Marcia Strassman in 1975.
April 28, 1948|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||October 24, 2014
Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Breast cancer|
|Occupation||Actress, television personality, singer|
|Known for||Welcome Back, Kotter
Honey I Shrunk the Kids
|Spouse(s)||Robert Collector (1984-1989) (divorced) (1 child)|
Marcia Ann Strassman (April 28, 1948 – October 24, 2014) was an American actress and singer, best known for her roles as Nurse Margie Cutler in M*A*S*H, 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 3-D film spin-off Honey, I Shrunk the Audience!, which was shown at several Disney theme parks through mid-2010.
Life and career
Strassman was born in New York City and raised in Passaic, New Jersey. Among her earliest acting credits was an appearance in an episode of The Patty Duke Show. In 1963, at age 15, she succeeded Liza Minnelli in the role of Ethel Hofflinger in the Off-Broadway musical Best Foot Forward.
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, hitting #4 in San Diego and #2 in San Francisco; the track also hit #3 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 #105 in the U.S., and just sneaked into RPM's Top 100 for Canada, peaking at #95.
Her follow-up release, "The Groovy World of Jack & Jill", charted in Denver, Colorado, 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, she landed the recurring role of nurse Margie Cutler in six early episodes of M*A*S*H.
She landed her best-known role as Julie Kotter, the wife of title character high school teacher Gabe Kotter (Gabriel "Gabe" Kaplan) in the ABC comedy series Welcome Back, Kotter in 1975. The series lasted four years. Strassman was told that co-star Kaplan wanted her off the show and she stated in an interview that working on the show made her "miserable". Kaplan read the interview and realized series producer James Komack was separately telling the two actors they didn't like each other, and Kaplan informed Strassman that he actually wanted more balance between Kotter's work and home environments, which would afford Strassman the chance to do more on the series. Kaplan, a guest host on The Tonight Show that week, had Strassman on to tell the story as an interview guest; she recalled the incident decades later on a Biography Channel special about the history of Kotter.
In the 1970s, Strassman appeared as a guest star on Time Express, The Rockford Files, The Love Boat and other primetime dramas. In 1980, she starred as Lenina Crowne in a television production of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. She co-starred in the short-lived sitcom Good Time Harry that year. She guest-starred several times on Magnum, P.I., first introduced in the episode "Heal Thyself", where she played Dr. Karen Harmon, a former nurse with whom the title character served in Vietnam. In 1982, she played Maria in the romantic comedy Soup for One.
In 1989–90, she had a co-starring role in the 21 Jump Street spinoff, Booker, which starred Richard Grieco in the title role. She guest starred on Murder She Wrote in 1996. Strassman had movie roles as the wife of Rick Moranis' 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 TV show, Tremors (2003).
In March 2007, Strassman was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer that had spread to her bones. She died of the disease at her home in Sherman Oaks, California, on October 24, 2014. She was 66 years old, and is survived by her sister Julie, her brother Steven and her daughter, Elizabeth Collector.
|1982||Soup for One||Maria|
|1985||The Aviator||Rose Stiller|
|1989||Honey, I Shrunk the Kids||Diane Szalinski|
|1991||And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird||Sarah Carson|
|1992||Honey, I Blew Up the Kid||Diane Szalinski||Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|1993||Another Stakeout||Pam O'Hara|
|1994||Honey, I Shrunk the Audience!||Diane Szalinski||Short film|
|1995||Cops n Roberts|
|1996||Earth Minus Zero||Debbie Heller|
|1996||Highlander: The Series||Betsy Fields|
|2002||Gale Force||Kim Nelson|
|2003||The Movie Hero||Blake's Mom|
|2003||Power Play||Susan Breecher|
|1964 – 1965||The Patty Duke Show||Adeline / Gladys / Model||3 Episodes|
