Iconic actress and filmmaker Penny Marshall has passed away. Marshall died from what appears to be complications from diabetes on Monday night at her Hollywood Hills home at the age of 75.
The Bronx-born actress was a three-time Golden Globe Award nominee for her role as Laverne DeFazio in the comedy series “Laverne & Shirley” which was spun-off from “Happy Days”. She also had recurring roles in “The Odd Couple” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” along with countless guest appearances in series like “Frasier,” “Mork and Mindy,” “The Simpsons,” “Bones” and “Entourage”.
Marshall jumped into filmmaking with 1986’s “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” which remains one of Whoopi Goldberg’s most famed films. She then made history in 1988 when she directed the Tom Hanks comedy “Big” which became the first film by a female director that grossed more than $100 million.
Marshall continued to make notable films throughout the 1990s including “Awakenings,” “A League of Their Own,” “Army Intelligence,” “The Preacher’s Wife” and “Riding in Cars with Boys”. Marshall was in the midst of wrapping up production on the documentary “Rodman” when she passed. Marshall was also close friends with the late Carrie Fisher and godmother to her daughter Billie Lourd.