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“Laverne & Shirley” TV icon and acclaimed film director Penny Marshall has died at the age of 75

This is very sad!

Penny Marshall, who we grew up watching on the classic sitcom Laverne & Shirley, has died at the age of 75.

She was one of the great physical comediennes of all time and her chemistry with co-star Cindy Williams was pure magic. Laverne & Shirley ran from 1976-1983 on ABC. It was the No. 3 show on television in 1975-76, No. 2 in 1976-77, and No. 1 in 1977-78 and 1978-79.

Penny largely left acting behind to become an acclaimed film director. Her movies included Big starring Tom Hanks, Awakenings starring Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro, A League of Their Own, and Jumpin’ Jack Flash.

Marshall was the first woman to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million, the first woman to direct two films that grossed more than $100 million, and she was only the second woman director to see her film (Awakenings) Oscar-nominated for best picture.

She also directed the films The Preacher’s Wife, Riding in Cars With Boys, and Renaissance Man as well as the 2010 TV movie Women Without Men. Before her death she had completed work on directing the documentary Rodman about Dennis Rodman.

Here is a link to LA Times story.

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