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Director Penny Marshall dead at 75

19 December 2018

The iconic actress was perhaps best known for her role as Laverne DeFazio in American sitcom "Laverne & Shirley" that ran from 1976-1983.

Her directing credits also include "A League of Their Own", "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Awakenings". They love Dottie. They argue over whether Dottie really dropped the ball.

Marshall died from complications from diabetes. "So I think it still appeals because we were working class".

15, 1943 to Marjorie, a tap school teacher, and Tony, a director and producer who changed the family name from Marsciarelli.

Her expected place in entertainment might be defined one of Marshall's first acting roles - as the plain, dandruff suffering roommate to a pretty girl named Farrah Fawcett in a shampoo commercial.

The 1990 drama, starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams, saw Marshall become only the second woman to be nominated for the best director gong at the Academy Awards.

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Marshall's early success in a field where few women rose so high made her an inspiration to other aspiring female filmmakers.

'What surprised me most about Penny over the years was her directing and the depth of her storytelling.

"Big Bang Theory" star Mayim Bialik said she grew up wanting to be like Marshall.

She previously had a daughter, Tracy, after a teenage romance with a football player at the University of New Mexico, but that union, too, ended in divorce. She was so proud of her daughter and her grandchildren. "I had a kid already, my womb wasn't crying out". There is a gentleness to Big, and to A League Of Their Own, and to The Preacher's Wife. Marshall also directed episodes of According to Jim and United States of Tara.

A Bronx native, Marshall became a dedicated Los Angeles Lakers fan, and a courtside regular.

"I have a little radar to the insane", explained Marshall. "'I don't get it.' I get intimidated by what they're saying, and there's all these artsy parts that go right past me".

Director Penny Marshall dead at 75