Penny Marshall was in the TV show Laverne & Shirley.
Penny Marshall passed away at the age of 75 due to complications from diabetes. She died while at her home in Hollywood Hills. Her former Laverne & Shirley co-star, Cindy Williams, commented saying that this is an extraordinary loss and that her family, fans, and colleagues are all heartbroken by her death. Her brother, Garry Marshall (1934-2016), who was also an actor, director, and producer, created Laverne & Shirley.
Marshall and Williams had great chemistry on the set. They were a great team together, as Laverne & Shirley ran from 1976 to 1983. There were a few bumps in the road. During Happier Days, Williams feels her character was getting slighted. As a result, she walked off set. In 1982, Williams ended up leaving Laverne & Shirley. She was pregnant and when signing her latest contract, she found out that she’d have to turn up for work on her due date. The problem could never get worked out, so she left.
The show went on without Williams, with Marshall acting and continuing on. The show ended a year after Williams left the show. Marshall and Williams grew closer over the decades.
Marshall also went on to be a director and producer.
Marshall directed the 1988 movie Big which starred Tom Hanks. With Big, she became the first woman in history to direct a film that made over $100 million. She also directed A League of Their Own (1992) which also grossed more than $100 million. A couple other movies on her resume of directing are Awakenings (1990) and The Preacher’s Wife (1996). Her family refers to Marshall as “a tomboy who loved sports, doing puzzles. She also enjoyed drinking milk & Pepsi together, and being with her family.”
She was from the Bronx and went out west, placed a cursive “L” on her sweater and became a Hollywood success. Did you like the show Laverne & Shirley or any of her movies that she directed? What is your favorite project of hers? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you.