Penny Marshall dead at 75

Penny Marshall dead at 75

Marshall starred alongside Cindy Williams in the hit ABC comedy "Laverne Shirley, " which aired from 1976 to 1983. Her next film, the Robin Williams and Robert De Niro-starring medical drama Awakenings, earned three Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor for De Niro.

Penny Marshall attends an event on October 26, 2012 in Parsippany, N.J. The 1992 women's baseball comedy A League of Their Own made her the first woman to direct two films topping $100 million at the USA box office. Ava DuVernay, one of the first women of color to direct big-budget movies, said Tuesday: "Thank you, Penny Marshall".

Marshall built her fame as Laverne in Laverne & Shirley, the popular sitcom created by her older brother, Garry Marshall.

Penny Marshall sits courtside at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Feb. 16, 2010. She directed four episodes of the show, eventually going on to to produce and direct feature films, beginning with 1986's Jumpin' Jack Flash, starring Whoopi Goldberg. "Penny Marshall was a pioneer in television and the big screen who understood humor comes in many forms and some of life's deeper truths require a laugh".

Marshall received the 1991 Women In Film Crystal Award and is featured in the WIF Legacy Series for her work as a proponent of women in film and television. She was a very amusing, gifted and deceptively smart woman.

Actress, Director Penny Marshall Dead At 75
Penny Marshall, Who Starred in ‘Laverne and Shirley’ and Directed ‘Big,’ Dead at 75

"They were so winning and they had all these legendary players - Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mantle and Maris - and to have them in the Bronx, which is not the fashion capital of the world, I think is pretty cool", Marshall wrote in the New York Times in 2006. "She was a pioneer. And, she was in a league of her own", he said, recalling one of Marshall´s best-loved movies.

Marshall also produced films, including Cinderella Man, and guest-starred in many TV shows (she appeared in Armisen's Portlandia).

Acclaimed director Ron Howard said Marshall, "made the transition from sitcom star to A List movie director easily & had a major impact on both mediums", in a statement on Twitter. At the time of her death, Marshall was wrapping up production on the documentary Rodman, focusing on the story of NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman. There will be a lot more laughs up in heaven. Penny and Rob were married in 1971, divorced (amicably) 10 years later and shared three grandchildren.

She said her lack of fear of being thrown out of Hollywood helped her succeed. I loved her. Funny, warm, a true individual and remarkable talent.

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