Penny Marshall, star of ‘Laverne and Shirley,’ has died at age 75

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Actress, comedian, and director Penny Marshall has died at age 75.

Her publicists announced that Marshall died peacefully in her Hollywood Hills home Monday night due to complications from diabetes.

The Marshall family said she was a true Hollywood success story.

“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.”

A celebration of Marshall’s life will be held at a later date. She is survived by her older sister Ronny, daughter Tracy Reiner, and three grandchildren Spencer, Bella and Viva.

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