Hollywood lost a beloved actress and director today. TMZ reports Penny Marshall has died, reportedly due to complications with diabetes. She was 75-years-old at the time.
Marshall was a fixture on television during the 70s, guest starring in a number of shows including The Odd Couple, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Happy Days. However, it wasn’t until she starred in the mega-hit Laverne & Shirley that propelled her to stardom. The classic sitcom ran for eight seasons.
While she’ll be remembered for playing the wise-cracking Laverne DeFazio, Marshall also made an impact on the big screen. She directed a few blockbusters including Jumpin’ Jack Flash starring Whoopi Goldberg, A League Of Their Own, The Preacher’s Wife starring Whitney Houston and Big with Tom Hanks. Speaking of the latter, working on that film earned her the honor of becoming the first woman to direct a film to gross more than $100 million at the box office.
Our condolences go out to her family and friends during this difficult time.