M*A*S*H themed party a smash

Loretta Swit with M*A*S*H jeep at entrance to the FLIFF party at Villa De Palma in Fort Lauderdale.
Loretta Swit with M*A*S*H jeep at entrance to the FLIFF party at Villa De Palma in Fort Lauderdale.

Loretta Swit, aka “Hot Lips” Houlihan on the beloved TV show M*A*S*H, spoke to Local 10 news anchor Kristi Krueger on Veterans Day about Never The Same: The Prisoner of War Experience. Swit narrates the documentary about American prisoners of Imperial Japan during World War II. “It’s uplifting, spiritual and about the resilience of the human spirit,” the actress, 78, told Krueger. “And how human beings can triumph over the most extreme adversity.”

The movie premiered earlier in the day as part of The International Film Festival of Fort Lauderdale at Cinema Paradiso. A few hours later, FLIFF VIPs were shuttled to the Villa De Palma event space nearby.

Guests knew something interesting was up when fog started rising outside the theater at about 8:15 p.m. Shortly after, a chopper made several (loud) passes above. Inside, a model posed on a stretcher that served as a sushi bar; many attendees were dressed in camouflage or as doctors, nurses or their favorite M*A*S*H characters, e.g., Hawkeye, Klinger and Major (Charles) Winchester III. Talk about a blast from the past.

If you missed the screening, Swit is set to introduce the film at the St. Augustine Film Festival Jan. 30.


She was rocking a bump in a bikini in Miami Beach just a week or so ago and now Karolina Kurkova is a mother of two. The local model, 31, gave birth to a “healthy, beautiful baby boy” with her husband, former Marine Archie Drury, her rep confirms to People. The newborn, name as yet unknown, joins “ecstatic” brother, Tobin, 6.


There are worse people with whom you could spend your Saturday night. Miami Heat style setter Dwyane Wade will host A Night on the RunWade Presented by Carnival Foundation and Carnival Corporation at 8 p.m. at The Ice Palace Studios, 59 NW 14th St. The event will be emceed by E! News host Terrence J and will include a runway show and interactive model presentations featuring fall’s latest trends by DSQUARED2 and Hublot, the pricey watch company for whom Wade serves as brand ambassador.

“Fashion is my passion and I look forward to continuing to bring the energy and excitement of runways shows to Miami,” said Wade. “We are all in for an exciting fashion and culinary experience that will not disappoint.” General admission tickets, $250:

Lesley Abravanel contributed to this report.