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Penny Marshall Dead at 75

Penny Marshall

Penny Marshall,  actress, comedian and director has died.

“Yes she did (die) … peacefully at her Hollywood Hills home,” said her publicist publicist Michelle Bega. “She passed away from complications from diabetes.”

Penny became famous from her sitcom, “Laverne & Shirley,” which became a monster hit in 1976.

Penny’s accomplishments were only beginning.  She directed Tom Hanks in “Big” in 1988.  She was the first woman in history to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million.

Penny also directed “A League of Their Own,” and “Awakenings” starring Robin Williams.

Her first shot in the director’s chair came in 1985, when pal Whoopi Goldberg urged her to take the job for the movie “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”

She was married to actor Rob Reiner in 1971, with the pair divorcing a decade later. She had actually tried out for the role of Gloria on “All In the Family,” losing out to Sally Struthers for the role opposite Reiner.

Marshall once joked that their epitaphs were already written: “For me, all they’ll say is ‘Laverne’ and for Rob all they’ll say is ‘Meathead.’”

The New York native was a die-hard fan of the New York Knicks, seen often in the crowd at Madison Square Garden, and a collector of sports memorabilia.