Beloved M*A*S*H Actress Eileen Saki Passes Away at 79 After a Battle with Cancer

Actress Eileen Saki, popularly known for her portrayal of Rosie, the bar owner on the hit television series MAS*H, passed away at 79 due to pancreatic cancer. Her manager, Camilla Fluxman Pines, confirmed the news and stated that the actress died peacefully in Los Angeles on May 1st.

Actress Eileen Saki Passes Away at 79 After a Battle with Cancer
Actress Eileen Saki Actress Eileen Saki

She had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January, having previously survived lung cancer in 2004. Despite her diagnosis, Saki was able to pursue her passion for acting and shot a few big commercials shortly before her diagnosis.

She was a much-loved figure in the industry, often recognized by her face or voice. Her former co-star Jeff Maxwell, who portrayed Pvt. Igor Stravinsky, on M*A*S*H, paid tribute to her on his M*A*S*H Matters Podcast, stating that “Our sweet Eileen. Our sassy Rosie” would be missed dearly.

Saki played the role of Rosie for eight episodes, taking over from Frances Fong and Shizuko Hoshi. She also appeared in popular television series such as CHiPs, Good Times, and Gimme a Break! And Without a Trace.

Her big-screen appearances include the 1981 film History of the World, Part I with Mel Brooks, and 1984’s Splash starring Tom Hanks. Saki’s recent work includes an Uber Eats commercial alongside L.A. Rams player Aaron Donald. She had a great love for the industry and would often talk to young actors about their journeys. Her husband, Bob Borgen, survives her.

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