Remembering Penny Marshall: "She Gave Us Some Enjoyment"

Penny Marshall has died. According to reports, the 75-year-old succumbed to complications from diabetes on Monday night at her home in the Hollywood Hills. 

Marshall’s initial success came on the heels of her brother, Garry Marshall. He cast her in her first recurring role on “The Odd Couple” as Myrna Turner. She also appeared in “Happy Days” with Cindy Williams. The two teamed up for the spin-off, “Laverne & Shirley.” The show started in 1976 and ran for eight seasons - it's largely considered the most successful spin-off in television history.

Of course, Marshall later moved into directing - finding success with films including “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Big,” “A League of Their Own,” "Riding In Cars With Boys," and “Awakenings.” “Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Penny Marshall,” her family says in a statement. “Penny was a tomboy who loved sports, doing puzzles of any kind, drinking milk and Pepsi together, and being with her family.” 

  • The diehard Los Angeles Laker and New York Yankee fan holds several distinctions. Among them, “Big” was the first film directed by a woman EVER to gross over a hundred million dollars. She also gave Mark Wahlberg his first acting gig in “Renaissance Man.” One of her closest friends was the late Carrie Fisher, with whom she shared a birthday. She was also godmother to Carrie's daughter, Billie Lourd.
  • Married twice - once to director Rob Reiner - she is survived her daughter, Tracy Reiner (you might recall her as played Betty Spaghetti in "A League of Their Own"). Tracy was from her first marriage, but Rob adopted her and gave her his name.
  • Naturally, the tributes are flying from all directions. Everyone from second husband Reiner, to Tom Hanks weighed in on her passing. Here’s a look at what they said:
Rob Reiner@robreiner

So sad about Penny.

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Rob Reiner@robreiner

I loved Penny. I grew up with her. She was born with a great gift. She was born with a funnybone and the instinct of how to use it. I was very lucky to have lived with her and her funnybone. I will miss her.

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Tom Hanks@tomhanks

Goodbye, Penny.  Man, did we laugh a lot!  Wish we still could. Love you. Hanx.

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ROSIE@Rosie

1996 Kmart TV Commercial with Penny Marshall and Rosie O'Donnell https://youtu.be/bB43HsExO3w  via @YouTube - simply heartbroken

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Billy Crystal@BillyCrystal

Sad to hear of Penny Marshall’s passing. a great comedienne a terrific director and a dear friend.

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Ron Howard@RealRonHoward

She was funny & so smart. She made the transition from sitcom star to A List movie director with ease & had a major impact on both mediums. All that & always relaxed, funny & totally unpretentious. I was lucky to have known & worked with her.

Cinespia@cinespia

“I want you to laugh and cry. That’s what I do.” Penny Marshall • 1943 - 2018Photographed on the set of A League of Their Own

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Bette Midler@BetteMidler

The Marshall family grieves again as the great dies at age 75.  What an extraordinary family they were and continue to be, and how much love and sympathy my family and I send their way.  The end of an era.

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Elizabeth Banks@ElizabethBanks

I loved her SO MUCH. Sending love to her family.

Yashar Ali @yashar

Penny Marshall has died at 75.

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Busy Philipps@BusyPhilipps

Oh Penny Marshall.  Rest In Peace and thank you for everything.

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Patton Oswalt@pattonoswalt

NO! Goddamit. I had the good fortune to be directed by her once and she was sharp and smart and hilarious. And A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN still holds up. What an amazing talent.

The Daily Beast@thedailybeast

BREAKING: Penny Marshall, most known for her role in “Laverne & Shirley,” dies at 75 https://thebea.st/2ClI2Te 

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Albert Brooks@AlbertBrooks

R.I.P. Penny Marshall. So talented and funny. A big loss.

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Al Jean@AlJean

.@TheSimpsons Penny Marshall our first guest star and a great talent.  You will be missed!

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Mark Wahlberg@markwahlberg

Rest in peace, Penny. Such a wonderful, funny and talented lady. Without her support and encouragement, I would not be where I am today. She will be missed.  

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Dan Rather@DanRather

Mourning the loss of a funny, poignant, and original American voice. Penny Marshall was a pioneer in television and the big screen who understood humor comes in many forms and some of life's deeper truths require a laugh. She will be missed. May she RIP.

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I grew up wanting to be as funny as Penny Marshall, and had the pleasure of meeting her a few times. Watch some old Laverne and Shirley to see why her brother Garry insisted on casting her. Comedy gold, she was.♥️

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AWKWAFINA@awkwafina

Rest in Power, Penny Marshall.

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Kathy Griffin@kathygriffin

Penny Marshall was a loyal friend, a pioneer for women in film, and true supporter of women in the industry. Rest In Peace my friend.

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Ava DuVernay@ava

Thank you, Penny Marshall. For the trails you blazed. The laughs you gave. The hearts you warmed.

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George Takei@GeorgeTakei

Penny Marshall brought us great laughter and truly broke new ground as a director. Neither a schlemiel, nor ever a schlimazel, she shall be missed by her many fans. Rest in peace.

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Danny DeVito@DannyDeVito

Penny Marshall was a sweet woman. I was very fortunate to spend time with her. So many laughs. She had a heart of gold. Tough as nails. She could play round ball with the best of them. Always All love, D

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James Woods@RealJamesWoods

I am absolutely devastated. was one of my dearest friends. I loved her. Funny, warm, a true individual and remarkable talent.

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Russell Crowe@russellcrowe

Yesterday I held a Golden Gloves award from the 1930’s, given to me by Penny Marshall. Hadn’t seen it in years. Then today’s news...Penny told me the story of Jim Braddock, which became the movie Cinderella Man. She was kind, she was crazy,so talented and she loved movies. RIP

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Lindsay Wagner@mslindsaywagner

Penny Marshall-what a funny and wonderfully multi-talented woman. I’m blessed to have known her. She’ll have the angels laughing in the aisles tonight.

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