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.
— ROSIE (@Rosie) December 18, 2018
One of the greatest scenes in sports cinema
R.I.P. Penny Marshall pic.twitter.com/Los3DFqUv9
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 18, 2018
Penny Marshall, ‘Laverne & Shirley’ star and ‘Big’ Filmmaker, passed away. She was 75. Thank you for so many laughs and smiles…. pic.twitter.com/BVuDBSg4St
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 18, 2018
R.I.P. Penny Marshall. So talented and funny. A big loss.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) December 18, 2018
As a comedian, actor and director, Penny Marshall was truly in a league of her own. She’ll be missed. pic.twitter.com/xX7CfMWot0
— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) December 18, 2018
R.I.P. Penny Marshall (1943-2018)
📸: On the set of AWAKENINGS with Robin Williams and Robert De Niro. pic.twitter.com/EoD3wDd8Jz
— Film Society of Lincoln Center (@FilmLinc) December 18, 2018
Oh Penny Marshall. 💔 Rest In Peace and thank you for everything.❤️
— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) December 18, 2018
Mourning the loss of a funny, poignant, and original American voice. Penny Marshall was a pioneer in television and the big screen who understood humor comes in many forms and some of life’s deeper truths require a laugh. She will be missed. May she RIP.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) December 18, 2018
I grew up wanting to be as funny as Penny Marshall, and had the pleasure of meeting her a few times. Watch some old Laverne and Shirley to see why her brother Garry insisted on casting her. Comedy gold, she was. ♥️ pic.twitter.com/DhP10j7m8s
— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) December 18, 2018
I always loved this picture because it was my way of emulating the great Penny Marshall. I’m sad to read she has passed. Director, producer and actress who had the humor, wit and fortitude to stand equally with the boys in Hollywood. Goodbye Penny, we will miss you. RIP pic.twitter.com/gqa9w3TEOh
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) December 18, 2018
Condolences to the family of Penny Marshall. She was a true treasure! 😢 pic.twitter.com/BtM46dAnYq
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) December 18, 2018
Yesterday I held a Golden Gloves award from the 1930’s, given to me by Penny Marshall.
Hadn’t seen it in years.
Then today’s news…
Penny told me the story of Jim Braddock, which became the movie Cinderella Man. She was kind, she was crazy,so talented and she loved movies. RIP
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) December 18, 2018
Penny Marshall was a loyal friend, a pioneer for women in film, and true supporter of women in the industry. Rest In Peace my friend. pic.twitter.com/UL2yAgbNUr
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) December 18, 2018