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Penny Marshall Dead: & # 39; Laverne & Shirley & # 39; Star was 75

She played for eight seasons on the ABC grade team, created by her late brother Garry Marshall, and directed such films as "Big", "Their League" and "Awakenings". Penny Marshall, the nasal and good-natured Bronx Indian who performed on the ABC rating Laverne & Shirley before breaking records as a female director in Hollywood, has died. She was 75 years old. The younger sister of the late author-director producer Garry Marshall and the first wife of actor Rob Reiner, Marshall, died of complications from diabetes, told her publicist for the New York Daily News . She was diagnosed with Brain and Lung Cancer 2009. Marshall earned fame &#821 1; but unbelievably not even an Emmy nomination – to play Wisecracking Laverne DeFazio on Happy Days spinoff created by his brother. Laverne & Shirley aired for eight seasons from 1976 to 83, was centered on the escapades of two romantic challenged Milwaukee breweries, with Cindy Williams participating as Marshall's idealist room mate Shirley Feeney. She handled a handful of episodes of sitcom, and was approached to enter as a last minute substitute for Howard Zieff to control the comedy Jumpin Jack Flash (1986) with the lead role Whoopi Goldberg. For her next movie, she beat comedic pay dirty with Big (1988), the magic Tom Hanks staring at a boy waking up in an adult's body. Co-produced by James L. Brooks, who took the script to her, it was the first film directed by a woman who broke over $ 100 million (about…

She played for eight seasons on the ABC grade team, created by her late brother Garry Marshall, and directed such films as “Big”, “Their League” and “Awakenings”.

Penny Marshall, the nasal and good-natured Bronx Indian who performed on the ABC rating Laverne & Shirley before breaking records as a female director in Hollywood, has died. She was 75 years old.

The younger sister of the late author-director producer Garry Marshall and the first wife of actor Rob Reiner, Marshall, died of complications from diabetes, told her publicist for the New York Daily News . She was diagnosed with Brain and Lung Cancer 2009.

Marshall earned fame &#821

1; but unbelievably not even an Emmy nomination – to play Wisecracking Laverne DeFazio on Happy Days spinoff created by his brother. Laverne & Shirley aired for eight seasons from 1976 to 83, was centered on the escapades of two romantic challenged Milwaukee breweries, with Cindy Williams participating as Marshall’s idealist room mate Shirley Feeney.

She handled a handful of episodes of sitcom, and was approached to enter as a last minute substitute for Howard Zieff to control the comedy Jumpin Jack Flash (1986) with the lead role Whoopi Goldberg.

For her next movie, she beat comedic pay dirty with Big (1988), the magic Tom Hanks staring at a boy waking up in an adult’s body. Co-produced by James L. Brooks, who took the script to her, it was the first film directed by a woman who broke over $ 100 million (about $ 198 million in today’s dollar).

Another great Marshall comedy, A separate league (1992), a fictional account of the real All-American Girls Professional Baseball League organized during World War II, also featured Hanks (like Geena Davis, Rosie O & # 39; Donnell and Madonna) and broke even through $ 100 million.

Between these films, the director dramatically changed the course with the fact-based Awakenings (1990), which featured Robert De Niro as an intermediate man who has been cathathetic for 30 years and Robin Williams as a painful shy Doctors decided to “wake him up”.

With Awakenings Marshall became the second woman to ever beat a best Oscar nominee. She is also just one of seven to achieve it without landing a director as well.

“I had friends who said” Why do you want to be in a hospital for four months? “I said,” I was depressed in a toy store, what difference does it make? “She told Los Angeles Times 1990.” I’m a depressed person. People said it was so brave to do a drama. I did not think it was brave. I thought I had an excuse : If it did not work, I could say, “Well, that’s not my strength.” “

Carole Penny Marshall, named after actor Carole Lombard, was born October 15, 1943, and her family lived at the Grand Concourse, a major thoroughfare in Bronx. Her dad, Anthony, made industrial films and her mother, Marjorie, was a dance instructor who taught her youngest child how to knock.

Marshall often noted that Garry, 10 years older than her, and her sister Ronny, six years her senior, was planning while she was a mistake. As a teenager, her mother told her, “You were a miscarriage, but you were stubborn and held on.” Her parents did not go together.

(Garry died of complications from a stroke on July 19, 2016. He was 81 years old.)

After graduating from college, she fled to the University of New Mexico to study psychology, married 1961, released and had a daughter Tracy, her only child (later adopted by Reiner). Divorced after two years, Marshall supported himself with a number of jobs, including a choreographer for the Albuquerque Civic Light Opera Association, before joining Los Angeles in 1967.

