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Marcia Strassman From 'Honey I Shrunk The Kids' Dead At 66

Actress got one of her breaks working with John Travolta on 'Welcome Back, Kotter.'

Actress Marcia Strassman died on Saturday at age 66 after a long battle with cancer. The New York native is best known for her roles in "Honey I Shurnk the Kids" and its sequel, "Honey I Blew Up the Kid," as well as a long career in TV and movies that included appearances on shows such as "Welcome Back, Kotter," "M*A*S*H," "The Rockford Files" and "Tremors."

Strassman was born on April, 28, 1948 in New York and moved to Los Angeles when she was 18 to pursue a career in show business. She got her first break in 1964 with a bit part on "The Patty Duke Show" and had a few small TV gigs before landing a recurring role in the 1972 season of the Korean war comedy "M*A*S*H." Her big break, though, came in 1975 when she began playing Julie, wife of "Welcome Back, Kotter" star Gabe Kaplan, in the series that helped launch John Travolta's career.

She continued working steadily throughout the 1970s and 1980s, reaching her biggest audience in 1989 when she played mom Diane Szalinski opposite Rick Moranis in the Disney smash "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" and its 1992 sequel, "Honey I Blew Up the Kid."

According to reports, Strassman died on Saturday at her California home after a seven-year battle against breast cancer.