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Penny Marshall, 'Laverne & Shirley' Actor, Dies at 75

Updated On 19 Dec, 2018 Published On

Penny Marshall, the actress best known for appearing on Laverne & Shirley, died on Monday, December 17, in her home in Hollywood Hills, multiple sources have confirmed. She was 75.

As for the cause of death, according to the family statement, the legendary actress passed away due to complications from diabetes.

The lengthy family statement,

Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Penny Marshall. Penny was a tomboy who loved sports, doing puzzles of any kind, drinking milk and Pepsi together and being with her family. As an actress, her work on Laverne & Shirley broke ground featuring blue-collar women entertaining America in prime time. She was a comedic natural with a photographic memory and an instinct for slapstick. When Penny directed Tom Hanks in the movie Big she became a pioneer as the first woman in history to helm a film that grossed more than $100 million. She did it again with A League of Their Own. She directed many stars including Geena Davis, Robert De Niro, Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, Madonna, Denzel Washington, Rosie O’Donnell and Whitney Houston. She even gave Mark Wahlberg his first acting job. Penny was a girl from the Bronx, who came out West, put a cursive ‘L’on her sweater and transformed herself into a Hollywood success story. We hope her life continues to inspire others to spend time with family, work hard and make all of their dreams come true.

Penny made her acting debut in 1967 on NBC series The Danny Thomas Hour. She again portrayed Laverne DeFazio in the hit sitcom from 1976 to 1983.

Penny's extraordinary work includes 1988's film Big directed Tom Hanks. Her other movies include the blockbuster comedy, A League of Their Own (1992) and the drama Awakenings (1990 ) starring opposite Robin Williams and Riding in Cars with Boys (2001).

Penny was nominated for three Golden Globe awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series – Comedy Or Musical for her appearance in Laverne & Shirley.

Penny's death comes two years after her brother, Garry Marshall, the creator of the hit show Happy Days and the director of Pretty Woman, died from complications of pneumonia after suffering a stroke in July 2016. He was 81.

Rest In Peace Penny Marshall!

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