Penny Marshall — the actress, writer, and director of films including 'Big' and 'A League of Their Own' — is dead at 75

Getty Images/D Dipasupil/FilmMagicPenny Marshall was 75.
  • Director and actress Penny Marshall has died at age 75.
  • Marshall starred on the sitcom “Laverne & Shirley,” and directed iconic movies including “Big” and “A League of Their Own.”
  • According to reports, she died in Los Angeles Monday night from complications from diabetes.

Penny Marshall has died at 75, individuals close to the legendary filmmaker and “Laverne & Shirley” actress confirmed to Variety and other news outlets. TMZ first reported her deathTuesday afternoon.

“Yes she did (die) … peacefully at her Hollywood Hills home,” Marshall’s publicist, Michelle Bega, told Variety. “She passed away from complications from diabetes.”

A statement to TMZ from Marshall’s family said, “Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Penny Marshall. Penny was a tomboy who loved sports, doing puzzles of any kind, drinking milk and Pepsi together and being with her family.”

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Marshall was made famous by her role as Laverne DeFazio on the sitcom “Laverne & Shirley,” which aired on ABC from 1976-1983.

Marshall also broke new ground as a female director in an industry dominated by men. She directed iconic films including “Big” (1988) and “A League of Their Own” (1992). She began her career as a director on episodes of “Laverne & Shirley.”

Marshall was the first woman to direct a film that grossed more than $US100 million, and she was only the second female director to have a film nominated for best picture at the Oscars for her 1990 film “Awakenings,” which starred Robin Williams and Robert De Niro.

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