'Laverne & Shirley' star, 'Big' director Penny Marshall dies

Actress Penny Marshall poses on arrival for the film premiere of 'New Year's Eve' at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood

'Laverne & Shirley' star, 'Big' director Penny Marshall dies

In it, a young Marshall is seen posing with Carrie Fisher, her good friend, who died nearly exactly two years ago.

TMZ reports Marshall died Monday night at her Hollywood Hills home.

Marshall rocketed to fame in the 1970s for her role as the titular Laverne DeFazio in the TV sitcom Laverne & Shirley, for which she earned three Golden Globe nominations.

Big was a huge success and became the first feature film directed by a woman to gross more than $100 million. Other film directing credits of note include Whoopi Goldberg's Jumpin' Jack Flash as well as The Preacher's Wife starring Whitney Houston.

The show - co-starring Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney, Laverne's co-worker in a 1950s Milwaukee brewery - ran for eight seasons, from 1976 to 1983.

Numerous tributes focused on Marshall´s unpretentiousness and easy humor, while others highlighted her iconic status among women aspiring to make their way in an industry geared toward men.

It was a flawless storm of TV symmetry with another unique angle that was "All in the Family" in more ways than one: Penny's marriage to Rob Reiner, who played Mike Stivic opposite Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) on the hit CBS sitcom.

Danny DeVito said she had a "heart of gold".

"We hope her life continues to inspire others to spend time with family, work hard and make all of their dreams come true", a statement read. Her work entertained us for years - what a remarkable woman!

Marshall once joked that their epitaphs were already written: "For me, all they'll say is "Laverne" and for Rob all they'll say is "Meathead". I was very lucky to have lived with her and her funnybone.

She starred on "Laverne & Shirley", being cast by her brother, Garry, as a one-half of the titular duo.

Hanks delivered a great performance in the wistful comedy as a 12-year-old boy whose wish to become an adult is magically granted. She was a very amusing, gifted and deceptively smart woman. "RIP." - actress Marlee Matlin, who shared a photo on Twitter in which she said she was emulating Marshall. "If I failed, I had my excuse: I was an actress, not a director".

"I can't act that well, but I can sell a bit", she told The New Yorker in 2012 when promoting her memoir My Mother Was Nuts.

Acclaimed actor James Woods called Marshall a "remarkable talent".

The beloved comedic actress was married to actor Rob Reiner for 10 years, starting in 1971, until the pair divorced after a decade of marriage.

Penny Marshall was a sweet woman.

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