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A Tribute to Actress & Director Penny Marshall

One of the most successful female directors, Penny Marshall has passed away at the age of 75. 

Cardiopulmonary failure is listed on the document as the primary cause of death, with cardiovascular disease and type one diabetes as underlying causes.

As an actress, Penny Marshall was one half of comedy duo in the Happy Days spin-off, Laverne & Shirley. She received three Golden Globes nomination for this role.

She went onto direct her tv episodes and feature films.

Marshall directed the  1988 comedy Big starring Tom Hanks. This became the first female-directed film to gross more than $100 million dollars at the US box office.

She went onto direct A League Of Their Own, Jumpin’ Jack Flash and Awakenings.


The Marshall family said in a statement: “Our family is heartbroken.”

Reiner paid tribute to his former wife, saying on Twitter: “I loved Penny. I grew up with her. She was born with a great gift. She was born with a funnybone and the instinct of how to use it. I was very lucky to have lived with her and her funnybone. I will miss her.”

Robert De Niro, who appeared in Awakenings, said: “Penny will be missed. May she rest in peace.”

Bette Midler also remembered Marshall, saying: “The Marshall family grieves again as the great #PennyMarshall dies at age 75. What an extraordinary family they were and continue to be, and how much love and sympathy my family and I send their way. The end of an era.”



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