Laverne & Shirley actress Penny Marshall dies at 75 after 'complications with diabetes' - Evewoman
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Laverne & Shirley actress Penny Marshall dies at 75 after 'complications with diabetes'

US actress Penny Marshall has died at the age of 75.

According to her publicist, she passed away 'peacefully' at her Hollywood Hills home on Monday night after complications from diabetes.

Marshall was best known for her role in 1970s sitcom Laverne & Shirley, for which she received three Golden Globe Award nominations.

She also had accomplishments in directing and comedy during her decade-spanning career.

Among her best known work was directing Tom Hanks in Big in 1998, which made her the first woman in history to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million at the US box office.

Marshall also directed 'A League of Their Own' and Awakenings' starring the late Robin Williams, which was nominated for the Academy Award for best Picture.

In her later career she produced Cinderella Man in 2005 and Bewitched in the same year.

Marshall leaves behind daughter Tracey Reiner, 54, who followed her mum into acting.

Tributes began pouring in for Marshall following the announcement of her passing.

Hollywood actor Tom Hanks shared: "Goodbye Penny. Man, did we laugh a lot! Wish we still could. Mark Wahlberg wrote: "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."

Actress Busy Phillipps posted to Twitter: "Oh Penny Marshall. Rest In Peace and thank you for everything."

Selma director Ava DuVernay tweeted: "Thank you, Penny Marshall. For the trails you blazed. The laughs you gave. The hearts you warmed."

Love you. Hanx."

Mark Wahlberg wrote: "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."

Actress Busy Phillipps posted to Twitter: "Oh Penny Marshall. Rest In Peace and thank you for everything."

Selma director Ava DuVernay tweeted: "Thank you, Penny Marshall. For the trails you blazed. The laughs you gave. The hearts you warmed."

 

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