‘Big’ & ‘A League of Their Own’ Director Penny Marshall Dies; Hollywood Reacts

Actress, producer and filmmaker Penny Marshall has passed away at age 75.

Marshall, whose lengthy career included directing Tom Hanks comedy Big, Robert De Niro and Robin Williams drama Awakenings, Tom Hanks and Geena Davis sports comedy A League of Their Own and Drew Barrymore dramedy Riding in Cars with Boys, died at her Hollywood home as a result of diabetes complications.

Marshall also had a long career in front of the camera, her first IMDB credit as a “dancer” on The Jackie Gleason Show in 1953 and starring in Happy Days spinoff series Laverne & Shirley.

As a prolific actress, producer and director, Marshall was considered by many to be a trailblazer in Hollywood.

Hollywood reactions have been pouring out.

Rob Reiner, Marshall’s ex husband and fellow filmmaker, tweeted:  “I loved Penny. I grew up with her. She was born with a great gift. She was born with a funnybone and the instinct of how to use it. I was very lucky to have lived with her and her funnybone. I will miss her.”

“Goodbye, Penny. Man, did we laugh a lot! Wish we still could,” Hanks posted on Twitter. “Love you. Hanx.”

Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall in ‘Laverne and Shirley’

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