Her Dreams Were Her Ticket Out; Actress Marcia Strassman Dies At 66

Marcia Strassman

Marcia Strassman, fourth from left (third from right), met RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, far right, when DiMaio was touring with Daryl Hall, second from right, and John Oates, second from right, playing backing keyboard.

Sherman Oaks, CA—Marcia Strassman, who gained fame for pretending to laugh at her TV husband’s jokes/stories on “Welcome Back, Kotter,” died after a seven-year battle with breast cancer. She was 66.

Strassman first garnered national attention as Nurse Cutler in six episodes of “M*A*S*H” during the show’s early run. Besides starring with Gabe Kapler in “Kotter,” she also appeared in “Magnum, PI,” “The Love Boat” and “Booker.”

On the big screen, Strassman appeared as Rick Moranis’ wife in “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” and its sequel, the equally-beliveable “Honey, I Blew up the Kid,” as well as the films “Another Stakeout,” “RECOiL” and “Earth Minus Zero.”

Strassman is survived by her brother, sister and daughter, Elizabeth Collector. Continue reading

Source: Suzanne Somers “This Close” To Finally Letting Joyce DeWitt Back Into Show Business

Joyce DeWitt

Suzanne Somers has decided to lift the non-acting decree she placed on DeWitt decades ago. Some are calling Somers’ offer for a role in a rumored Thighmaster commercial an olive branch. Others say Somers is just rubbing salt in the wound.

Los Angeles—A source close to “She’s the Sheriff” actress and fitness queen Suzanne Somers has quietly confirmed exclusively to The Daily Quarterly that Somers is close to reversing her Hollywood edict that Joyce DeWitt, Somers’ former “Three’s Company” co-star, not be allowed any acting jobs under any circumstances.

“Joyce has literally been waiting for this for decades,” the source said under the condition of anonymity. “She’s busy now trying to land herself a new agent, and has been trying to line up auditions, something she hasn’t been able to do since the mid ‘80s.”

Somers first issued the non-acting decree for DeWitt shortly after she was written out of “Three’s Company,” feeling that DeWitt didn’t sufficiently support Somers’ extravagant, outrageous salary and working conditions demands. Once she was off the show, Somers went to work exacting revenge on people on the crew and the producers, but eventually lifted all the decrees, except on DeWitt. Continue reading