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Director and Comic Actor Penny Marshall Dies at 75

Tony Sokol Dec 19, 2018

Penny Marshall, director of Big and star of Laverne and Shirley, brought the Bronx to Hollywood.

Penny Marshall, Hollywood's top-grossing female director and star of television's Laverne & Shirley died at age 75 from complications from diabetes. She had reportedly been battling health issues since diagnosed in 2009 with lung cancer which spread to her brain.

“Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Penny Marshall,” the family said in a statement. “Penny was a girl from the Bronx who came out West, put a cursive ‘L’ on her sweater and transformed herself into a Hollywood success story. We hope her life continues to inspire others.”

Marshall is best known for her role as Laverne DeFazio on the Happy Days spinoff Laverne & Shirley , which ran on ABC from 1976 to 1983. She was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy three times during the run.

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