Alan Mercer
Sally Kellerman Credit: Alan Mercer

Sally Kellerman has had a long and storied showbiz career.

She nabbed an Oscar nomination for her performance as the iconic Margaret “Hot Lips” O’Houlihan in the 1970 movie M*A*S*H, and continues to act, with a role upcoming on the new IFC show Maron. She’s also a renowned singer, having earned her first record contract, with Verve Records, at the age of 18. Finally, she’s an author with a just-released autobiography, Read My Lips: Stories of a Hollywood Life.

On Wednesday, May 15, Kellerman will bring all of those talents to Vicky’s of Santa Fe, 45100 Club Drive in Indian Wells, for Sally Kellerman Live!, described in a news release as “an evening of intimate and laid back music and conversation presented in her own inimitable style, backed by a trio consisting of Andy Langham on piano, Lyman Medeiros on bass, and Dick Weller on drums.” The event begins with no-host cocktails at 5:30 p.m., with a special three-course prix-fixe dinner at 6; Kellerman’s show begins at 7:30. Afterward, she’ll sign copies of her new book. Tickets are $75; that includes tax, tip, the dinner and the show. For pre-paid reservations, call 760-345-9770; for more information on the show, visit

We asked Ms. Kellerman to answer The Lucky 13; her answers (or lack thereof) are below.

What was the first concert you attended?

I don’t have a clue. I do remember the first musical I ever saw, though. It was South Pacific by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

What was the first album you owned?

Nat King Cole.

What bands are you listening to right now?

I don’t listen to bands.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

I like all good music.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Cher, Bette Midler and Kenny Loggins.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?


What’s your favorite music venue?

Vicky’s of Santa Fe.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

There are too many to mention. Lyrics run a mile a minute in my head.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

The first time I heard Barbra Streisand sing. Janis Joplin.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

Rod Stewart: “What are you doing tonight?”

What song would you like played at your funeral?

I won’t be there, so I don’t care!

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

This isn’t possible to answer.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

Any of the songs on my current two CDs, Sally and Roll With the Feelin’. (Scroll down for a listen.)″

Jimmy Boegle is the founding editor and publisher of the Coachella Valley Independent. He is also the executive editor and publisher of the Reno News & Review in Reno, Nev. A native of Reno, the Dodgers...