It is with great sorrow to report that Penny Marshall, who starred in “Laverne & Shirley” has died. She was 75.
The actress reportedly died “peacefully at her Hollywood Hills home” from complications due to diabetes on Monday, according to reports.
TMZ reports that Penny’s first recurring role was playing Myrna Turner on “The Odd Couple,” which was directed by her brother. She also appeared on “Happy Days” with Cindy Williams, and they became famous from their spin-off sitcom, “Laverne & Shirley.” It became a monster hit in 1976 and ran for 8 seasons. Her character’s moniker — the “L” for Laverne on her sweater — became one of the most famous logos in television.
“Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Penny Marshall,” the Marshall family said in a statement.
“We hope her life continues to inspire others to spend time with family, work hard and make all of their dreams come true.”
The New York-born actress rose to fame from her hit 1970s sitcom, “Laverne & Shirley” and went on to become a director.
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.
She did it again with “A League of Their Own” in 1992, and later directed many stars including Geena Davis, Robert De Niro, Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, Madonna, Denzel Washington, Rosie O’Donnell and the late Whitney Houston.
Penny’s family says, “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.”
The family notes Penny gave Mark Wahlberg his first acting job in “Renaissance Man.”
“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,” her family added.
“We hope her life continues to inspire other to spend time with family, work hard and make of their dreams come true.”
Per the statement, a celebration of Marshall’s life will be held at a later date.
Marshall is survived by her older sister Ronny, daughter Tracy Reiner, and three grandchildren Spencer, Bella and Viva.
Thanks for the memories and rest in peace.