Penny Marshall has passed away. The actor/director died in Los Angeles from complications of diabetes on earlier today at the age of 75.
Her parents’ background in entertainment, along with her brother, Garry Marshall’s, background as a comedy writer and her sister’s background as a casting director and producer, gave rise to Penny Marshall’s career in the industry. She shot to fame in the 1970s for her role as Laverne DeFazio on the Happy Days television spin-off sitcom ‘Laverne & Shirley’ (1976–1983).
Penny Marshall went on to direct several successful feature films since the mid-1980s, including 1988’s Big starring Tom Hanks (the first film directed by a woman to gross over US$100 million), Awakenings, A League of Their Own, and The Preacher’s Wife (in 1996) starring Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston. In 1991, she was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award.
She was married to actor/director Rob Reiner for ten years, from 1971 to 1981. Penny also had a brief relationship with singer Art Garfunkel in the mid-1980s, and he credits her with helping him through his depression. Their friendship stayed strong even after their romantic relationship ended.
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