Tom Hanks, Rob Reiner and more stars mourn Penny Marshall


Penny Marshall, who co-starred in United States comedy show Laverne & Shirley before becoming a successful Hollywood director, has died at 75.

Marshall died peacefully in her Hollywood Hills home on Monday night, December 17, due to complications from diabetes, said Michelle Bega, a spokeswoman for the family.

Celebrities offer their thanks, remembrances and condolences on the death of actress-director Penny Marshall, who died Monday at 75.

Marshall was best known for her 1970s and '80s on-screen antics as beer-bottle capper Laverne DeFazio opposite quirky co-star Cindy Williams, aka Shirley Feeney.

Marshall also had a sports connection in one of her television roles, playing Myra Turner, secretary to sportswriter Oscar Madison, on the TV series "The Odd Couple". She still had Renaissance Man, The Preacher's Wife, and Riding in Cars with Boys, but honestly, with a resume that included Big, Awakening, and A League of Their Own, Marshall should have been able to write her own ticket for much longer. She was also an acclaimed director for movies such as "Big" and "A League of Their Own" both starring Tom Hanks. The film earned almost $108 million and became one of the highest-grossing baseball movies of all time, surpassing "The Natural" (1984) and "Bull Durham" (1988). The 1988 comedy, starring Tom Hanks, is about a 12-year-old boy who wakes up in the body of a 30-year-old New York City man. After starring on creator Garry Marshall's "Happy Days", Ron Howard directed classics like "Splash", while his Imagine Entertainment gave us "Arrested Development". On Marshall's passing, Hanks wrote, "Goodbye, Penny".

Marshall later admitted to ET at a special screening of the action comedy that she was "nervous about an industry screening" but added earnestly, "I hope it goes well". Then, after she and Cindy Williams guested on a scene-stealing 1975 episode of "Happy Days", their characters were spun off to become mid century Milwaukee's sassiest brewery workers, "Laverne & Shirley". "I will be forever grateful to her for letting me be a part of A League of Their Own", she said in a statement. Speaking to the New Yorker in 2012, she said, "I was married twice, and I was with Artie for five years, and anything else you're not hearing about. I will miss her", Reiner said. "She knew comedy. She was very amusing".

Marshall and Laverne & Shirley co-star Cindy Williams have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Image Marshall and Laverne & Shirley co-star Cindy Williams have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Her directing credits also include "A League of Their Own", "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Awakenings". Other items included modern-era National Basketball Association jerseys, with a Michael Jordan jersey she owned selling for more than $52,000, the report said.

Marshall's brother Garry, already established as a writer, coaxed her to move out to Los Angeles in 1967.

She topped $100 million against in 1992 with A League of Their Own. "May she Rest in Peace".

The aspiring actress was hardly blessed with typical Hollywood looks - she once appeared as the "before" photo in an ad for a beauty product, with Farrah Fawcett as the "after" girl - and Marshall never lost the thick accent of her home borough.

She is survived by an older sister, her daughter and three grandchildren. "Tough as nails. She could play round ball with the best of them".

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