I represent the first generation who, when we were born, the television was now a permanent fixture in our homes. When I was born people had breakfast with Barbara Walters, dinner with Walter Cronkite, and slept with Johnny Carson.
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Sunday, October 26, 2014
Marcia Strassman died today from breast cancer. She was 66 years old.
Her debut single, "The Flower Children", was a top-40 hit in many West Coast U.S. markets, hitting #4 in San Diego and #2 in San Francisco; the track also hit #2 in Vancouver, British Columbia (both at CKLG 730 AM and CFUN 1410 AM in July 1967). However, the single failed to break out nationally in either country; the record stalled at #103 in the U.S., and just sneaked into RPM's Top 100 for Canada, peaking at #95. Strassman's follow-up release, "The Groovy World of Jack & Jill," charted in Denver but virtually nowhere else. A third single, 1968's "Star Gazer" (produced by Kim Fowley), failed to chart anywhere and brought Strassman's brief recording career to a close.
Returning to acting after a gap of a few years, Strassman landed the recurring role of nurse Margie Cutler in the earliest episodes of M*A*S*H. She appeared in six episodes.
In 1980, she starred as Lenina Crowne in a TV production of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, she also costarred in the short-lived sitcom Good Time Harry that year. She guest-starred several times on Magnum, P.I., first introduced in the episode "Heal Thyself" where she played Dr. Karen Harmon, a former nurse he served with in Vietnam, who became a doctor after returning home. In 1982, she played Maria in the romantic comedy Soup For One.