American Actress and Singer Marcia Strassman Dies at 66 [WATCH VIDEO]

By Ambika Thakur | 3 years ago
American Actress and Singer Marcia Strassman Dies at 66 [WATCH VIDEO]
Photo of Marcia Strassman from the television program Welcome Back, Kotter. Strassman played Julie Kotter, the wife of teacher Gabe Kotter./We hope

American actress and singer Marcia Strassman died on Oct. 24, 2014. She was 66. Strassman was best known for her roles as Julie Kotter in  “Welcome Back, Kotter” and as Diane Szalinski in the 1989 feature film  “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,”  its sequel  “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid,” and the 3D film spin-off “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience!”  Read on to learn more about this story.

Strassman's death was confirmed  by her friend, director Bob Weide, via social media. Weide and Cher both posted on Twitter about Strassman's tragic demise. 

Strassman was born in New York City on April 28, 1948 and was brought up in Passaic, New Jersey. She started acting as a teen, replacing Liza Minnelli in the off-Broadway musical “Best Foot Forward.”  She moved to Los Angeles at 18 and made a successful five-decade career.

Strassman died at her Sherman Oaks, California, home on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. She tragically passed away after battling breast cancer for seven years. "They gave her 2½ years to live, but she lasted much longer. She was very courageous," said her sister, Julie Strassman, as published on Daily Mail.

Strassman has portrayed different roles in film and on television during the span of her career. Her first mainstream acting appearance was the portrayal of Nurse Margie Cutler on six episodes of "M*A*S*H." Strassman co-starred in several films and series. She was famous for her role as Rick Moranis' wife in the 1989 hit “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" and its sequel.  Her acting credits include:

  • Changes
  • Soup for One
  • The Aviator
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
  • Fast Getaway
  • And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird
  • Honey, I Blew Up the Kid
  • Another Stakeout
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Audience!
  • Cops n Roberts
  • Earth Minus Zero            
  • Gale Force         
  • The Movie Hero
  • Power Play
  • Reeker

Strassman supported breast cancer research and other social causes and was a member of the Screen Actors Guild national board. 

Strassman is survived by a daughter, sister and brother. Our thoughts continue to go out to Strassman’s dear ones during this difficult time.

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