Marcia Strassman

Marcia Strassman

Born: April 28, 1948
Died: October 24, 2014 (at age 66)
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.

Marcia Ann Strassman (April 28, 1948 - October 24, 2014) was an American actress and singer, best known for her roles as Nurse Margie Cutler in M*A*S*H, as Julie Kotter in Welcome Back, Kotter and as Diane Szalinski in the 1989 feature film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids; its sequel Honey, I Blew Up the Kid; and the 3-D film spin-off Honey, I Shrunk the Audience!, which was shown at several Disney theme parks through mid-2010.

Life and career

Strassman was born in New York City and raised in Passaic, New Jersey. Among her earliest acting credits was an appearance in an episode of The Patty Duke Show. In 1963, at age 15, she succeeded Liza Minnelli in the role of Ethel Hofflinger in the Off-Broadway musical Best Foot Forward.

In 1967, she became a recording artist for Uni Records. Her debut single, "The Flower Children", was a top-40 hit in many West Coast U.S. markets, hitting #4 in San Diego and #2 in San Francisco; the track also hit #3 in Vancouver, British Columbia (both at CKLG 730 AM and CFUN 1410 AM in July 1967). However, the single failed to break out nationally in either country; the record stalled at #105 in the U.S., and just sneaked into RPM's Top 100 for Canada, peaking at #95.

Her follow-up release, "The Groovy World of Jack & Jill", charted in Denver, Colorado, but virtually nowhere else. A third single, 1968's "Star Gazer" (produced by Kim Fowley), failed to chart anywhere and brought Strassman's brief recording career to a close. Returning to acting after a gap of a few years, she landed the recurring role of nurse Margie Cutler in six early episodes of M*A*S*H.

She landed her best-known role as Julie Kotter, the wife of title character high school teacher Gabe Kotter (Gabriel "Gabe" Kaplan) in the ABC comedy series Welcome Back, Kotter in 1975. The series lasted four years. Strassman was told that co-star Kaplan wanted her off the show and she stated in an interview that working on the show made her "miserable". Kaplan read the interview and realized series producer James Komack was separately telling the two actors they didn't like each other, and Kaplan informed Strassman that he actually wanted more balance between Kotter's work and home environments, which would afford Strassman the chance to do more on the series. Kaplan, a guest host on The Tonight Show that week, had Strassman on to tell the story as an interview guest; she recalled the incident decades later on a Biography Channel special about the history of Kotter.

In the 1970s, Strassman appeared as a guest star on Time Express, The Rockford Files, The Love Boat and other primetime dramas. In 1980, she starred as Lenina Crowne in a television production of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. She co-starred in the short-lived sitcom Good Time Harry that year. She guest-starred several times on Magnum, P.I., first introduced in the episode "Heal Thyself", where she played Dr. Karen Harmon, a former nurse with whom the title character served in Vietnam. In 1982, she played Maria in the romantic comedy Soup for One.

In 1989-90, she had a co-starring role in the 21 Jump Street spinoff, Booker, which starred Richard Grieco in the title role. She guest starred on Murder She Wrote in 1996. Strassman had movie roles as the wife of Rick Moranis' scientist character in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) and Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992). In 1994, she reprised her role from those movies in the 3-D film spin-off Honey, I Shrunk the Audience!. She later went on to play Nancy Sterngood in the TV show, Tremors (2003).


In March 2007, Strassman was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer that had spread to her bones. She died of the disease at her home in Sherman Oaks, California, on October 24, 2014. She was 66 years old, and is survived by her sister Julie, her brother Steven and her daughter, Elizabeth Collector.



Year Title Role Notes
1969 Changes Kristine
1982 Soup for One Maria
1985 The Aviator Rose Stiller
1989 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Diane Szalinski
1991 Fast Getaway Lorraine
1991 And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird Sarah Carson
1992 Honey, I Blew Up the Kid Diane Szalinski Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1993 Another Stakeout Pam O'Hara
1994 Honey, I Shrunk the Audience! Diane Szalinski Short film
1995 Cops n Roberts
1996 Earth Minus Zero Debbie Heller
1996 Highlander: The Series Betsy Fields
2002 Gale Force Kim Nelson
2003 The Movie Hero Blake's Mom
2003 Power Play Susan Breecher
2005 Reeker Rose Tuckey