|1967||Ironside||Samantha Dain||1 Episode, The Man Who Believed|
|1972||Wednesday Night Out||TV Movie|
|1972 – 1973||M*A*S*H||Nurse Margie Cutler||6 Episodes|
|1973||Love Story||1 Episode, Mirabelle's Summer|
|1974||Police Story||Jacqueline||1 Episode, The Ripper|
|1974||Marcus Welby, M.D.||1 Episode, The Latch-Key Child|
|1975||Journey from Darkness||Nancy||TV Movie|
|1975 – 1979||Welcome Back, Kotter||Julie Kotter||94 Episodes|
|1976||City of Angels||1 Episode, The Losers|
|1976||Brenda Starr||Kentucky Smith||TV Movie|
|1977||The Love Boat II||Pat McFarland||TV Movie|
|1978||The Love Boat||Stephanie Lewis||1 Episode, Last of the Stubings/Million Dollar Man/The Sisters|
|1978||Fantasy Island||Kay Penny / Katherine Patrino||1 Episode, The Funny Girl/Butch and Sundance|
|1979||Time Express||Sara Mason||1 Episode, Rodeo/Cop|
|1979||The Rockford Files||Whitney Cox||2 Episodes|
|1980||Once Upon a Family||Pam Ferguson||TV Movie|
|1980||Brave New World||Lenina Disney||TV Movie|
|1980||Good Time Harry||Carol Younger||7 Episodes|
|1981||Likely Stories, Vol. 1||TV Movie|
|1982||Magnum, P.I.||Dr. Karen Harmon||1 Episode, Heal Thyself|
|1983||At Ease||Olivia Taylor||1 Episode, Love Sick|
|1984||E/R||Dr. Eve Sheridan||2 Episodes|
|1985||Shadow Chasers||Stella Pence||1 Episode, Shadow Chasers: Part 1|
|1987||Stingray||Councilwoman Sondra Decker||1 Episode, Gemini|
|1987||Amazing Stories||Nel Lewise||1 Episode, Such Interesting Neighbors|
|1987||Haunted by Her Past||Rita Kamen||TV Movie|
|1987||I Married Dora||Nina||1 Episode, A Matter of Moulding|
|1988||ABC Afterschool Specials||Mary Watson||1 Episode, Daddy Can't Read|
|1988||CBS Summer Playhouse||Elaine||1 Episode, Tickets, Please|
|1989||TV 101||Mrs. Myers||3 Episodes|
|1989||Miss Teen USA 1989||Co-host|
|1989 – 1990||Booker||Alicia Rudd||22 Episodes|
|1992||Mastergate||Merry Chase||TV Movie|
|1992||Civil Wars||Marcia Kellogg||1 Episode, A Bus Named Desire|
|1994||Phenom||Catherine||1 Episode, Men Are Dogs|
|1995||Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare||Margaret McKenna||TV Movie|
|1995||Touched by an Angel||Lisa Patcherik||1 Episode, Interview with an Angel|
|1995||Charlie Grace||Andrea Farrell||1 Episode, Bring Me the Head of Darnell Sims|
|1995 - 1997||Aaahh!!! Real Monsters||Hairyette / Harryette / Weatherperson||5 Episodes|
|1996||Murder, She Wrote||Terri Garman Holbert||1 Episode, The Dark Side of the Door|
|1996||The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play||Dr. Trish George||TV Movie|
|1996||Highlander||Betsy Fields||1 Episode, Glory Days|
|1997||L.A. Heat||Martha||1 Episode, Rap Sheet|
|1997||Tracey Takes On...||Mallory Blair||1 Episode, Politics|
|1997||Rugrats||Miss Appleby||1 Episode, Dust Bunnies/Educating Angelica|
|1997||Baywatch||Rena Jaffe, Jordan's Mother||1 Episode, Out of the Blue|
|1999||Odd Man Out||Wendy Flemming||1 Episode, Batman Forever|
|2000||Noah Knows Best||Martine Beznick||13 Episodes|
|2001 - 2002||Providence||Meredith||8 Episodes|
|2003||Tremors||Nancy Sterngood||13 Episodes|
|2004||Third Watch||Sergeant Laura Wynn||4 Episodes|
|2006||Twenty Good Years||Mackenzie||1 Episode, The Crying Game|
|2014||Looking for Mr. Right||Opal||TV Movie|
- "The Flower Children" / "Out Of The Picture" (1967)
- "The Groovy World Of Jack & Jill" / "The Flower Shop" (1967)
- "Self-Analysis" / "Star Gazer" (1968)
- Best Foot Forward at the Internet Off-Broadway Database.
- "From the Music Capitals of the World". Billboard: 7. July 15, 1967. ISSN 0006-2510.
- Whitburn, Joel (2008). Joel Whitburn Presents: Across The Charts The 1960s. Record Research. p. 371. ISBN 978-0898201758.
- Marcia Strassman profile, las-solanas.com; accessed October 26, 2014.
- Windeler, Robert (November 6, 1978). "A Set Becomes a Set-to as Mrs. Kotter Takes on Gabe, and the Sweathogs Take Sides". People 10 (19). ISSN 0093-7673.
- "Welcome Back Kotter/The Facts of Life/Roseanne". Biography. Episode 1-06. 22 April 2008. A&E.
- "Marcia Strassman dies at 66; actress starred in 'Welcome Back, Kotter'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
- "Marcia Strassman, Wife on ‘Welcome Back, Kotter’, Dies at 66". The New York Times. Associated Press. October 27, 2014.
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