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Net Worth$1.5 million
Date Of BirthApril 28, 1948
DiedOctober 24, 2014, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseRobert Collector
FactShe was one of eight actors on the steering committee for the Actors' Fund Benefit at the Hollywood Bowl during the 1980 strike.

Marcia Strassman (born April 28, 1948) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Julie Kotter on the ABC sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter (1975–1979) and as Diane Szalinski in the Disney films Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) and its sequel, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992).

Strassman was born in New York City, the daughter of Alice (née Kanner), a homemaker, and Ray Strassman, a businessman. She has two sisters, Mindy and Doreen. Strassman was raised in a Jewish household.

Strassman began her acting career in regional theater productions in New England. She made her television debut in an episode of the CBS soap opera Love of Life in 1974. The following year, she landed her first major role as Julie Kotter on the ABC sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter (1975–1979).

Strassman’s film credits include The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974), Freaky Friday (1976), The Devil’s Rejects (2005), and Big Miracle (2012).

In 1989, Strassman played the lead role of Diane Szalinski in the Disney film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. She reprised her role in the 1992 sequel, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid.

Strassman has been married twice. Her first marriage was to Mark Freedman; they divorced in 1977. She married actor Robert Desiderio in 1982; they have two daughters, Molly and Lily.

Strassman currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

General Info

Full NameMarcia Strassman
Net Worth$1.5 million
Date Of BirthApril 28, 1948
DiedOctober 24, 2014, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height1.77 m
ProfessionActivist, Actor, Model, Singer


SpouseRobert Collector
ChildrenElizabeth Collector
SiblingsJulie Strassman, Steven Strassman


AwardsTV Land Anniversary Award
MoviesHoney, I Shrunk the Kids, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, Another Stakeout, Reeker, Fast Getaway, The Movie Hero, And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird, Earth Minus Zero, Soup for One, The Aviator, Gale Force, Changes, Snowboard Academy
TV ShowsTremors, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Sweet Justice, Booker, E/R, Welcome Back, Kotter, Noah Knows Best, Good Time Harry

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1[on her role in Welcome Back, Kotter (1975)] Five women tested for it. One of them was Farrah Fawcett. She was wonderful, but they said, "We didn't think anyone would believe her with Gabe Kaplan." I said, "You believe me with Gabe Kaplan? Thank you very much."
2[on Welcome Back, Kotter (1975)] I did not particularly enjoy Kotter. I spent much of the four years being frustrated. I didn't have much to do on the show. I was just there when Kotter came home at the end of the day.


1The first name of Marcia Strassman's character on Welcome Back, Kotter (1975), was Julie--the same name as her real-life sister, Julie Strassman-Cohn.
2Daughter, Elizabeth Collector, born in 1987.
3She's the daughter of an auto parts wholesaler.
4Her grandmother was a "Ziegfeld Girl" back in the 1920s.
5Her Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) movie triggered a 3-D entertainment ride at the Disney theme parks.
6Has been very involved in causes, including AIDS Walks, DCC phone bank, Events for Tuesday's Child (organization for kids with AIDS) and the UCLA Breast Cancer Center.
7She was one of eight actors on the steering committee for the Actors' Fund Benefit at the Hollywood Bowl during the 1980 strike.
8Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1982" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 34.
9In April of 1967 she attempted to launch a singing career with a recording of Jerry Goldstein and Lord Tim Hudson's "The Flower Children" song (these two coined the phrase "flower power"). The single was the #1 hit in Los Angeles and San Francisco, but failed to make it to the top 100 nationwide.




