Actress And Director Penny Marshall Is Dead At 75

Actress And Director Penny Marshall Is Dead At 75

Marshall's publicist said the actress and director passed away in her Hollywood Hills, California, home on Monday (local time) due to complications from diabetes. He died in 2016.

"Penny was a girl from the Bronx, who came out West, put a cursive "L" on her sweater and transformed herself into a Hollywood success story", said a statement from her family, referring to the monogrammed wardrobe of Marshall's blue-collar protagonist Laverne De Fazio.

Many others from the TV and film community paid tribute to Marshall and her legacy. "The next time we worked together was on that iconic episode of 'Happy Days.' She was so inventive, so amusing and so warm".

The wise-cracking pair, workers in the fictional Shotz Brewery in Milwaukee, proved so popular that Garry created a spinoff. By the 1977-78 season, Laverne & Shirley surpassed Happy Days to reign as TV's No. 1 show.

She starred on "Laverne & Shirley", being cast by her brother, Garry, as a one-half of the titular duo. She appeared as Verna Turner in an uncredited role on "The Codd Couple" in 1974, and was a guest star on her sister's show, "Laverne & Shirley", as Maxine, in 1982 on an episode titled "The Note".

Marshall's directing career started with episodes of that show, and of another sit-com, Working Stiffs, which starred Michael Keaton and James Belushi.

Actress, Director Penny Marshall Dead At 75

"I was way over my head, but somehow I got through it", the self-described "anti-director" once told the New York Times. As the New York Times reported in 1992, "She becomes irritated when asked whether directing League was a consciously feminist act". The film became the first movie ever directed by a woman to make more than $100 million at the box office. It became only the second film by a female director to score an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. She spoke of having lost control of the films. She also grossed more than $100 million with "A League of Their Own". The last film she directed was 2001's "Riding In Cars With Boys" starring Drew Barrymore.

True to self-deprecating form, Marshall never stopped seeing her success as some sort of accident.

Actor Rob Reiner, who was married to Marshall from 1971 to 1981, said she was "born with a funnybone and the instinct of how to use it", in a tweet. "She had learned on TV what people enjoyed, what kind of characters, what kind of performances, and what kind of comedic material". The two split in 1979.

Marshall's two marriages ended in divorce.

The comedic actress had reportedly been battling serious health issues off and on since around 2009, when she was diagnosed with lung cancer that then spread to her brain. "'No matter how many movies I direct, I'll always be Laverne, '" Hallin said she would say. She also dated singer Art Garfunkel for five years. "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".

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