Penny Marshall, star of 'Laverne & Shirley,' dies

Penny directed Tom in 1988’s Big

"We hope her life continues to inspire others to spend time with family, work hard and make all of their dreams come true".

"Thank you, Penny Marshall". She also grossed more than $100 million with "A League of Their Own".

After "Laverne & Shirley", Marshall went on to find even more success behind the camera, directing the Tom Hanks hit "Big" in 1988. Her television credits also include Mary Tyler Moore, Murder Police, and Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers, including guest appearances on The Bob Newhart Show, Mork & Mindy, The Simpsons, Fraiser, Bones, and Entourage.

"She used comedy to bring us depictions of women who were fiercely independent, sometimes flawed, yet totally lovable", the statement continued.

Tributes from the world of entertainment poured in following news of Marshall's death.

She's been described as a pioneer in the film-making industry. Marshall was also a producer on the hit 2005 films Bewitched and Cinderella Man.

Carole Penny Marshall was born October 15, 1943, in the Bronx.

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It wasn't until she became a director that Marshall came into her own.

Marshall played Laverne, who became known for her huge collection of monogrammed sweaters.

In her memoir My Mother Was Nuts, Marshall revealed that she had an abortion in the late 1980s. Marshall and Cindy Williams co-starred as employees in a Milwaukee beer-bottling plant who roomed together and shared misadventures in dating and on the job.

In another interview, Marshall explained that a screenplay she reviews "should have humor in it and it should have heart". Marshall said in 2012.

"Star Trek" actor George Takei said she "truly broke new ground as a director". "They wanted somebody who looked like a regular person". She always contributed more than just acting when she was working. So she seems connected to them, and to Nora Ephron, and to Hanks and Ron Howard and Henry Winkler and Robin Williams and Billy Crystal. To the Academy's shame, Marshall was not nominated for Best Director.

She was married to actor Rob Reiner in 1971, with the pair divorcing a decade later.

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