SAG-AFTRA celebrates the life of member Marcia Strassman, who died on Friday at the age of 66. Strassman, best known for her role as Julie Kotter on the 1970s ABC comedy Welcome Back Kotter, served on the SAG National Board in 2002 and again from 2010-12. She also served on the AFTRA National Board from 2011-12, and then on the SAG-AFTRA National Board from 2012-13.
“Marcia was a multi-talented artist and her legendary roles in Welcome Back Kotter and Honey, I Shrunk The Kids will live forever for generations to enjoy,” said SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard. “We are grateful for the many years we had with Marcia and for her excellent service to SAG-AFTRA members through her numerous committee posts and as an elected member of the national board of this union. She was delightful to be around and always, always funny. I will miss her dearly."
Over the years, Strassman was a member of numerous SAG committees, including the National Executive Committee, Awards Committee, Women’s Committee, Agents Relations Committee, Merger Task Force and the TV/Theatrical Negotiating Committee, and she was elected to be an AFTRA convention delegate in 2009 and 2011.
Strassman joined SAG in 1964 and AFTRA in 1966. She was also well-known for her film role as the wife and mother in Disney’s successful comedy franchise Honey, I Shrunk The Kids and Honey, I Blew Up The Kid. In addition to acting, Strassman also achieved success as a recording artist in the late 1960s, and is best known for her Top 40 song “The Flower Children.”