“I did not know my brother so well,” she told Tavis Smiley in an interview for 2012. “Then I went and said,” Let me go and see him. “He did well. He wrote for Dick Van Dyke and Joey Bishop and every show, so why not meet him?

” He is a good guy. I would not have a career without him. He said I would have lunch with this person, go and take action from this person. I said, “Mom wants me to change my name.” He said, “why?” “Because she does not want me to be ashamed of the family.” ( Laughter .) “He said,” Do not listen to her, she’s nuts. “”

Assisted as a secretary when she studied actors, she appeared in commercials. Her first was a Head & Shoulders place opposite the beautiful, blonde and then unknown Farrah Fawcett; Marshall played his clean room mate.

After appearing on such shows as That Girl and Love, American Style She and Reiner – a few months before they were getting married – auditioned for a new CBS sitcom. But while Reiner was cast as Michael Stivic, it was Sally Struthers who stopped playing his wife Gloria at All in the family .

However, Marshall soon went to his brother’s ABC comedy, ] The Odd Couple as Oscar Madison’s fugitive secretary, Myrna Turner. It was Jack Klugman, who played Oscar the sloppy sportswriter, who insisted she got the job.

Guest Score on a Series Like Bob Newhart Show and Mary Tyler Moore Show and a Common Role of the Short-lived Sitcomen Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers (Created by Brooks and Allan Burns) followed.

1975 and she and Williams – who met twice a year earlier during a Liza Minnelli performance at LA’s Ambassador Hotel – worked on a satire for Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope journal when Garry Marshall employed them for an episode by Happy Days . ] Portrait of “fast girls” recruited by Fonzie (Henry Winkler) for a double date with Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard), the two showing an immediate comic report. So when ABC Entertainment Manager Fred Silverman asked Happy Days the creator if he had any ideas for a new show, he mentioned a star as a sister and Williams as Milwaukee’s best.

“Fred Silverman was in his spinoff days,” Marshall said in a 2000 interview with the Archive of American Television. “[I pitched the show as] Two girls from the other side of the track. There are no views of blue body girls in the air. He said,” It’s on! What is it called? “” I said Laverne & Shirley . & # 39; “Good, I love it!” “

” People die for someone who did not look like Mary Tyler Moore, a regular person, “added Marshall.” My sister looks like a regular person, speaking like a regular person. “

The series, from Paramount Television, started with the ladies who lived in a cellar apartment and worked as bottle-makers for the Schotz brewery in the 1950s. Marshall bought milk mixed with Pepsi and sporty sweaters with a big loopy on them and she and Williams performed physical shenanigans not since I love Lucy .

Laverne & Shirley debuted No. 1 in the rankings on January 26, 1976 and in its after Happy Days spot at 8:30 on Tuesdays continued to be the highest ranked series for the 1977-78 and 1978-79 seasons. (Reiner s Everyone in the family was No. 2.)

“We [once] had a 60 share. It does not happen in addition to the Academy Awards or such as the Super Bowl, “she told Huffington Post in May 2013.” We beat Jesus once, I remember. It was Easter.

In the middle of 1979, Laverne & Shirley was sold for a record prize estimated at $ 50,000 an episode.

Williams, however, was not with the authors of the show, and in 1982 she sued Paramount for $ 20 million in a dispute about wanting to get paid when missing episodes because she was pregnant. After a resignation Williams is written out of the series, and Laverne & Shirley wrapped in 178 episodes in May 1983 with an Emmy nom

Marshall stood opposite Reiner in the ABC phone More than friends co-written by Reiner and based on the early days of their prison. (Previously, Reiner had played his fiance called Sheldn

She and Reiner split up in 1979, after which she had a long romance with the singer Art Garfunkel.

Marshall

The Odd Couple hrs also played a minor role in the 1979 comedy 1941 directed by Steven Spielberg, and she made a como as a director in 1995 After A Own League directed Marshall Renaissance Man (1994), toppled by Danny DeVito and with Mark Wahlberg in his feature debut; The Wife’s Wife (1996), with Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston in what she once called “The First Black Christmas Movie” and Drew Barrymore stares Riding in Cars with Boys (2001).

More recently, she directed a couple of episodes of Showtime’s United States of Tara and appeared at IFC’s Portlandia (star star Fred Armisen hesitantly hesitated to promote her sassy 2012 memoir My Mother Was Nuts ) and Fox Sitcom Mulaney .

Marshall was one of Hollywood’s most vibrant Los Angeles Lakers fans. She regularly viewed next to the forum and then Staples Center, with her brand tinted glasses on her nose.

Her daughter played left-handed Betty Spaghetti in A separate league.

Duane Byrge contributed to this report.

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