Marcia Strassman, a star of the TV series 70s Welcome Back, Kotter and the film Honey I Shrunk the Kids, died of breast cancer at the age of 66 on Oct. 25.

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.

Strassman first got her big break on television in 1975 when she won a starring role on the hit show Welcome Back, Kotter opposite Gabe Kaplan and John Travolta.

No stranger to television, Strassman was a frequent guest star on shows throughout the 80s. In 1989, she starred as Diane Szalinski – the mother – in Honey I Shrunk the Kids opposite Rick Moranis. Most recently, Strassman appeared in the TV film Looking for Mr. Right, and she also served as a member of the Screen Actors Guild national board.

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