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.”
RIP Penny Marshall!! Thank you for what you contributed to us girls. Grateful to have worked with you. Rest well you great Broad!!!❤❤❤ pic.twitter.com/4hk6AGjmB1
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) December 18, 2018
Rest in peace, Penny. Such a wonderful, funny and talented lady. Without her support and encouragement, I would not be where I am today. She will be missed. ? #PennyMarshall pic.twitter.com/F9ksywXYuG
— Mark Wahlberg (@markwahlberg) December 18, 2018
I’m just so sad to lose my friend #PennyMarshall.
Thank you Penny for everything you gave the world.
This song would not exist had Penny not asked me to write it for A League of Their Own. https://t.co/IssDEDrqWb
— Carole King (@Carole_King) December 18, 2018
What an inspiring woman #PennyMarshall was. Funny, talented, kind and giving. Penny was so supportive of my career from the very beginning and I will always be so grateful. A wonderful actress, producer and director. She will be missed by so many. #RIPPennyMarshall pic.twitter.com/yCBQAXngz4
— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) December 18, 2018
Yesterday I held a Golden Gloves award from the 1930’s, given to me by Penny Marshall.
Hadn’t seen it in years.
Then today’s news…
Penny told me the story of Jim Braddock, which became the movie Cinderella Man. She was kind, she was crazy,so talented and she loved movies. RIP
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) December 18, 2018
Condolences to the family of Penny Marshall. She was a true treasure! ? pic.twitter.com/BtM46dAnYq
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) December 18, 2018
Thank you, Penny Marshall. For the trails you blazed. The laughs you gave. The hearts you warmed. pic.twitter.com/7qPKJa6ApH
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) December 18, 2018
The Marshall family grieves again as the great #PennyMarshall dies at age 75. What an extraordinary family they were and continue to be, and how much love and sympathy my family and I send their way. The end of an era.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) December 18, 2018
Sad to hear of Penny Marshall’s passing. a great comedienne a terrific director and a dear friend.
— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) December 18, 2018
R.I.P. Penny Marshall. So talented and funny. A big loss.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) December 18, 2018
Our hearts are saddened to learn that Penny Marshall, actress, director and celebrated TV icon, has passed away. We were fortunate to have the talented Ms. Marshall appear in Steven Spielberg’s 1979 WWII comedy, 1941. Her singular talents and personality will be sorely missed. pic.twitter.com/jaLPELqSi4
— Amblin (@amblin) December 18, 2018
Penny Marshall brought us great laughter and truly broke new ground as a director. Neither a schlemiel, nor ever a schlimazel, she shall be missed by her many fans. Rest in peace.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 18, 2018
Penny Marshall was one of the most important trailblazers. Her comedic talents brought success & fame, but she truly broke the mold w her directing- Big, Awakenings, A League of Their Own- becoming the first woman to direct a movie that grossed $100+ mil. ? Rest in love, PM ❤️?
— Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) December 18, 2018