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Penny Marshall, actress and director, dies at age 75, reports say

Penny Marshall, actress and director, dies at age 75, reports say

Marshall died at her home from complications from diabetes, the report said. But film historian Jeanine Basinger, who specializes in the study of women in cinema, was skeptical of Marshall's assertion that she opened opportunities for women. Marshall earlier fought lung cancer, which went into remission in 2013. "I must say what I remember most was getting married after a Brigham Young football game", she told the Toronto Globe and Mail, "and all that was on television the whole weekend was John Kennedy's funeral. I will miss her".

Friends highlighted that Marshall always made them laugh. "But I'm fine now".

Marshall was known for playing Laverne DeFazio in the 1970s hit "Laverne & Shirley" alongside Cindy Williams.

But Marshall's star would only rise once she transitioned from appearing in front of the camera to behind the camera.

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

The wise-cracking pair, workers in the fictional Shotz Brewery in Milwaukee, proved so popular that Garry created a spinoff. We were before our time.

Anson Williams and Penny Marshall on the 1976 "Laverne & Shirley" episode 'Excuse Me, May I Cut In?'

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Marshall's gifts as a comic actress turned out to be the most recognizable aspect of her career, but not necessarily the most impressive.

A League of Their Own was eventually chosen for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". And then in 1988, in only her second time out as a feature director, she made Big, starring Tom Hanks.

Marshall's contemporaries thanked her for her kindness.

She said: 'He's a great guy. "I had a kid already, my womb wasn't crying out". Joe Pesci offered to be the father. "He gave me a life and I appreciate it and I tried to not let him down". "It was more do I want this other person in my life, for the rest of my life".

Marshall came from Hollywood royalty - she was the sister of the late writer-producer-director Garry Marshall and first wife to actor-director Rob Reiner of "All in the Family" fame.

"She broke down the wall for women directors".


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