Remembering Penny Marshall: Laverne and Her Directing Career

Former American actor  director Penny Marshall

Former American actor director Penny Marshall

Marshall, 75, succumbed to complications from diabetes at her home in Hollywood Hills on Monday night, rep Michelle Bega said.

Penny Marshall attends SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on February 15, 2015 in New York City. Her brother was famed producer and director Garry Marshall, who directed a string of hit movies including "Pretty Woman" and "The Princess Diaries" and died in 2016. "Hanks" reprimand "There's no crying in baseball", from "A League of Their Own", remains quoted on baseball diamonds everywhere.

She is survived by her sister Ronny, daughter Tracy Reiner and three grandchildren, Spencer, Bella and Viva. She also had a recurring role on the sitcom "The Odd Couple", as Myrna Turner, secretary to sportswriter Oscar Madison (played by Jack Klugman).

Hanks, 62, commemorated the Laverne & Shirley actress in a sweet message he shared on Twitter Tuesday.

Penny Marshall attends an event on November 7, 2008, in New York City. The story goes that a producer, having seen real-life friends Goldberg and Marshall at dinner, bet that Marshall could right the troubled production. Besides its many other achievements, this was the first film directed by a woman to gross more than $100 million at the box office, making it essential viewing for cinema history buffs as well as casual viewers. Marshall and Cindy Williams starred in spinoff sitcom after appearing in Happy Days.

Marshall once joked that their epitaphs were already written: "For me, all they'll say is "Laverne" and for Rob all they'll say is "Meathead".

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As someone who makes a living writing about television - and someone of a certain age - my first thought after hearing about Marshall's death was Marshall-as-Laverne, wearing the cursive "L" on her sweater, in "Laverne & Shirley". In 2009, she had lung cancer that metastasized on her brain but told Fox News in 2012, "I'm fine now". She didn't know that I would audition for her forever.

Her directing credits also include "A League of Their Own", "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Awakenings".

Sharing his own tribute for the late actress, Gladiator actor Russell tweeted: 'Yesterday I held a Golden Gloves award from the 1930's, given to me by Penny Marshall. I join the more than 1.4 million residents of this borough in not only mourning her passing, but remembering her legacy as an artist who made us laugh, cry and think.

"She did something most people couldn't do". She brought out the best performances in her actors and, with movies like A League of Their Own, gave us movies to look up to. Beyond doubt she was able to excel at anything she put her world class mind & heart to and, lucky us, she picked comedy and films which celebrated humans. "May she rest in peace".

"Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Penny Marshall", the family said in a statement. Reiner adopted Marshall's daughter, Tracy, whom she had during a previous marriage to athlete Michael Henry. "She could play round ball with the best of them".

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