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'M*A*S*H' Star Kellye Nakahara Wallett Dead At 72

The film and television actress was best known for playing Lt. Nurse Kellye Yamato on the hit TV sitcom.
Kellye Nakahara Wallet speaks onstage at the 7th Annual TV Land Awards held in 2009.
Kellye Nakahara Wallet speaks onstage at the 7th Annual TV Land Awards held in 2009.

NEW YORK (AP) — Kellye Nakahara Wallett, a film and television actress best known for playing Lt. Nurse Kellye Yamato on “M*A*S*H,” has died at age 72.

Son William Wallett told The Associated Press that Wallett died Sunday after a brief battle with cancer. She was at her home in Pasadena, California, surrounded by family and friends.

A native of O’ahu, Hawaii who was listed as Kellye Nakahara while in “M-A-S-H,” Wallett also appeared in the film “Clue” and in John Hughes’ “She’s Having a Baby.” More recently, she worked as a watercolor artist and was involved in the local arts community. She is survived by her husband, David Wallett; two children and four grandchildren.

“M*A*S*H,” the acclaimed sitcom set during the Korean War, ran from 1972-83. Nurse Kellye carries a secret crush on the show’s major character, the womanizing surgeon Hawkeye Pierce, played by Alan Alda. In a memorable scene, Kellye reveals her feelings, scolding Hawkeye for having his “eyes ... on every nurse” except her.

Fans and colleagues who learned of her death left tributes on social media:

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