Penny Marshall, star of Laverne & Shirley and later a star director, passed away Monday evening due to complications from diabetes, according to publicist Michelle Bega. Marshall was 75 years old.
"What an extraordinary loss. My good friend, Penny Marshall is gone — one in a million," said Cindy Williams, Marshall’s costar as best friend Shirley Feeney, to TODAY. "Utterly unique, a truly great talent. And, oh what fun we had! Can't describe how I'll miss her."
After Laverne & Shirley’s eight seasons wrapped up, Marshall went on to become a sought-after Hollywood director, helming A League of Their Own, Big, and Riding in Cars with Boys. She also became a producer, and occasionally executive produced while directing her own flicks.
She was a steady presence on the small screen, occasionally making guest appearances as herself. Noted for her comedic chops on Laverne & Shirley, Marshall was always a reliable laugh.
She swept up various awards and nominations over her career, both for her acting work and her directorial prowess. She was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004. She was beloved by her fans and well-respected in Hollywood, becoming one of the most in-demand directors in its pantheon.
Her brother Garry Marshall died in the summer of 2016. She is survived by her older sister Ronny, her daughter, and three grandchildren. Plans for a celebration of her life are to be announced.