Tributes Pour in for Penny Marshall as Hollywood Suffers a ‘Big’ Loss

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Hollywood is heartbroken over the loss of actress/director Penny Marshall who sadly passed away earlier this week at age 75 due to diabetic complications. The legendary Ms. Marshall began her career starring in the iconic sitcom Laverne & Shirley which ran for eight seasons on ABC from 1976 to 1983, yet it was her directorial work on cinematic blockbusters such as Big (1988), Awakenings (1990) and A League of Their Own (1992) that left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry; making history as the first woman to direct a movie that grossed $100 million. In a 2012 interview, Penny stated her preference for working behind the camera…

“With directing I didn’t have to wear makeup or get my hair done. But I do not like getting up that early. In TV we did our show in front of an audience so we got up early only one morning. We did camera blocking in the morning and we shot at night which was a much more humane existence. No one is funny at 7am. It’s faster to act but a lot of times you are sitting in a Winnebago waiting. Directing is more fun if you can create stuff. If you can create business for people to do and not just pull lines out of people’s mouths. So if people come prepared then you can add business. I like behavior.” – Source: womenandhollywood.com

Penny not only provided audiences with uplifting entertainment, but her work also held a societal significance. A League of Their Own brought forth recognition and broke barriers for women during a time when they might otherwise have been ignored…

“If it had not been for Penny Marshall, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League would still be unknown. It would have been known only to those who lived in that area at that time [World War II],  said Shirley Burkovich, one of 79 surviving members of the league.”  – Source: USA Today

Ms. Marshall was an undeniable film industry force and she touched the lives of many. Several Hollywood heavy-hitters took to social media to express their love and appreciation.

Fans also shared nostalgic affection for the adorable actress that brought heartfelt hilarity alongside several standout stars. A delightfull list of laughter indeed!

RIP Penny… a remarkable woman that is truly in A League of Her Own! ♥