Famed actress, director Penny Marshall who co-starred in 'Laverne & Shirley' dies aged 75

Actress Penny Marshall, co-star of 'Laverne & Shirley' and director of 'Big' and 'A League of Their Own,' died at 75 due to diabetes complications


                            Famed actress, director Penny Marshall who co-starred in 'Laverne & Shirley' dies aged 75

Actress Penny Marshall, who starred alongside Cindy Williams in the ABC comedy 'Laverne & Shirley', and moved on to become a successful director with beloved films such as 'Big' and 'A League of Their Own,' died Monday night at her Hollywood Hills home. She was 75 and the cause of her death was revealed to be complications from diabetes.

Actress Penny Marshall attends the 10th Annual TV Land Awards at the Lexington Avenue Armory on April 14, 2012 in New York City.
Actress Penny Marshall attends the 10th Annual TV Land Awards at the Lexington Avenue Armory on April 14, 2012 in New York City.

Marshall was the first woman to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million, besides being the first woman to direct two films that made more than $100 million. She was also only the second woman director to see her film Oscar-nominated for best picture.

'Laverne & Shirley' ran from 1976-1983 and became the number 3 show on television in 1975-76, number 2 in 1976-77, and number 1 in 1977-78 and 1978-79. Marshall played the role of outspoken tomboy Laverne DeFazio, which made her a famed actress in the late '70s. Her natural gift for comedy also helped earn her accolades, including three Golden Globe nominations.



"Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Penny Marshall," the Marshall family said in a statement.

Marshall, whose real name was Carole Marshall, grew up in the Bronx with her famous producer and director brother, Garry Marshall, who directed hit movies including 'Pretty Woman' and 'The Princess Diaries' and died in 2016. Describing her upbringing, Marshall, penned a memoir titled 'My Mother Was Nuts.'

Celebrities took to Twitter to pass their condolences.