Honey, I Shrunk the Kids star Marcia Strassman dies

The actress passed away at her home in Los Angeles


by Owen Tonks |
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Marcia Strassman died on Friday at the age of 66 at her home in Los Angeles.

The actress was known for her roles as Diane Szalinski in Honey, I Shrunk The Kids and Julie Kotter in Welcome Back, Kotter.

The star had been battling breast cancer and her death was confirmed by her sister Julie.

Julie told The Hollywood Reporter: “She was my idol. She was the funniest, smartest person I knew, and she always made me laugh.

“She was incredibly talented in everything – not just acting and dancing and singing, but she could also sew and knit – and she was gorgeous.

“She was an amazing woman and loved by her family and loyal friends of 40 and 50 years.”

Marcia Strassman on the red carpet
Marcia Strassman on the red carpet

A number of her friends paid tribute to the star on Twitter, with singer Cher writing: “Wanted U2 No, a Funny, Talented Friend Died. Not 4U 2feel sorry 4me, but she died alone, &Energy from U is powerful &Sends [love] ‘Marsha Strassman’.”

Marcia got her first break as nurse Margie Cutler in six episodes of _M_A_S_H*.

She then landed the role of Julie Cotter on ABC’s Welcome Back, Kotter in 1975, playing main character Gabe Kotter’s wife.

The actress appeared in a number of other television series including The Rockford Files, Magnum P.I. and 21 Jump Street among others, but was perhaps best known for her role as Rick Moranis’ wife in 1989 hit movie Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and sequel Honey I Blew Up the Kid.

Marcia leaves behind sister Julie, her brother Steven Strassman and her daughter Elizabeth Collector.

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