Iconic actress Penny Marshall dead at 75

Iconic actress Penny Marshall dead at 75

Marshall's publicist, Michelle Bega, said Marshall died in her Los Angeles home on Monday due to complications from diabetes.

Television legend Penny Marshall directed one of the most popular baseball movies of all time, but many of her fans might not realize exactly how much Marshall loved sports.

The actress appeared in the recurring role as Myrna Turner on The Odd Couple, directed by her brother, co-creator Garry Marshall, who died in July 2016. She still had Renaissance Man, The Preacher's Wife, and Riding in Cars with Boys, but honestly, with a resume that included Big, Awakening, and A League of Their Own, Marshall should have been able to write her own ticket for much longer. It's a lovely, touching movie that made Marshall the second woman ever to direct a film that was nominated for Best Picture. With encouragement from her brother Garry, Marshall also made her directorial debut on the series, directing four episodes over the course of its eight seasons. Her first real name recognition came with a recurring part as a put upon secretary "nobody" ever called handsome on "The Odd Couple". She followed up with the medical drama "Awakenings" (1990), starring Robin Williams as a shy doctor and Robert De Niro as his patient who wakes up from a 30-year coma.

In a statement on Twitter, Davis, 62, wrote, "I'm terribly sad to hear the news about Penny passing".

Danny DeVito paid tribute, tweeting: "Penny Marshall was a sweet woman". She earned raves for her comedic timing and for portraying one of the few relatable blue-collar female characters onscreen in the '70s during a time when The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Charlie's Angels reigned supreme. "But I never say, 'Do it this way because I want it this way.' I just mumble and make people keep asking me for my opinion until they get it out of me". Though her acting career waned in later years, she continued to pop up on television, often playing off her raspy voice and gruff demeanor on shows like Frasier, The Game and Portlandia.

"I hadn't worked with so many women before", she told the newspaper. "I'd rather do TV or an HBO movie", she said. Her first film was the modestly successful comic spy romp "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (1986), starring Whoopi Goldberg. "I will be forever grateful to her for letting me be a part of A League of Their Own".

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In 1995, Ronny Marshall reunited with her college sweetheart, Peter Babcock, after more than 42 years apart, according to an article in The Rock Island Dispatch-Argus.

Goodbye, Penny. Man, did we laugh a lot!

ET spoke with Marshall ahead of the film's release, where she opened up about the move from actress to filmmaker.

Marshall's family told TMZ: "Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Penny Marshall".

She is survived by an older sister, her daughter and three grandchildren. "She could play round ball with the best of them". "Penny was a girl from the Bronx who came out West, put a cursive "L" on her sweater and transformed herself into a Hollywood success story".

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