On Friday, Marcia Strassman lost her battle with cancer after five decades of stage, TV and film work.
Sad news coming out of this weekend – Marcia Strassman, star of Honey, I Shrunk The Kids and Welcome Back, Kotter, died on Friday. She was 66. The actress had been fighting cancer for seven years, according to a statement from her sister, Julie Strassman, quoted via the Associated Press.
Strassman was given just two years to live, but made it through seven after her diagnosis.
"They gave her 2 ½ years to live but she lasted much longer," she said. "She was very courageous."
Strassman got her start in the industry back in the 60s, when she was just a teenager. One of her first prominent roles was as Nurse Margie Cutler on the first season of MASH, but she soon moved on to bigger and better things – namely, a lead role in Welcome Back Kotter. The fondly remembered show was about a teacher returning to the tough high-school of his youth to teach a classroom full of misfits, including future movie star John Travolta.
Before her TV success, however, Strassman started out as a theatre actress, landing her first role as Liza Minelli’s replacement in the off-Broadway musical Best Foot Forward. She moved to Los Angeles at 18 and landed a steady stream of roles.
She is survived by a son and a daughter.