Kathy Denny Fradella Confirms She’s the Brunette in the Opening Credits

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This past January I wrote about the identity of the brunette running in the front of the nurses during the opening credits of M*A*S*H. You can read all about the “running nurses” here (two are still unidentified). Back in 1978 someone wrote to the TV Talkback section of The Los Angeles Times asking about this nurse. The paper couldn’t answer the question but a few weeks later the actress in question wrote in and identified herself as Kathy Denny Fradella.

Kathy Denny Fradella Leading the Running Nurses

Kathy Denny Fradella Leading the “Running Nurses”

A few days ago Kathy e-mailed me to confirm that she was indeed the running nurse at the front of the pack. Here’s what she had to say:

Hello my name is Kathy Fradella (Baker) I am the brunette nurse that runs in the front during the opening credits of mash. I stumbled across your website and thought I would comment,just in case you still thought it was Michele Lee. I worked on the show as an extra the first season. I went on to do stunt work and small bit parts as an actress. I am still living in Southern California. Since Mash I have married and had two children (grown up now).
I am no longer working in the film industry.
I hope this solves the puzzle.
Thank You!
Kathy (Mystery Nurse)

So that mystery is finally solved for good. A big thank you to Kathy for taking the time to e-mail me.

70 Replies to “Kathy Denny Fradella Confirms She’s the Brunette in the Opening Credits”

  1. WOW HOW AWESOME TO FINALLY GET TO LEARN
    [ KATHY DENNY FRADELLA (BAKER) NAME ] ……
    SHE WAZ MY (TEENAGE CRUSH) THRU’OUT THE
    ( 1970’s) OF THE “M*A*S*H” SHOW…..
    FROM PITTSBURGH Pa …..
    YOU STILL MAKE MY HEART SKIP A BEAT !!!!
    WHEN I SEE YOU IN (M*A*S*H – RERUNS) ……..

  2. Stunning goddess! With all respect , I’ve been captivated since a teenager by your beauty and profile of you running with that determined look on your face. There are many beautiful women in film but somehow your image is etched in the minds of so many males that it is a curiousity. Every man’s dream!

  3. It’s proof of chemical attraction that so many men’s eye focus on you alone in the opening credits. I am no exception.

  4. I always thought …and still do …that she was one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen….always wondered who she was….glad I found out….

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