'M*A*S*H' Actress Kellye Nakahara Dies After Battle With Cancer

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Kellye Nakahara, an actress who played Lieutenant Nurse Kellye Yamato on "MASH", died on Sunday, her family told TMZ. "RIP Kellye Nakahara", one person said on Twitter. "During her time with cancer, she always received letters from fans and everyone who watched 'M*A*S*H, ' and she was always so shocked by all the love she received from those who loved Nurse Kellye". In fact, it's regarded as one of the show's most touching as well. In 1973, she was cast in her breakout role, originally as "Nurse #1", according to Heavy. "I loved the smell of the tents". After acting, she became a watercolor painter and opened a studio. Outside M*A*S*H, Kellye boasted a number of credits on other productions.

In addition to the classic army-medical series, which ran for ten years on CBS, Nakahara also acted in the 1985 film "Clue", the 1995 film "Black Day Blue Night", and the 1998 "Doctor Doolittle" film. In all, she appeared in 167 episodes.


The professional artist married David Wallett in 1968 and the couple had two kids together, the outlet reported. Her daughter, Nalani Coleman, also confirmed the news on her own Facebook page, writing, "My mom was my best friend". Early in her career, she sold her pieces through San Francisco's Polk Gallery. She passed away at home in Pasadena, California surrounded by family and she went peacefully. In 2008, she was invited to paint a Christmas Ornament to be displayed at the White House, later attending a dinner in Washington, D.C. with then-First Lady Laura Bush. She and her husband were active supporters of the Ronald McDonald House.

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