Penny Marshall, actress and director, dies at age 75, reports say

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

Actress, Director Penny Marshall Dead At 75

Get push notifications with news, features and more. One thing I'll always remember about Penny - & maybe some people don't know this - she had one of the best sports memorabilia collections I've ever seen.

Marshall played Laverne, who became known for her huge collection of monogrammed sweaters.

Her family confirmed her death, telling the site, "Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Penny Marshall".

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Marshall's two marriages ended in divorce.

Penny Marshall (right) with her former co-star Cindy Williams. "She will be missed". A wonderful actress, producer and director. Her first real name recognition came with a recurring part as a put upon secretary "nobody" ever called lovely on "The Odd Couple".

Many noted characters from her lengthy list of guest spots on television shows throughout her career. Marshall brought to life the power of women and what we could do together. And though her passing is tragic, perhaps she would be the first to tell us, "There's no crying in baseball!". "It's partly the way I talk, but I'm also good with business - going through my purse, looking for my glasses, lighting a cigarette".

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She first rose to fame playing Laverne DeFazio alongside Cindy Williams in the hit ABC comedy "Laverne & Shirley", which aired from 1976 to 1983. They worked at a brewery (and horsed around) by day.

Her expected place in entertainment might be defined one of Marshall's first acting roles - as the plain, dandruff suffering roommate to a pretty girl named Farrah Fawcett in a shampoo commercial. She had the ability to find something better in a script and act on it. The film, which earned Hanks an Oscar nomination, grossed $151 million worldwide, or about $320 million accounting for inflation. Hanks returned, alongside Geena Davis. Other film directing credits of note include Whoopi Goldberg's Jumpin' Jack Flash as well as The Preacher's Wife starring Whitney Houston. Penny Marshall was married to Michael Henry for two years in the 1960s and to the director Rob Reiner from 1971-1981. She had actually tried out for the role of Gloria on All In the Family, losing out to Sally Struthers for the role opposite Reiner. Marshall also dated singer Art Garfunkel for five years. "I led an oddly charmed life for someone she thought was a not charming person".

Marshall received treatment for brain in lung cancer in 2009, TMZ reported. But Marshall's finest film may be the 1988 comedy Big, in which Hanks plays a kid who wishes he were a grown-up: His wish comes true, but he ends up being a thirteen-year-old boy trapped in a grown man's body, which wasn't exactly what he was expecting.

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