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Kellye Nakahara

Kellye Nakahara, Beloved 'MA*SH' Star, Has Died

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By Jennifer Vaughn

Kellye Nakahara Wallet was most well-known for her roles in Clue, MASH, and Dr. Doolittle. Fox News confirmed that she died after a short battle with cancer today, February 17, 2020, at the age of 72. She was surrounded by friends and family at the time of her death.

MASH is a well- known television show that aired from the early 1970s to the early 1980s. Nakahara played Nurse Kellye Yamato for the entire duration of the show's taping. In addition to acting, Kellye accomplished much more in her life.

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As stated at the beginning of this article, Nakahara was known for much more than her role on MASH. She was a watercolor artist, and she also spent time volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House where she painted for the children.

Kellye Wallett Studio has a website where fans of Kellye's art can purchase prints. The paintings shown online focus on depicting beautiful scenes in nature. She also painted a work titled "The Wedding Dress" that beautifully shows the moments before a bride's wedding day. The idea for the painting came when Kellye passed by a store's window in Old Pasadena.

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Nakahara also had parts in 'The Wild Thornberries' and 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch.' These are more well-known television shows for those that did not experience the 1980s first-hand and for those that the 1990s is now known as 'vintage.'

Still, MASH and Nakahara's contribution to the show are worth noting and watching. The show is also currently streaming on Hulu.

Grab a bowl of popcorn and watch the show that made a name for Nakahara in addition to her beautiful paintings. You won't be disappointed.

Kellye Nakahara
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In 2009, Nakahara also won the TV Land Impact Award. The MASH series finale is the most-watched television episode in history. It has ratings that surpass that of the Super Bowl.

MASH was set during the Korean War, and Nurse Kellye has a major crush on the main character, a surgeon named Hawkeye Pierce. She portrays a relatable character when the surgeon notices seemingly EVERY nurse around but her. His lack of attention does not bother her or her confident nature.

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In the show, Nurse Kellye tells Hawkeye: 'I happen to have a fantastic sense of humor, a bubbly personality and I am warm and sensitive like you wouldn't believe. I also sing and play the guitar and I'm learning to tap dance. And on top of all that, I happen to be cute as hell.'

Yes queen! You tell him. While we know this is scripted, in the 1970s, Kellye portrayed what every woman needs: Confidence. Her character is a role model that is fitting to women in 2020.

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