Actress And Director Penny Marshall Dead At 75

December 18, 2018 - 2:00 pm

LOS ANGELES (WCBS 880) — Actress, comedian and director Penny Marshall has died.

She became a sitcom success as Laverne DeFazio on the 1970s sitcom “Laverne & Shirley,” and then stepped behind the camera.

Most notably, she directed hit movies including “Big,” “A League of Their Own” and “The Preacher’s Wife.”

With “Big,” Marshall became the first female to direct a movie grossing more than $100 million.

Her publicist said she died “peacefully” at her home in California on Monday, Dec. 17, at the age of 75. She passed due to complications from diabetes.

Marshall, along with her brother, actor and TV producer Garry Marshall, grew up in the Bronx before heading to Hollywood.

Despite her move, she remained a huge New York Knicks fan and had been working on a documentary on Dennis Rodman, which is currently in post-production.

Most recently, she had directed for the ABC sitcom, “According to Jim” and also starred in the 2010 TV film, “Women Without Men.”

Additionally, she published a candid autobiography, “My Mother Was Nuts,” in 2012.

Marshall is survived by her sister Ronny Marshall, daughter Tracy Reiner and three grandchildren.