Laverne and Shirley star Penny Marshall dies at 75

Laverne and Shirley star Penny Marshall dies at 75

Penny Marshall, who co-starred in USA comedy show Laverne & Shirley before becoming a successful Hollywood director, has died at 75.

On Tuesday, following news of Marshall's death, Reiner wrote in a statement posted to social media: "I loved Penny".

Marshall rocketed to fame in the 1970s for her role as the titular Laverne DeFazio in the TV sitcom Laverne & Shirley, for which she earned three Golden Globe nominations.

Marshall also had a sports connection in one of her television roles, playing Myra Turner, secretary to sportswriter Oscar Madison, on the TV series "The Odd Couple".

The success of Big made Marshall the first woman to direct a film that made more than $100m at the USA box office. And with the movie 'Big, ' with Tom Hanks in that starring role and her behind the camera, that was the first time a female director ever put out a movie that hit $100 million at the box office. "Hanks" reprimand from "A League of Their Own" - "There's no crying in baseball!" - remains quoted on baseball diamonds everywhere. After a stint at the University of New Mexico and while raising a daughter on her own, Marshall moved to Los Angeles, where her older brother Garry was an established comedy writer.

"Like it or not, most people don't want Milwaukee to be known as the city of 'Laverne and Shirley, ' but it was a amusing show". She followed up with the medical drama "Awakenings" (1990), starring Robin Williams as a shy doctor and Robert De Niro as his patient who wakes up from a 30-year coma.

Marshall often shrugged off similar criticism, telling the New York Times: "But I like corny". The story goes that a producer, having seen real-life friends Goldberg and Marshall at dinner, bet that Marshall could right the troubled production. With "Big", starring Tom Hanks, Marshall became the first woman in history to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million.

Like a lot of people weaned on sitcoms, I'll always have fond memories of Laverne & Shirley, in particular the hilarious comic chemistry Marshall shared with her costar Cindy Williams.

"Rest In Peace #PennyMarshall your #love #kindness and #generosity will be missed by my family and I", Thomas said. Marshall's brother, Garry Marshall, cast her and Cindy Williams as the boisterous friends who work in a brewery in Milwaukee. "It would have been known only to those who lived in that area at that time".

In 1995, Ronny Marshall reunited with her college sweetheart, Peter Babcock, after more than 42 years apart, according to an article in The Rock Island Dispatch-Argus.

"Jumpin' Jack Flash" did fair business, but Marshall's next film, "Big", was a major success. "I will be forever grateful to her for letting me be a part of A League of Their Own", Davis said.

The Marshall family said in a statement: "Our family is heartbroken". "She had an instinct for that, and that's what her films represented". "Tough as nails. She could play round ball with the best of them".

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