Looking for Mr. Right2014TV MovieOpal
Twenty Good Years2006TV SeriesMackenzie
Third Watch2004TV SeriesSergeant Laura Wynn
Tremors2003TV SeriesNancy Sterngood
Power Play2003Susan Breecher
The Movie Hero2003Blake's Mom
Providence2001-2002TV SeriesMeredith
Gale Force2002VideoKim Nelson
Noah Knows Best2000TV SeriesMartine Beznick
Odd Man Out1999TV SeriesWendy Flemming
Baywatch1997TV SeriesRena Jaffe, Jordan's Mother
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters1995-1997TV SeriesHairyette / Harryette / Weatherperson / ...
Rugrats1997TV SeriesMiss Appleby
Tracey Takes On...1997TV SeriesMallory Blair
L.A. Heat1997TV SeriesMartha
Earth Minus Zero1996Debbie Heller
Highlander1996TV SeriesBetsy Fields
The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play1996TV MovieDr. Trish George
Murder, She Wrote1996TV SeriesTerri Garman Holbert
Cops n Roberts1995
Crazy Love1995TV SeriesAllie Singer
Charlie Grace1995TV SeriesAndrea Farrell
Touched by an Angel1995TV SeriesLisa Patcherik
Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare1995TV MovieMargaret McKenna
Sweet Justice1995TV SeriesBunny
Honey, I Shrunk the Audience1994ShortDiane Szalinski (uncredited)
Phenom1994TV SeriesCatherine
Another Stakeout1993Pam O'Hara
Civil Wars1992TV SeriesMarcia Kellogg
Mastergate1992TV MovieMerry Chase
Honey I Blew Up the Kid1992Diane Szalinski
And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird1991Sarah Carson
Fast Getaway1991VideoLorraine
Booker1989-1990TV SeriesAlicia Rudd
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids1989Diane Szalinski
TV 1011989TV SeriesMrs. Myers
CBS Summer Playhouse1988TV SeriesElaine
ABC Afterschool Specials1988TV SeriesMary Watson
I Married Dora1987TV SeriesNina
Haunted by Her Past1987TV MovieRita Kamen
Amazing Stories1987TV SeriesNel Lewise
Stingray1987TV SeriesCouncilwoman Sondra Decker
Shadow Chasers1985TV SeriesStella Pence
The Aviator1985Rose Stiller
E/R1984TV SeriesDr. Eve Sheridan
At Ease1983TV SeriesOlivia Taylor
Magnum, P.I.1982TV SeriesDr. Karen Harmon
Soup for One1982Maria
Likely Stories, Vol. 11981TV Movie
Good Time Harry1980TV SeriesCarol Younger
Brave New World1980TV MovieLenina Disney
Once Upon a Family1980TV MoviePam Ferguson
The Rockford Files1979TV SeriesWhitney Cox
Welcome Back, Kotter1975-1979TV SeriesJulie Kotter
Time Express1979TV SeriesSara Mason
Fantasy Island1978TV SeriesKay Penny / Katherine Patrino
The Love Boat1978TV SeriesStephanie Lewis
The Love Boat II1977TV MoviePat McFarland
Brenda Starr1976TV MovieKentucky Smith
City of Angels1976TV Series
Journey from Darkness1975TV MovieNancy
Marcus Welby, M.D.1974TV Series
Police Story1974TV SeriesJacqueline
Love Story1973TV Series
M*A*S*H1972-1973TV SeriesNurse Margie Cutler
Wednesday Night Out1972TV Movie
Changes1969Kristine, Reporter
Ironside1967TV SeriesSamantha Dain
The Patty Duke Show1964-1965TV SeriesAdeline / Gladys / Model


Arena1987TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
David Letterman's Holiday Film Festival1985TV Movie performer: "You Wouldn't Believe Our World", "We Go To Rio", "We Hide Our Pride"


Everyday1978TV SeriesHerself
Family Feud1978TV SeriesHerself
The Alan Hamel Show1977-1978TV SeriesHerself
Dinah!1977TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1976TV SeriesHerself - Actress
The 9th Annual TV Land Awards2011TV SpecialHerself
Good Morning America2011TV SeriesHerself
Stand Up to Cancer2010TV SpecialHerself
TV Land Confidential2007TV Series documentaryHerself - Interviewee
ABC's 50th Anniversary Celebration2003TV Special documentaryHerself
Revealed with Jules Asner2003TV SeriesHerself - Guest
M*A*S*H: TV Tales2002TV Special documentaryHerself
E! True Hollywood Story2000TV Series documentaryHerself
Truth Behind the Sitcom Scandals 52000TV Movie documentaryHerself
Honey I Blew Up the Kid: The Making of 'Honey I Blew Up the Kid'1992Video documentary shortDiane Szalinski
The Chuck Woolery Show1991TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHerself
David Letterman's Holiday Film Festival1985TV MovieHerself (segment "The Making Of You Wouldn't Believe Our World")
Sunday Night Live1984TV MovieHerself - Host

Archive Footage

The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2015TV SpecialHerself - In Memoriam
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHerself - Welcome Back Kotter


Nominated Awards

1993Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActressHoney I Blew Up the Kid (1992)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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