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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:08 pm 
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Penny Marshall, co-star of 'Laverne & Shirley' and director of 'A League of Their Own,' dead at 75

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Actress Penny Marshall, who found fame in TV's "Laverne & Shirley" before going on to direct such beloved films as "Big" and "A League of Their Own," has died. She was 75.

Marshall died peacefully in her Hollywood Hills home on Monday night due to complications from diabetes, said Michelle Bega, a spokeswoman for the family.

"Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Penny Marshall," the Marshall family said in a statement.
Marshall, whose real name was Carole Marshall, grew up in the Bronx. Her brother was famed producer and director Garry Marshall, who died in 2016.

Describing her upbringing, Marshall, who wrote a memoir titled "My Mother Was Nuts," once said, "you had to form a sense of humor or else you'd kill yourself."

"You had to learn what sarcasm was," Marshall told CNN in 2012 while promoting the book.

Marshall's role as outspoken tomboy Laverne DeFazio in the "Happy Days" spin-off "Laverne & Shirley" catapulted the actress to celebrity in the late '70s. Her gift for physical comedy helped earn her accolades, including three Golden Globe nominations.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:58 pm 
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Just heard this. Man, just 75. Wasn't a big fan of Laverne and Shirley, but she directed some good movies.


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