U.S. actress and director Penny Marshall dies aged 75

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Sitcom actress and critically-acclaimed film director Penny Marshall has died at 75.

"Yes she did (die). peacefully at her Hollywood Hills home", said her publicist Michelle Bega.

Marshall died in her Los Angeles home on Monday night from problems linked to diabetes.

Kaprall worked as a writer and producer on "Laverne and Shirley", the "Happy Days" spin off starring Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams that became the no. 1 show on TV for two years. She transitioned and became a great director and made unbelievable movies that people don't forget - like "Big" and 'A League of Their Own, ' so two very different careers - and successful in both. Ava DuVernay, whose "A Wrinkle in Time" was the first $100 million-budgeted film directed by a woman of color, said Tuesday: "Thank you, Penny Marshall. Hanks" reprimand from "A League of Their Own" - "There's no crying in baseball!" - remains quoted on baseball diamonds everywhere. "The next time we worked together was on that iconic episode of 'Happy Days.' She was so inventive, so amusing and so warm". He created Laverne & Shirley. Her next film, the Robin Williams and Robert De Niro-starring medical drama Awakenings, earned three Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor for De Niro.

"Penny Marshall had me audition 6 times for a role and then I didn't get it". However, it was her second feature, Big, starring Tom Hanks, that became the first film directed by a woman to gross over $100 million at the box office, with a take of $151 million worldwide.

Laverne & Shirley also starred Cindy Williams as Shirley, indelicate tomboy Laverne's more well-mannered apartment roommate and brewery co-worker. "When she says it about somebody else, you laughed, but when it was you, you didn't laugh so much".

"I thought she was great", said Kaprall.

Marshall and Laverne & Shirley co-star Cindy Williams have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Image Marshall and Laverne & Shirley co-star Cindy Williams have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

"When Rob Reiner and I were children, we lived across the street from each other".

Describing her upbringing, Marshall, who wrote a memoir titled "My Mother Was Nuts", once said, "you had to form a sense of humor or else you'd kill yourself". I join the more than 1.4 million residents of this borough in not only mourning her passing, but remembering her legacy as an artist who made us laugh, cry and think.

Her first film was the 1986 Whoopi Goldberg comedy Jumpin' Jack Flash.

Marshall continued her hot streak with "Awakenings" in 1990 and "A League of Their Own" in 1992.

Marshall's family released a statement saying, "Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Penny Marshall".

Actor Josh Gad acknowledged the strides she made for women in film.

She previously had a daughter, Tracy, after a teenage romance with a football player at the University of New Mexico, but that union, too, ended in divorce. "May she Rest in Peace". But her most enduring character is Laverne, an outgoing girl with a glorious honk of a voice and a saucy, flirtatious smile. Occasionally, she'd play herself, as she did on Entourage and Bones.

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