Actress and director Penny Marshall has died at the age of 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.
In a statement, the Marshall family,”Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Penny Marshall.” Marshall was very close with her late brother, fellow director Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, The Princess Diaries).
Marshall, whose real name was Carole Marshall, grew up in the Bronx. Her brother was famed producer and director Garry Marshall, who directed a string of hit movies including “Pretty Woman” and “The Princess Diaries” and died in 2016.
As an actress, Marshall is best known for playing outspoken tomboy Laverne DeFazio in the Happy Days spin-off Laverne & Shirley. She earned three Golden Globe nominations for the role.
But perhaps it is her career as a director that she is most remembered for. Some of her ‘big’ hits include Big, starring Tom Hanks, which led to Marshall becoming the first woman to direct a movie that grossed more than $100 million, and A League of Their Own, which chronicled a women’s baseball league in the 1940s.
Marshall was married twice. Her second husband Rob Reiner released a statement on Twitter on her death:
“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.”
Rest in peace, Penny Marshall. You will be missed.