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Penny Marshall dies at 75 after complications from diabetes

Penny Marshall dies at 75 after complications from diabetes

Then, after she and Cindy Williams guested on a scene-stealing 1975 episode of "Happy Days", their characters were spun off to become mid century Milwaukee's sassiest brewery workers, "Laverne & Shirley". The medical drama, while not as successful at the box office, became only the second film directed by a woman nominated for best picture.

The success of Big made Marshall the first woman to direct a film that made more than US$100 million at the USA box office.

Penny Marshall with Awakenings co-stars Robin Williams, left, and Robert De Niro at the premiere of the film in NY in 1990. She also grossed more than $100 million with "A League of Their Own".

'What surprised me most about Penny over the years was her directing and the depth of her storytelling.

Whether courtside or behind the dugout, she could be seen winning fellow fans over with that infectious Peggy Marshall smile - her trademark tinted glasses sitting on the bridge of her nose.

In addition to her work on sitcoms, Marshall broke ground as a feature film director.

In between "Big" and "A League of Their Own", Marshall made the Oliver Sacks adaptation "Awakenings", with Robin Williams and Robert De Niro. That was followed by a pair of appearances on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

"She used comedy to bring us depictions of women who were fiercely independent, sometimes flawed, yet totally lovable", the statement continued.

TMZ: Actress Penny Marshall, known for TV’s ‘Laverne & Shirley,’ dead at 75
Actress, Director Penny Marshall Dead At 75

Marshall often shrugged off similar criticism, telling the New York Times, "But I like corny".

Award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay thanked Marshall for breaking ground as a female director.

Marshall was born Carole Penny Marshall in the Bronx, New York, on October 15, 1943.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date to be announced, according to Marshall's family. She attached a commercial the two starred in together in 1996.

"Big Bang Theory" star Mayim Bialik said she grew up wanting to be like Marshall. She could take so many things and make them funnier.

William Shatner said Marshall was a "true treasure". "I led an oddly charmed life for someone she thought was a not charming person".

Director Ron Howard tweeted: "She was amusing & so smart". Marshall would later Wednesday the director Rob Reiner, a marriage that lasted from 1971 to 1981. She directed television and continued to act.

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