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

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.

39 Comments

  • norma curley says:

    My 87yr old husband watches MASH reruns everyday-he has often wondered who the great looking gal was always leading the pack of running nurses. I am so happy to find out for him-his comments have included-she sure makes fatigues look good! as an Army guy he sure knows about fatigues!

  • George C says:

    I’m still in love with her!

  • michael auclair says:

    you have made my day since I started watching MASH M59 and the only thing I remember about Mash is you running down that that pass is few things in life that bring people pleasure in and you are definitely one of them

  • michael auclair says:

    I’m sure that you’re a Beauty has brought many people pleasure just watching you in the opening sequences and mash you could have been the star of the show no doubt I loved all the actors on there and actresses and whatever but you are you are you are at the top of the list

  • michael auclair says:

    I wasn’t sure if you were a nurse or you’re going to the Olympics but man whatever it was I want to be part of that I still do

  • Hunter says:

    I’m 56 years old and men are not the only ones who thought you were friggin gorgeous. I had to keep it to myself until I got into my twenties…being gay I had to hide my thoughts about women. You know you had it going on when both genders find you absolutely beautiful.

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