Actress and director Penny Marshall who found fame in the 70’s with the sitcom “Laverne and Shirley” passed away at her California home on Monday due to complications from diabetes. She was 75. After the success of the sitcom with actress Cindy Williams who played the character Shirley Feeney, Marshall went on to become one of Hollywood’s beloved directors. She experienced success with hits like “Big” which grossed $100 million in a male-dominated movie industry in 1988. The film starred Tom Hanks and lead Marshall to become the first female director to have this esteemed honor. Other films Marshall directed were “A League of Their Own,” and “The Preacher’s Wife” with Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington.
Celebrities and fans have taken to social media to memorialize Marshall since news of her passing was announced.
“League of Their Own” star Rosie O’Donnell so eloquently wrote, “simply heartbroken.”
Actress and director, Regina King posted to Instagram. “This one really hit me hard. One of the best to ever do it. From the Boogie Down but always repped LA too #clipperlover Thank you Penny for blazing trails and sharing your talents. You will be missed but forever loved.”
Condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Penny Marshall.
By BSM Team