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Marcia Strassman, who played Gabe Kaplan's wife, Julie, on the 1970s sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, has died. She was 66. Strassman died at her Sherman Oaks, California, home on Friday after battling breast cancer for seven years, her sister, Julie Strassman, said Sunday. "They gave her 2½ years to live, but she lasted much longer," she said. "She was very courageous." Strassman had numerous roles on television and in film during her five-decade career. She played nurse Margie Cutler on the first season of M.A.S.H. before her breakout role on Kotter. The show was about a teacher returning »
- Associated Press
The actress passed away on Saturday after a seven-year battle with cancer.
Marcia Strassman, perhaps best known for her lead roles in Welcome Back Kotter and Honey I Shrunk the Kids, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 25, in her Sherman Oaks, Calif. home. She was 66.
"She was the funniest, smartest person I ever met," the actress' sister Julie Strassman told Deadline. "And talented. She knew everything. Now I won’t be able to call her and ask her questions."
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Curb Your Enthusiasm director Bob Weide was one of the first to break the news of his friend's death, tweeting: "So sad that a sweet friend, kind person & wonderful actress Marcia Strassman lost her brave battle with cancer today."
So sad that a sweet friend, kind person & wonderful actress Marcia Strassman lost her brave battle with cancer today. pic.twitter.com/4gQ4MEvEal
— Bob Weide (@BobWeide) October 26, 2014
"She had more friends than anyone in the »
But Strassman, who died Friday at 66, was in showbiz for more than 10 years before she wound up on the sitcom that became a pop culture touchstone, in part because it made a star of John Travolta.
Lithe and raspy-voiced, Strassman began her showbiz career on stage and also tried to become a pop star in the mid-1960s before her thesping work took off. After she got her break on “Kotter,” she became active in the Screen Actors Guild.
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She got off to a good start in the pages of Variety. Her first reference came in the Sept. 11, 1963 edition, in an item noting that she would replace Liza Minnelli in Off Broadway’s “Best Foot Forward, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Marcia Strassman Dead At 66
Strassman battled breast cancer for seven years up to her death. She is survived by Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Collector, her daughter, her sister Julie Strassman, and her brother Steven Strassman.
“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,” said Julie Strassman.
Actress Marcia Strassman, who gained fame as Julie Kotter in ABC’s “Welcome Back, Kotter,” has died. The show centered around her TV husband (Gabe Kaplan), who returned to his Brooklyn school to teach a classroom full of misfits that included future film star John Travolta. Ms. Strassman died on Friday. She was 66 years old.Ms. Strassman’s death was announced by producer and friend Bob Weide on Twitter::So sad that a sweet friend, kind person & wonderful actress Marcia Strassman lost her brave battle with cancer today. pic.twitter.com/4gQ4MEvEal— Bob Weide (@BobWeide) October 26, 2014 A veteran star of stage and screen, […] »
- April Neale
Marcia Strassman -- perhaps best known for playing the mom from the "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" movies -- died Saturday after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 66. She got her first big recurring role on "M*A*S*H" playing Nurse Cutler ... but struck it big playing the part of Julie Kotter, Gabe Kaplan's wife on "Welcome Back, Kotter." "Curb Your Enthusiasm" director Bob Weide, a long-time friend of Strassman's, was »
- TMZ Staff
Actress Marcia Strassman, a former star of TV's “Welcome Back, Kotter,” has died at the age of 66 after a seven-year battle with breast cancer, TheWrap has confirmed. Her death was noted in tweets this weekend by singer and actress Cher and director Bob Weide. Strassman was best known for her role in “Kotter,” in which she played the wife of Gabe Kaplan's character, but she also starred in the hit 1989 film “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” and its 1992 sequel, “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid.” See photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 The ‘Welcome Back, Kotter’ cast reunites at the 9th Annual TV. »
- Todd Cunningham
Actress Marcia Strassman has passed away after a long battle with breast cancer, according to Deadline. She was 66. Her sister, Julie Strassman, confirmed the news to the publication Sunday afternoon. "She was the funniest, smartest person I ever met, and talented," she shared. "She knew everything. Now I won't be able to call her and ask her questions." When she was 18, Marcia left her hometown in New Jersey to travel west to Los Angeles in hopes of turning her dreams into a reality. In 1975, she received her breakout role in the TV hit, Welcome Back Kotter, where she played Gabe Kaplan's wife. Soon after, the actress received a steady amount of roles in projects such as »
Marcia Strassman, whose TV credits included M*A*S*H and Welcome Back, Kotter, died on Saturday after a seven-year fight with breast cancer, our sister site Deadline reports. She was 66.
Strassman’s professional acting career began in 1964 with appearances on The Patty Duke Show, before playing Nurse Margie Cutler in several episodes of TV’s M*A*S*H adaptation.
On ABC’s Welcome Back, Kotter, which ran from September 1975 to June 1979, she costarred as Julie Kotter, wife to Gabe Kaplan’s titular Brooklyn school teacher.
Strassman’s most recent TV credits include a 2004 stint on Third Watch, TV »
Things are always heating up on TNT’s Dallas, but with Elena sleeping with John Ross to get her hands on the letter that details J.R.’s plan for the Ewings to frame Cliff for his murder, they’re about to reach a boil. One man who always keeps his cool is Patrick Duffy (Bobby), which he proves taking our Pop Culture Personality Test. Watch the video and read the transcript below. Dallas airs Mondays at 9 p.m. Et on TNT.
EW: Who was your first celebrity crush?
Duffy: Lynda Carter. I did a talk show with my wife, »
- Mandi Bierly
"People over here are going, 'What the hell's he doing now?'" Robin Williams says, halfway through his career-making 1982 stand-up special. Then he unleashes a demonic laugh and gives an order. "Catch up!" That was Robin Williams at his best — a wild-eyed one-man comic rampage, riffing at warp speed about sex and drugs and politics, faster than other human brains could follow. The world spent years trying to catch up to Williams — his motormouth energy seemed inexhaustible. He became such a beloved figure, twinkling and grinning in so many feel-good family flicks, »
Comedian David Brenner died today at his home in New York, NY. He was 78. A favorite of Tonight Show host, Johnny Carson, Brenner made over 150 appearances as a guest and substitute host on the NBC latenight show, starting in the ’70s. A contemporary of such stand-up legends as Andy Kaufman, Freddie Prinze and Gabe Kaplan, Brenner made a name for his observational comedic styling accentuated by his toothy grin, wavy hair and lanky demeanor. Brenner was born on Feb. 4, 1936 in Philadelphia, the son of a vaudeville singer and comedian who went under the stage name “Lou Murphy”. Brenner served two years in the Army and after majoring in mass communications at Temple University, he went on to write, direct and produce socially-conscious TV documentaries as the head of the doc department at Westinghouse Broadcasting and Multimedia Broadcasting. Cutting his teeth on the stand-up circuit in New York, in the late ’60s, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
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