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Strassman in 1975
|Born||Marcia A. Strassman
April 28, 1948
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, television personality, activist, singer|
Marcia A. Strassman (born April 28, 1948) is an American actress best known for her roles as Julie Kotter in the TV sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter and Diane Szalinski in the 1989 feature film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, its sequel Honey, I Blew Up the Kid and the 3-D film spin-off Honey, I Shrunk the Audience! which was shown at several Disney theme parks through mid-2010.
Strassman was born in New York City. Among her earliest acting credits was an appearance in an episode of The Patty Duke Show. In 1967, she became a recording artist for Uni Records. Her debut single, "The Flower Children", was a top 40 hit in many West Coast U.S. markets, most notably hitting #4 in San Diego and #2 in San Francisco; the track also hit #2 in Vancouver, British Columbia (both at CKLG 730 AM and CFUN 1410 AM in July 1967). However, the single failed to break out nationally in either country; the record stalled at #103 in the U.S., and just sneaked into RPM's Top 100 for Canada, peaking at #95. Strassman's follow-up release, "The Groovy World of Jack & Jill," charted in Denver but virtually nowhere else. A third single, 1968's "Star Gazer" (produced by Kim Fowley), failed to chart anywhere and brought Strassman's brief recording career to a close.
Returning to acting after a gap of a few years, Strassman landed the recurring role of nurse Margie Cutler in the earliest episodes of M*A*S*H. She appeared in six episodes.
She landed her best-known role as Julie Kotter in the ABC TV series Welcome Back, Kotter in 1975. The series lasted for four years. Strassman clashed with co-star Gabriel "Gabe" Kaplan and she said that working on the show made her "miserable." Only later did she and Kaplan discover that executive producer James Komack was the primary source of the friction between them.
In 1980, she starred as Lenina Crowne in a TV production of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, she also costarred in the short-lived sitcom Good Time Harry that year. She guest-starred several times on "Magnum PI," first introduced in the episode "Heal Thyself" where she played Dr. Karen Harmon, a former nurse he served with in Vietnam, who became a doctor after returning home.
In 1982, she played Maria in the sexually-themed romantic comedy "Soup For One", that was directed and written by Jonathan Kaufer and produced by Marvin Worth.
In 1989–90, she had a co-starring role in the short-lived 21 Jump Street spinoff, Booker, which starred Richard Grieco in the title role. Strassman also had movie roles as the wife of Rick Moranis's scientist character in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) and Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992). In 1994, she reprised her role from those movies in the 3-D film spin-off Honey, I Shrunk the Audience!. She later went on to play Nancy Sterngood in the short-lived TV show, Tremors (2003).