Pat Marshall
Lt. Nelson
Personal Information
Gender: Female
Character information
Appeared on/in: M*A*S*H
Episodes appeared in: "Payday"
Character played: Lieutenant Nelson

Pat Marshall made a one time appearance as Lieutenant Nelson, a nurse, in the poker game scene in the Season 3 episode of the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H titled "Payday".

Also known as Patricia Marshall Gelbart, Marshall was born January 13, 1928 in Minneapolis as Marriam Patricia Murphy. In 1956 she married her second husband, Larry Gelbart, remaining with him until his death in 2009. She had five children, three from her first marriage and two with Gelbart. Although she probably would have had the opportunity to appear in more episodes of M*A*S*H, she was content with her single appearance and chose to spend time with her family.

Besides her appearance as Lieutenant Nelson, she is also credited with suggesting to Gelbart that each M*A*S*H episode should deal with more than one plotline which would intersect towards the end. The MASH was a busy place and she would like to know more about what else was going on in the camp and she felt they could tell more than one story per episode.[1]


  1. Ed Solomonson and Mark O'Neill, TV's M*A*S*H: The Ultimate Guide Book, (Albany GA: BearManor Media, 2009) 100.

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