she passed, she saw Gabriel in the light and realized Adam wasn’t who he was claiming to be.
Kellerman made an additional appearance on the soap in 2016 when she appeared to Adam in a dream after he’d been framed by Victor for poisoning her. She also received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series in 2015 for her work on the CBS sudser.
Our thoughts are with Kellerman’s friends and loved ones during this difficult time.