Welcome Back, Kotter actress Marcia Strassman dead at 66

After a seven-yearlong battle with breast cancer, Marcia Strassman died in her Sherman Oaks, California, home on Saturday. She was 66. Her sister Julie Strassman confirmed the news to Deadline on Sunday afternoon.

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She was the funniest, smartest person I ever met, and talented. She knew everything. Now I won’t be able to call her and ask her questions,” the actress’ sister told the publication.

Marcia was best known for her roles in the TV hit Welcome Back, Kotter, where she played Gabe Kaplan’s wife, and Disney movies Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and its sequel Honey, I Blew Up the Kid. She also appeared in the 1985 film The Aviator with Christopher Reeve and Rosanna Arquette and was a member of the Screen Actors Guild’s national board.

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“She had more friends than anyone in the world,” Julie said. “She could do anything. She made clothes, made curtains, knitted sweaters for friends. She could dance.”

According to Variety, Strassman and her sister Julie performed in an annual event to benefit breast cancer research called Duets for years, and she was active in raising money and awareness for the disease, even before her own diagnosis.

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Strassman’s longtime friend, Curb Your Enthusiasm director Bob Weide, broke the news via Twitter on Saturday when he paid tribute to the late actress.

Cher also took to Twitter to pay tribute to her friend.

According to Deadline, Julie asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her sister’s name to organizations fighting cancer. Strassman is survived by her sister Julie and brother Steven as well as her daughter, New York costume designer Elizabeth “Lizzie” Collector.

Our thoughts are with Marcia’s friends and family during this sad time.


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