Year Title Role Notes
1964 - 1965 The Patty Duke Show Adeline / Gladys / Model 3 Episodes
1967 Ironside Samantha Dain 1 Episode, The Man Who Believed
1972 Wednesday Night Out TV Movie
1972 - 1973 M*A*S*H Nurse Margie Cutler 6 Episodes
1973 Love Story 1 Episode, Mirabelle's Summer
1974 Police Story Jacqueline 1 Episode, The Ripper
1974 Marcus Welby, M.D. 1 Episode, The Latch-Key Child
1975 Journey from Darkness Nancy TV Movie
1975 - 1979 Welcome Back, Kotter Julie Kotter 94 Episodes
1976 City of Angels 1 Episode, The Losers
1976 Brenda Starr Kentucky Smith TV Movie
1977 The Love Boat II Pat McFarland TV Movie
1978 The Love Boat Stephanie Lewis 1 Episode, Last of the Stubings/Million Dollar Man/The Sisters
1978 Fantasy Island Kay Penny / Katherine Patrino 1 Episode, The Funny Girl/Butch and Sundance
1979 Time Express Sara Mason 1 Episode, Rodeo/Cop
1979 The Rockford Files Whitney Cox 2 Episodes
1980 Once Upon a Family Pam Ferguson TV Movie
1980 Brave New World Lenina Disney TV Movie
1980 Good Time Harry Carol Younger 7 Episodes
1981 Likely Stories, Vol. 1 TV Movie
1982 Magnum, P.I. Dr. Karen Harmon 1 Episode, Heal Thyself
1983 At Ease Olivia Taylor 1 Episode, Love Sick
1984 E/R Dr. Eve Sheridan 2 Episodes
1985 Shadow Chasers Stella Pence 1 Episode, Shadow Chasers: Part 1
1987 Stingray Councilwoman Sondra Decker 1 Episode, Gemini
1987 Amazing Stories Nel Lewise 1 Episode, Such Interesting Neighbors
1987 Haunted by Her Past Rita Kamen TV Movie
1987 I Married Dora Nina 1 Episode, A Matter of Moulding
1988 ABC Afterschool Specials Mary Watson 1 Episode, Daddy Can't Read
1988 CBS Summer Playhouse Elaine 1 Episode, Tickets, Please
1989 TV 101 Mrs. Myers 3 Episodes
1989 - 1990 Booker Alicia Rudd 22 Episodes
1992 Mastergate Merry Chase TV Movie
1992 Civil Wars Marcia Kellogg 1 Episode, A Bus Named Desire
1994 Phenom Catherine 1 Episode, Men Are Dogs
1995 Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare Margaret McKenna TV Movie
1995 Touched by an Angel Lisa Patcherik 1 Episode, Interview with an Angel
1995 Charlie Grace Andrea Farrell 1 Episode, Bring Me the Head of Darnell Sims
1995 - 1997 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Hairyette / Harryette / Weatherperson 5 Episodes
1996 Murder, She Wrote Terri Garman Holbert 1 Episode, The Dark Side of the Door
1996 The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play Dr. Trish George TV Movie
1996 Highlander Betsy Fields 1 Episode, Glory Days
1997 L.A. Heat Martha 1 Episode, Rap Sheet
1997 Tracey Takes On... Mallory Blair 1 Episode, Politics
1997 Rugrats Miss Appleby 1 Episode, Dust Bunnies/Educating Angelica
1997 Baywatch Rena Jaffe, Jordan's Mother 1 Episode, Out of the Blue
1999 Odd Man Out Wendy Flemming 1 Episode, Batman Forever
2000 Noah Knows Best Martine Beznick 13 Episodes
2001 - 2002 Providence Meredith 8 Episodes
2003 Tremors Nancy Sterngood 13 Episodes
2004 Third Watch Sergeant Laura Wynn 4 Episodes
2006 Twenty Good Years Mackenzie 1 Episode, The Crying Game
2014 Looking for Mr. Right Opal TV Movie


  • "The Flower Children" / "Out Of The Picture" (1967)
  • "The Groovy World Of Jack & Jill" / "The Flower Shop" (1967)
  • "Self-Analysis" / "Star Gazer" (1968)

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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