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Loretta Swit, Rich Little to Discuss New Books at Santa Monica Library  

Convention and Visitors Bureau Santa Monica

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By Lookout Staff

January 11, 2016 -- Two stars of 1970s television -- comedian Rich Little and actress Loretta Swit -- will discuss their new books this month at the Santa Monica Library, officials announced.

Swit's role as “Hot Lips” Houlihan on the popular sitcom M*A*S*H made her a sex symbol during the swinging seventies, while Little's impersonations of President Richard Nixon were staples of late-night television.
Picure of Loretta Swit

An accomplished water colorist, Swit, who won two Emmy Awards as Major Frank Burns' love interest on M*A*S*H, will discuss her new book "Switheart"
on Tuesday, January 17, at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium.

The book showcases her art work and "highlights her acting career and her ongoing role as an animal rights activist," event organizers said.

Publicity shot for M*A*S*H (Courtesy of Twntieth Century Fox Television)

Swit fought to have her character in M*A*S*H develop, she told the London Daily Express last year.

“I wanted her to grow, get married and divorced, and have a vibrant character," she said. "The writers liked her just the way she was but I insisted that she evolve and thankfully they listened.” 

Little, who is best known for his uncanny caricature of a president struggling to maintain power, will discuss his new book, "Little by Little: People I’ve Known and Been," on Monday, January 23, at 6 p.m. in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium.

"Since his American television debut on The Judy Garland Show in 1964, (Little) has had audiences howling with laughter over his wry political satire and spot-on impressions of hundreds of notable figures," event organizers said.

In his new book, "Little by Little," features "hilarious glimpses and stories about some of the many famous people he’s met and imitated over the years and offers funny tales from his lifetime in entertainment," organizers said.

Rich Little gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1983.(Courtesy Canadian Press Images)

Rich Little on Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1983
In 1965, Little provided the voice for the Pink Panther in "Sink Pink" and "Pink Ice," two experimental cartoons released in 1965.

He appeared on popular sixties television shows -- including "That Girl," "The Flying Nun" and "Petticoat Junction" -- before becoming a major star thanks to his frequent appearances on the "Tonight Show," where his uncanny imitations of host Johnny Carson delighted his legendary host.

A book sale and signing provided by Larry Edmunds Bookstore will follow the programs, which are free and open to all ages.

Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week befoe the event.

The Main Library is served by Big Blue Bus routes 1, 7, R7, R10 and 18 and provides bicycle parking racks.


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