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Cause of death  Breast cancer
Children  Elizabeth Collector
Role  Actress
Name  Marcia Strassman
Years active  1960–2014

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Born  April 28, 1948 (1948-04-28) New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation  Actress, television personality, singer
Known for  Welcome Back, KotterHoney I Shrunk the KidsM*A*S*M*A*S*H
Died  October 24, 2014, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States
Spouse  Robert Collector (m. 1984–1989)
Siblings  Steven Strassman, Julie Strassman
Movies and TV shows  Welcome Back - Kotter, Honey - I Shrunk the Kids, Honey - I Blew Up the Kid, Tremors, Another Stakeout
Similar People  Gabe Kaplan, Robert Hegyes, Ron Palillo, Rick Moranis, Lawrence Hilton‑Jacobs

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Marcia Ann Strassman (April 28, 1948 – October 24, 2014) was an American actress and singer, best known for her roles as Nurse Margie Cutler on M*A*S*M*A*S*H, as Julie Kotter on Welcome Back, Kotter and as Diane Szalinski in the feature film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989); its sequel Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992); and the 3-D film spin-off Honey, I Shrunk the Audience! (1994), which was shown at several Disney theme parks through mid-2010.


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Life and career

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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.

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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 United States, and just sneaked into RPM's Top 100 for Canada, peaking at #95.

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Her follow-up release, "The Groovy World of Jack and Jill", charted in Denver, Colorado, but virtually nowhere else. A third single, "Star Gazer" (1968) (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.

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She landed her best-known role as Julie Kotter, the wife of title character high school teacher Gabe Kotter (Gabriel "Gabe" Kaplan) on 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 series and she stated in an interview that working on the series 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.

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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 Giannin in the romantic comedy Soup for One.

In 1989–90, she had a co-starring role on the 21 Jump Street spin-off, Booker, which starred Richard Grieco in the title role. She guest starred on the detective series 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 on the television series 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.


  • "The Flower Children" / "Out of the Picture" (1967)
  • "The Groovy World of Jack & Jill" / "The Flower Shop" (1967)
  • "Self-Analysis" / "Star Gazer" (1968)
  • References

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