Penny Marshall Passes at 75

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 17: Penny Marshall arrives at the 5th Anniversary Dinner of the Cathy's Kids Foundation hosted by Lamar Odom at the Roosevelt Hotel on April 17, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

Actress and director Penny Marshall has died at 75. Marshall shot to fame in a spinoff of the highly popular 70’s series “Happy Days” as Laverne De Fazio who along with friend and fellow actress Cindy Williams (Shirley) became an instant hit with their spin off show “Laverne and Shirley”.

The shows opening scene was iconic: “One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight! Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated,”. Laverne and Shirley ran from 1977 until 1982.

Penny Marshall moved into directing in the years that followed her success in TV and became a well respected director with credits such as “Big” , “Awakenings” with Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams and “A League Of Their Own”. Her work was Oscar nominated and she was also the first female director to direct a movie that made over 100 million at the box office for Big.

“Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Penny Marshall,” the Marshall family said in a statement.

Marshall died peacefully due to complications from Diabetes at her home in Los Angeles according to a spokeswoman for her family.

 

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