Actress Marcia Strassman has died at the age of 66 after a long battle with breast cancer, according to online posts by two long-time friends, singer/actress Cher and director Bob Weide. Though she acted in a wide range of TV shows and feature films, she was best known for her roles in the TV show Welcome Back Kotter and the comedy feature Honey I Shrunk the Kids and its sequel, Honey I Blew Up the Kids.
Strassman was born Apri 28, 1948 in New York City, and was initially a singer in the late 1960s with some modest local success, most notably with The Groovy World of Jack and Jill and The Flower Children. She also had a few TV roles, including three episodes of The Patty Duke Show. She left show business for a time before returning as an actress in a recurring role as a nurse in M.A.S.H.
In 1975, Strassman had a breakout role in the TV hit Welcome Back Kotter, opposite comedian Gabe Kaplan playing his wife Julie.
She worked steadily thereafter, most notably in roles on several TV shows, including Tremors, Third Watch, Providence, Noah Knows Best, The Rockford Files and as a voice-over artist on the children’s animated show Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. She also played the wife and mother opposite Rick Moranis in the hit comedy feature Honey I Shrunk The Kids and its sequel, Honey I Blew Up The Kids.
Strassman died Oct. 25, after a seven-year fight with breast cancer.