Actress Marcia Strassman — who was best known for her roles in the 1970s sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter and the film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids — died after a long battle with breast cancer on Saturday, Oct. 25. She was 66-years-old.
Marcia's sister, Julie, confirmed her death to the Associated Press over the weekend with the following statement:
"They gave her 2 ½ years to live but she lasted much longer," she said. "She was very courageous."
Marcia was diagnosed with an advanced case of breast cancer that had spread to her bones in 2007.
The star's friend, Producer/Director Bob Weide, first broke the news of her death on Twitter:
So sad that a sweet friend, kind person & wonderful actress Marcia Strassman lost her brave battle with cancer today. pic.twitter.com/4gQ4MEvEal— Bob Weide (@BobWeide) October 26, 2014
So sad that a sweet friend, kind person & wonderful actress Marcia Strassman lost her brave battle with cancer today. pic.twitter.com/4gQ4MEvEal
On 'Kotter', Marcia played Julie, the wife of title character Gabe Kotter (portrayed by Gabe Kaplan). She gets a job as a substitute teacher at the NYC high school where her husband teaches a group of unruly kids.
The show, which ran for four seasons on ABC from 1975 through 1979, also starred a young John Travolta as Vincent 'Vinnie' Barbarino, the high school's "unofficial official" leader and resident heartthrob.
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Marcia is also remembered for her role in the 1989 film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. She portrayed Diane Szalinski, a woman whose inventor husband, Wayne Szalinski (Rick Moranis), inadvertently shrinks the couple's two children with an electromagnetic shrink ray.
Her other notable acting credits include an appearance on "The Patty Duke Show" in 1967, her role as nurse Margie Cutler in several early episodes of "MASH" and portraying Rose Stiller in the 1985 film "The Aviator" alongside Christopher Reeve and Roseanna Arquette.
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