there's one thing we can learn from the life of Marcia Strassman, it's this:
never trust an asshole.
Most of us remember Strassman from the four years she spent playing sweet,
serious Julie Kotter, wife and comedic foil of Gabe Kaplan's character on the
show Welcome Back, Kotter
. But her four years on Kotter
were miserable, especially after she learned that Kaplan wanted her fired from
the show. It was only after she eventually talked to a People
reporter in 1978 about the tensions on set that Kaplan realized they'd both
been set up by producer James Komack, with each of them being told that the other
loathed them. Kaplan was horrified; he had actually campaigned for more time
with Strassman onscreen, thinking (rightly) that the show had become unbalanced
in favour of the Sweathogs. He called Strassman and immediately cleared up the
misunderstanding, and the two reconciled publicly on the Tonight Show
neither ever forgave Komack. Kaplan later said that Komack's lies were intended
to divide the cast so that they'd rely on Komack, the "big daddy,"
and not each other.
Luckily Strassman's time on Kotter
didn't discourage her from
acting. She got steady work (including co-star billing in the Honey, I
Shrunk the Kids
franchise) until she was diagnosed with breast cancer in
Marcia Strassman died of her cancer in Los Angeles on October 24, at the age of
66. It's up Drunkasaskunk's nose with a rubber hose for picking her in the AO
Deadpool and picking up 16 points.
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