Honey I Shrunk The Kids
Marcia Strassman in Honey I Shrunk The KidsDisney

Marcia Strassman, best known for roles in 1989 family comedy Honey I Shrunk The Kids and TV series Welcome Back Kotter, has died at the age of 66.

Strassman's sister Julie confirmed to Deadline that the actress died at her California home after a seven-year fight with breast cancer.

"She was the funniest, smartest person I ever met," said Julie. "And talented. She knew everything. Now I won't be able to call her and ask her questions."

Singer Cher, a friend of Strassman, also paid tribute in a tweet sent yesterday...

Her biggest success came opposite Rick Moranis in Honey I Shrunk The Kids and its sequel Honey I Blew Up The Kids, in which she played Diane Szalinski, the wife of Moranis' scientist character.

She enjoyed a lengthy career largely spent on television shows like Welcome Back Kotter, Booker, Good Time Harry and Tremors. She also starred opposite Superman actor Christopher Reeve in 1985's The Aviator.

Strassman's long-time friend, Curb Your Enthusiasm director Bob Weide, said of her: "So sad that a sweet friend, kind person & wonderful actress Marcia Strassman lost her brave battle with cancer today."

She was born in New York City on 28 April 1948, moving to Los Angeles when she was 18 to work as a singer in the 1960s before moving on to television and the big screen.

She is survived by her costume designer daughter Elizabeth Collector and brother Steven.