Actress Marcia Strassman has passed away after a long battle with breast cancer, according to Deadline. She was 66.

Her sister, Julie Strassman, confirmed the news to the publication Sunday (27th Oct) afternoon. “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,” she shared.

Marcia Strassman Dead
Source: IMDB

When she was 18, Marcia left her hometown in New Jersey to travel west to Los Angeles in hopes of turning her dreams into a reality. In 1975, she received her breakout role in the TV hit, “Welcome Back Kotter”, where she played Gabe Kaplan’s wife. Soon after, the actress received a steady amount of roles in projects such as “Tremors”, “Third Watch”, “Providence”, and “The Rockford Files”.

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Marcia not only conquered the small screen – she also found big success in movies as she starred in “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” (1989) and it’s subsequent sequel, “Honey, I Blew Up The Kids” (1992). Who can forget Diane Szalinski?

Marcia Strassman Diane Szalinski
Marcia Strassman As Diane Szalinski in “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids”

Marcia’s last role was in Hallmark Channel’s “Looking for Mr. Right”. The TV movie, also starring Vivica A. Fox, premiered this past summer.

In lieu of flowers, Marcia’s sister has asked fans to consider donating to an organisation fighting cancer in her name.

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