Facts of Kellye Nakahara
Kellye Nakahara, also known as Kellye Nakahara Wallett is an Asian-American actress, painter, and singer. She is well-known for playing Nurse Kellye in CBS comedy, M*A*S*H.
Kellye Nakahara Wallett Bio
The 68-year-old actress was born in Oahu, Hawaii, USA. She is half Asian and half Hawaiian. She is alumni of Kalani High School of Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Kellye Nakahara Wallett Early Career
The artist, Nakahara, moved from Hawaii to San Francisco to pursue a career in watercolor painting. She sold her watercolor painting of the San Francisco city through the well known Polk Gallery.
In 1968, Nakahara married David Wallett and moved to Los Angeles. After moving to California, she started her acting career.
Kellye Nakahara Wallett Career as an Actress
Wallett participated as the Nurse Kellye in CBS show, M*A*S*H. The show became popular and aired for 11 years. The final episode of the show aired on January 1983, which was viewed by over 25 million people.
She also played minor roles in movies such as Clue (1985), 3 Ninjas Kick Back (1994), she is having a baby (1988).
She also appeared in television series like Matt Houston, At Ease, Lottery!, and so on.
Kellye Nakahara Wallett Painting
A celebrated artist, Wallett, launched Kellye Wallett Studio on June 19, 1998, with her business partner, Wendy Anderson.
Her paintings mostly feature cities and their landmark sites. In her collection of paintings “The Gardens of Pasadena," she highlighted many historical landmarks, gardens, and neighborhoods present in the city.
The most significant paintings from the collection are given to the City of Pasadena on an indefinite loan and are available at The Pasadena City Hall.
In 2001, Sen Jack Scott chose her painting “Koi” to represent his district and showcased it at the State Capitol.
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Kellye Nakahara Wallett Other Works
Wallett has served her current city, Pasadena, in many roles. She worked as the mayor’s appointee on the Pasadena Arts and Culture Commission for eight years.
She was a member of East West Players’ Acquisition Committee for its transition from a 99-seat theater to a 240-seat Equity theater.
She also supports local artists for their growth. She serves as the artistic director of the local choral group, Towne Singers. She has contracts with the California Philharmonic for various events.
Kellye Nakahara Wallett Personal Life
Nakahara has two children, a daughter, Nalani Wallett, and Son, William Wallett. Both of her children are married and have kids too. Nalani has twins David and William with husband, Lee. William Wallett has sons Max and Grayson with wife, Tasha.
She is battling with peritoneal cancer since July 2018 and has finished three chemotherapy. During this difficulty, her fans provided great support by continuously sending her cards and wishes for recovery. She provided an update on her health and thanked her fans by posting an image on Facebook.
Kellye Nakahara Wallett Awards and Honors
The artist, Nakahara, was selected to paint the Maguire Gardens. In 2008, she painted Christmas ornament for the official White House Christmas tree on the request of Rep, Adam Schiff.
On March 10, 2015, she received an honor for the Exceptional Woman of California’s 28th District by Schiff.
She is the recipient of TV Land Impact Icon Award 2009, which was held on Gibson Amphitheatre.
Kellye Nakahara Wallett Net Worth
The veteran actress, Wallett's net worth is estimated to be $10 million. The big chunk of wealth comes through her decade of work in series M*A*S*H. On average, the cast of a TV show earns $20,000- $35,000 per year. So, her role as Nurse Kellye helped her made thousands.
Also, she received a big chunk of money as the spokesperson for giant company IBM.
Sales from painting is also a factor, contributing to her net worth. Her paintings are normally auctioned for around $500.
Kellye Nakahara Wallett Charity
Wallett strongly believes in giving back to the community, so she visits the Ronald McDonald House Charities every year. She spends time with children and donates her paintings.
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Kellye Nakahara Wallett Social Media
Kellye Wallet Studio has an official Facebook account in which her paintings are advertised. Also, through the account, Wallett interacts with her fans by posting pictures.