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