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.

Marcia Strassman
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."

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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.

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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.