R.I.P. Eileen Saki, known for classic role as Rosie on M*A*S*H

The actress, who also appeared in ''Splash,'' was 79.

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TMZ reports that M*A*S*H's Rosie, Eileen Saki, has died.

The actress, best known for her role as the proprietor of "Rosie's Bar" on the seriocomic war series, died Monday, May 1st, 2023, in her home in Los Angeles. Her death comes after a long battle with cancer. 

Saki also starred alongside Tom Hanks in the 1984 comedy Splash. In addition to these roles, Saki made guest appearances on CHiPS, Good Times, Gimme a Break!, and Without a Trace. Most recently, she appeared in an Uber Eats advertisement opposite L.A. Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald. 


As Rosie, Eileen Saki provided M*A*S*H, and its characters, with a much-needed respite from the horrors of war. Soldiers took solace at Rosie's Bar, where they could pull up a chair, order a drink, and forget they were in the middle of war-torn Korea. Most importantly, they were able to eat something other than what was served in the mess tent. All of this, though, was secondary to the sassy warmth and inviting atmosphere provided by the bar's owner, Rosie. 

According to Pop Culture, Jeff Maxwell, who played Pvt. Igor Straminsky, called Eileen, "a very special woman" who captivated you with a twinkle and a smile.

"I am very grateful to have had that experience. It's one I will cherish forever. My heart and love go to Bob and their family. Love you Eileen and Rosie."

Saki is survived by her husband, Bob Borgen. She was 79.

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22 Comments

Henry30 14 months ago
I'm sorry to hear the sad news. Condolences to her surviving family, and to those who loved and admired her. Rest in peace sister.
KentuckyPhil69 14 months ago
RIP Rosie!!! The best to ever do it!! Like Hawkeye said, a beer and a bowl please... Snap, crackle, and burp😳
JHP 14 months ago
I liked the character also - MAN the line to the gates of Heaven is long - she stands right behind a songwriter and musician that is in my heart - Gordon Lightfoot :(:(
vmsanchez 14 months ago
What a beautiful woman!
I remember her in Splash. She played a doctor.
CoreyC 14 months ago
Eileen Saki was the second Rosie. Eileen played the Madam in episode Bug Out.
OO Binky.
Mblack CoreyC 14 months ago
The one with Klinger's dresses?
CoreyC Mblack 14 months ago
Yes.
Wiseguy70005 CoreyC 6 months ago
Igor was also played by another actor (Peter Riegert).
retired2019 14 months ago
I’ll have a beer and toast Eileen. RIP sweet lady 😇
Runeshaper 14 months ago
R.I.P Eileen Saki ❤️🙏😢

Jeff Maxwell made some touching comments there 🙂
BuckeyeBeth7 14 months ago
From a “TV insider” interview with her husband Bob.

“Eileen Saki, the Japanese-American actress best known for playing bar owner Rosie in the hit sitcom M*A*S*H, has died. She was 79.

Saki’s husband, producer Bob Borgen, confirmed the passing to Fox News Digital. She died on Monday, May 1, in Los Angeles, California, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

“Eileen passed away just two months after being diagnosed with Advanced Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer,” Borgen told Fox. “She was working up until January 2023 and shot big commercials in October and November — in fact, she got a callback for her last audition and was happy about that.”

Borgen continued, “She loved her time on M*A*S*H and appreciated all the messages she received from M*A*S*H fans and former cast members during the last few weeks.”.”

Hard to believe she was only in nine episodes of MASH. Even though she was the third actress to play Rosie she’s the one I always think of as the character.
Sway 14 months ago
R.I.P. Eileen Saki . Rosie was a fun character
GioLovesMash 14 months ago
do a MeTV remembers Eileen Saki,
Jon GioLovesMash 14 months ago
MeTV has given her a memorial slide, listing her years of birth & death, but I don't think there'll be a marathon in her memory.
GioLovesMash Jon 14 months ago
i know that but why cant do a Judy Farrell one like last year they have bob saget but they dont have full house back then
Mblack 14 months ago
I can't picture her in Splash!

But she was an addition to MASH.
Andybandit 14 months ago
On no Rosie died from MASH. How sad.
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