days alum Marsha Kramer passed away
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Former soap opera actress mourned and remembered as hilarious and sweet.

Actress Marsha Kramer, who played Days of our Lives’ Nurse Emily in 2007, passed away on Thursday January 23 at the age of 74. Known for playing Modern Family’s Margaret, it was series casting director Jeff Greenberg who posted the sad news of her death on Twitter and said, “So sad to hear that my long time friend, Marsha Kramer passed away yesterday at the age of 74. She was so delightful in the 14 eps she shot as Margaret on Modern Family over the last 7 yrs, but I’ll always remember her soaring aloft as Wendy to Sandy Duncan’s Peter Pan.” The co-creator and executive producer of Modern Family, Steve Levitan, posted a sample of Kramer’s work on the series and added, “Everyone at @ModernFam is so sad about the passing of Marsha Kramer, who so brilliantly played Jay’s assistant Margaret. She was hilarious and sweet beyond words.” shared the clip below.

Marsha Kramer was born in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA with a degree in Theater Arts and English. She also studied at the Royal Academy in London. Kramer married Jim Keller, who she met while he was working as the theatre manager at Mayfair Music Hall in Santa Monica, in 1986.

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Kramer, a founding and board member of the Musical Theatre Guild in Glendale, and a founding member of Bonnie Franklin’s Classic & Contemporary American Plays, which brings theater into the lives of children of diverse backgrounds, began her acting career in stage productions, notably playing Wendy in Peter Pan on Broadway in 1979. She also shared the stage with Juliet Prowse in Mame and with Carol Burnett in Company. The actress had numerous guest roles on television over the years in series such as The Waltons, The Bob Newhart Show, Cheers, Frasier, Touched by an Angel, Malcolm in the Middle, and NCIS, with a longer stint on Modern Family from 2013 – 2020. Kramer and her husband also ran the family business, Kramer’s Pipe & Tobacco Shop, which was started by her parents and has remained in the same location in Beverly Hills location since 1949.

Marsha Kramer will be missed by her husband, Jim Keller, and their beloved pets.

More: Days alum Norma Michaels dead at 95 extends condolences to the loved ones and colleagues of Marsha Kramer at this sad time. Feel free to take a moment to browse the gallery as we remember other soap opera personalities we’ve lost over the past year.