Actress Marcia Strassman died on October 25th, after a long 7-year battle with breast cancer, in her Sherman Oaks, California home. Marcia acted in a wide range of TV shows and movies, but she was best known for her lead roles in the TV show Welcome Back Kotter and the comedy movies Honey I Shrunk the Kids and Honey I Blew Up the Kids.
Strassman also worked on the national board of the Screen Actors Guild. Her death, at the age of 66, was confirmed by her sister Julia.
Strassman was born on April 28th, 1948 in New York City. She came to Los Angeles at the age of 18 and was a singer initially in the late 1960s. She acclaimed some modest local success. She also had a few TV roles, including three episodes of The Patty Duke Show, before leaving show business for a time.
She returned as an actress in a recurring role as Nurse Margie Cutler in M.A.S.H. and worked steadily after her return, in major roles on several TV shows, including Booker, Tremors, Third Watch, Providence, and Noah Knows Best and as a voice-over artist on the children’s animated shows.
Her biggest film success came playing the wife and mother opposite Rick Moranis in the hit comedy Honey I Shrunk The Kids and its equally successful sequel, Honey I Blew Up The Kids. She also appeared in The Aviator with Christopher Reeve and Roseanna Arquette, in 1985.
Marcia was active in fundraising for various progressive and social causes, including breast cancer research and treatment, even before she was diagnosed. She was a member of the Screen Actors Guild national board.
Marcia Strassman is survived by her daughter, New York costume designer Elizabeth Lizzie Collector, sister Julia and brother Steven.