Marcia Strassman (born April 28, 1948 in New York City) is an American actress who is best known for her roles in the TV sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter and the 1989 feature film, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Prior to that, she also had a short-lived recurring role in the TV sitcom, M*A*S*H.
Ms. Strassman is frequently mistaken for WKRP in Cincinnati cast member Jan Smithers, with whom she bears a close resemblance.
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Strassman is frequently mistaken for WKRP in Cincinnati cast member Jan Smithers, with whom she bears a close resemblance. Her suicide has gathered a cruel but grimly amusing story, made into a film by Andy Warhol in 1965 as Lupe. Ms. The drug did not work, instead upsetting her stomach; she actually was found dead in her bathroom, having drowned in the toilet. Prior to that, she also had a short-lived recurring role in the TV sitcom, M*A*S*H. Lupe Vélez committed suicide with Seconal in Beverly Hills, California after the end of her relationship with Harold Raymond, whose child she was carrying. Marcia Strassman (born April 28, 1948 in New York City) is an American actress who is best known for her roles in the TV sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter and the 1989 feature film, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. In 1943 she returned to Mexico and starred in Nana (1944), well received she returned to Hollywood.
She went on to have another emotionally draining affair, this with Gary Cooper. The fraught marriage lasted five years, they repeatedly split and finally divorced in 1938. Emotionally generous, she had a number of highly publicized affairs before marrying Johnny Weissmuller in 1933. Vélez was one of few Hollywood actors to make a successful transition from silent film to 'talkies'.
She largely stuck to lighter roles from then, notably in the Mexcan Spitfire series of seven films (1939-1943). She did a further eighteen films before finding her niche in comedy with Hot Pepper (1933). Her first feature-length film was Douglas Fairbanks' The Gaucho (1927); the next year, she was one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars. She moved to California that year and was first cast in movies by Hal Roach.
She took dancing lessons and in 1924 made her performing debut at the Teatro Principal. She was lightly educated at a convent school in Texas before finding work as a sales assistant. She was born in San Luis Potosí as María Guadalupe Vélez de Villalobos. Lupe Vélez (July 18, 1908 - December 13, 1944) was a Mexican actress.