Penny Marshall had a way with her movies to bring even the most obnoxious of characters to life in a way that you felt for them.
It also gave Marshall her start as a filmmaker.
The publicist of Penny Marshall is reporting that the star has died in her Los Angeles home. She was also only the second woman director to see her film Oscar-nominated for best picture.
The success of Big made Marshall the first woman to direct a film that made more than $100m at the USA box office.
Rosie O'Donnell, who starred in Marshall's 1992 film "A League of Their Own", expressed her devastation on Twitter.
Her final directorial credit came with the 2001 film Riding in Cars with Boys, which starred Drew Barrymore, Steve Zahn, Brittany Murphy, and James Woods.
In between her collaborations with Hanks, Marshall - who was the first-ever celebrity guest star on The Simpsons, playing a bitter babysitter in the first season finale - directed Awakenings. She was a comedic natural with a photographic memory and an instinct for slapstick. She was kind, she was insane, so talented and she loved movies.
Penny Marshall attends an event on November 7, 2008, in New York City. I like what moves me. "I'll try anything. What are they gonna do, kick me out of show business?" "And if it doesn't, I'll make it have heart". "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". Marshall married actor and director Rob Reiner in 1971. I was very fortunate to spend time with her. "That was sort of an omen for the whole marriage". Their daughter Tracy Reiner is an actress; one of her first roles was a brief appearance in her mother's Jumpin' Jack Flash. He died at age 81 in 2016.
Marshall's early success in a field where few women rose so high made her an inspiration to other aspiring female filmmakers. "I will miss her".
Being pegged as the ugly duckling was devastating. "So I went and said, 'Let me go meet him.' He was doing well".
Later on in her career, in 2005, Penny also produced Cinderella Man, and Bewitched. She spoke of having lost control of the films.