Sunday, October 26, 2014

RIP Marcia Strassman

From USA Today News: Marcia Strassman, a versatile actress who was best known for her role as Gabe Kaplan's wife on the 1970s sitcom Welcome Back Kotter, died on Friday, according to reports. She was 66...
Strassman, who also made appearances on M*A*S*H and other 1970s TV series, gained fame as Julie Kotter in ABC's Welcome Back, Kotter. The show centered around her TV husband (Kaplan), who returned to his Brooklyn school to teach a classroom full of misfits that included future superstar John Travolta.
Her big-screen work included the popular 1989 film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids with Rick Moranis and its 1992 sequel, Honey I Blew Up the Kids.
Strassman also spent many years as a national board member of the Screen Actors Guild.
She's the third Welcome Back, Kotter castmate to die in recent years. In 2012, Ron Palillo, who played Horshack, and Robert Hegyes, who played Epstein, both passed away.
I have to admit that Strassman was my first crush on a television actress, along with Pam Dawber when she played on Mork and Mindy.
But, besides beautiful, she was also a very good actress and she will be missed.

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