Hollywood Pays Tribute to ‘Trailblazer,’ ‘Pioneer’ Penny Marshall

Actress Penny Marshall poses on arrival for the film premiere of 'New Year's Eve' at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood
TMZ: Actress Penny Marshall, known for TV’s ‘Laverne & Shirley,’ dead at 75
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19 December, 2018

"Our family is heartbroken", the Marshall family said in a statement. The cheerful theme song that opened the show included the lyric "We're gonna make our dreams come true", but these girls-we thought of them as girls at the time, because they were sort of like us, and we were girls-weren't exactly go-getters.

Marshall rocketed to fame in the 1970s for her role as the titular Laverne DeFazio in the TV sitcom Laverne & Shirley, for which she earned three Golden Globe nominations.

After hearing about her passing, big names in Hollywood mourned her loss, including Rosie O'Donnell and Elizabeth Banks.

Penny Marshall attends an event on October 26, 2012 in Parsippany, N.J.

Big was a huge success and became the first feature film directed by a woman to gross more than $100 million. "I will be forever grateful to her for letting me be a part of A League of Their Own". That, too, crossed $100 million, making $107.5 million domestically. In it, a young Marshall is seen posing with Carrie Fisher, her good friend, who died nearly exactly two years ago.

After moving out west, Marshall became a dedicated Los Angeles Lakers fan and a courtside regular.

Marshall, the younger sister of successful TV and film director and producer Garry Marshall, turned to directing after her series ended.

Actor James Woods wrote online, "I am absolutely devastated".

Marshall often shrugged off similar criticism, telling the New York Times, "But I like corny".

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They say the cause of death was complications from diabetes.

She worked with Robin Williams, Robert DeNiro and Tom Hanks, that is awesome.

Her birthday was October 15, 1943.

In between her collaborations with Hanks, Marshall - who was the first-ever celebrity guest star on The Simpsons, playing a bitter babysitter in the first season finale - directed Awakenings. To the Academy's shame, Marshall was not nominated for Best Director. "We've always said it's because we never liked the same drugs or men, but I know there's more to it". Marshall and Cindy Williams co-starred as employees in a Milwaukee beer-bottling plant who roomed together and shared misadventures in dating and on the job. So many laughs. She had a heart of gold.

Rob tweeted he was "So sad about Penny" shortly after the news broke.

"I led an oddly charmed life for someone who thought she was not a charming person", Marshall once observed.

Actress Olivia Munn commended her incredible directorial accomplishments.

"Thank you, Penny Marshall".


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