Actress and director Penny Marshall has passed away at the age of 75. She passed from a complications from diabetes; her brother & producer Garry passed away in 2016. Penny was famous for Laverne from Laverne & Shirley as well as appearing in The Odd Couple, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Happy Days, The Grasshopper, 1941, The Hard Way, Hocus Pocus, and many other movies & TV shows. She then turned to directing and directed such movies like Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Big, Awakenings, A League of Their Own, Renaissance Man, The Preacher’s Wife and Riding in Cars with Boys. Time to go watch A League of Their Own now…
Actress Penny Marshall, who found fame in TV’s “Laverne & Shirley” before going on to direct such beloved films as “Big” and “A League of Their Own,” has died. She was 75.
Marshall died peacefully in her Hollywood Hills home on Monday night due to complications from diabetes, said Michelle Bega, a spokeswoman for the family.
“Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Penny Marshall,” the Marshall family said in a statement.
Marshall, whose real name was Carole Marshall, grew up in the Bronx. Her brother was famed producer and director Garry Marshall, who directed a string of hit movies including “Pretty Woman” and “The Princess Diaries” and died in 2016.
Describing her upbringing, Marshall, who wrote a memoir titled “My Mother Was Nuts,” once said, “you had to form a sense of humor or else you’d kill yourself.”