Filmmaker & Comedian Penny Marshall Dead at 75

Dec 19, 2018, 02:24
Filmmaker & Comedian Penny Marshall Dead at 75

Marshall became best known as Laverne on the hit sitcom "Laverne & Shirley", a "Happy Days" spin-off that was on the air from 1976-83.

Some of her directing credits include the 1986 film Jumping' Jack Flash, as well as the 1988 fantasy comedy movie Big.

"We hope her life continues to inspire others to spend time with family, work hard and make all of their dreams come true", Bega said.

Philip Ramey  Corbis via Getty Images Penny Marshall sits courtside at Staples Center in Los Angeles Feb. 16 2010
Philip Ramey Corbis via Getty Images Penny Marshall sits courtside at Staples Center in Los Angeles Feb. 16 2010

Marshall was the sister of late film director, Gary Marshall, who died in 2016. "She'd come home in tears", Garry Marshall once told the New York Times. "Watch some old Laverne and Shirley to see why her brother Garry insisted on casting her. Comedy gold, she was".

Marshall is survived by her daughter Tracy Reiner, whom she had with her first husband Michael Henry and was later adopted by Marshall's second husband, director Rob Reiner.

Comedy baseball movie A League Of Their Own was another critical and box office hit and was selected for preservation in the US National Film Registry in 2012 for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

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Penny Marshall attends an event on October 26, 2012 in Parsippany, N.J.

Rosie O'Donnell posted a K-Mart commercial she and Marshall starred in together. "He created a show ['Laverne & Shirley"] for her and I know she was heart-broken when he passed. I was very lucky to have lived with her and her funnybone.

In between "Big" and "A League of Their Own", Marshall made the Oliver Sacks adaptation "Awakenings", with Robin Williams and Robert De Niro. "She had learned on TV what people enjoyed, what kind of characters, what kind of performances, and what kind of comedic material. When she says it about somebody else, you laughed, but when it was you, you didn't laugh so much".

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Reiner paid tribute to his former wife, saying on Twitter: "I loved Penny".

Filmmaker Kevin Smith wrote about her influence as well.

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