Actress Marcia Strassman has passed away at the age of 66 after a long battle with breast cancer.
Strassman, who is best known as Julie Kotter in the 70’s television series “Welcome Back, Kotter”, died on Saturday after battling cancer for seven years.
She played the role of Julie Kotter in the ABC series for four years.
Her sister, Julie Strassman, said of her sister, “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.”
News of Strassman’s death first emerged online, with her friend, director Bob Weide, confirming the sad news.
Marcia was initially a singer when she moved to Los Angeles at the age of 18. She had local success with The Groovy World of Jack and Jill and The Flower Children.
She also had a few TV roles, including three episodes of “The Patty Duke Show”. She later returned to television as a nurse on the popular series “M.A.S.H”.
Strassman had her breakout role in 1975 on “Welcome Back Kotter”, opposite comedian Gabe Kaplan as his wife Julie.
She later had roles on television shows such as “Third Watch”, “Noah Knows Best”, and “The Rockford Files”.
Strassman passed away in her Sherman Oaks, California home, following a seven-year fight with breast cancer.
She is survived by her daughter, New York costume designer Elizabeth “Lizzie” Collector, as well as sister Julie and brother Steven Strassman.
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