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TV/film figure Penny Marshall dies
2018-12-18

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Penny Marshall—known as half of the TV team of Laverne & Shirley as well as a film director—died of complications from diabetes at 75 on Dec. 17.

After starring on Laverne & Shirley, Marshall directed several movies, including Jumpin' Jack Flash, with Whoopi Goldberg; A League of Their Own, with Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell and Madonna; The Preacher's Wife, with Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston; and Big, with Hanks—and which made Marshall the first female director to helm a movie that made $100 million; among others.

O'Donnell—who became close with Marshall, appearing in Kmart holiday commercials with her and performing on Saturday Night Live with her in 1996—tweeted several times about the loss of her friend, Advocate.com noted.


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