Marshall was first in the spotlight as Laverne in the hit sitcom "Laverne & Shirley".
The movie's profitability brought her credibility in an industry that was historically wary of allowing women to direct big-budget productions.
"Thank you, Penny Marshall". She was the first woman to direct a movie which grossed more than $100 million.
Marshall continued her hot streak with "Awakenings" in 1990 and "A League of Their Own" in 1992. Sitting on a sit-com set 40 years later, thinking about milk & pepsi, rodeo-doh-doh-doh & so many of her brilliant moments.
Actress/filmmaker Penny Marshall, Henry Winkler and guest attend the 2014 Writers Guild Awards L.A. Ceremony at J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live on February 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Anson Williams and Penny Marshall on the 1976 "Laverne & Shirley" episode 'Excuse Me, May I Cut In?' That led to several appearances on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Further explaining how it made things tough on their relationship, he said that "she was Laverne and she was in the number one show". "She paved the way for future generations of women to make the transition from actor to director, and in doing so expanded the breadth of stories told by and about women".
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Marshall often shrugged off similar criticism, telling the New York Times, "But I like corny". And then in 1988, in only her second time out as a feature director, she made Big, starring Tom Hanks. "The hearts you warmed", wrote director Ava Duvernay.
Carole Penny Marshall was born October 15, 1943, in the Bronx.
Some of Marshall's most beloved work came when she working behind the camera. 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.
William Shatner said Marshall was a "true treasure".
The star credited her brother Gary for encouraging her to take on acting. "I led an oddly charmed life for someone she thought was a not charming person". She was the funniest thing. She had the ability to find something better in a script and act on it.
Danny DeVito paid tribute, tweeting: "Penny Marshall was a sweet woman".