She was funny, talented and down to Earth. Penny was able to connect to people through her work as both an actress, producer and as a director. Penny died from complications from diabetes according to family spokeswoman Michelle Bega. Marshall revealed years earlier, that she was diagnosed with lung cancer back in 2010 and later was in remission.
Penny is considered Hollywood royalty, she is the sister of late TV mogul Garry Marshall. Penny also is the ex-wife of actor/director/producer Rob Reiner. Her late mother (Marjorie Irene Marshall) and father (Anthony W. Marshall) were both were actors as well. This family certainly brought forth a lot of smiles to the world.
As an actress, Penny was widely known as Laverne DeFazio, on the television series “Laverne & Shirley”. Her character was a Milwaukee brewery worker, who was tough yet had a soft heart. Penny perfected her comedic skills on “The Odd Couple” a series that her brother Garry Marshall produced. She followed up on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” as her neighbor winning praise.
After appearing on the television series “Happy Days” in 1975, she brought to life her more iconic television series character Laverne. Both Penny Marshall as Laverne and Cindy Williams as Shirley were instant hits, sparking the new spinoff series “Laverne & Shirley”.
Penny also directed a number of films including standouts “Big,” “Awakenings” and “A League of Their Own”. In more recent years, Penny appeared in the short-lived series remake of “The Odd Couple” back in 2016 with aired on CBS.
Penny once said, “If you’re not having a good time, find something else that gives you some joy in life.” Penny will be missed by her family, friends and fans. She leaves behind her older sister Ronny, daughter Tracy Reiner and three grandchildren, Spencer, Bella and Viva. Memorial services will be scheduled soon.
(Source: USA Today)