Rosie O’Donnell, Ava DuVernay, Rob Reiner and other admirers mourn Penny Marshall
From wisecracking Laverne on “Laverne & Shirley” to directing one of the greatest sports films of all time (“A League of Their Own”), Penny Marshall left a lasting mark on the comedy world.
Marshall died at her home in Hollywood Hills on Monday night due to complications from diabetes. She was 75.
As word of her death spread, the internet immediately began to memorialize the director’s achievements.
Some celebrated Marshall’s iconic monogrammed sweaters from her sitcom stardom days, and others praised her masterful direction of Tom Hanks in “Big.” But all mourned the woman who, along with Cindy Williams, immortalized the words “Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!” in the opening credits of “Laverne & Shirley.”
Or as “League of Their Own” star Rosie O’Donnell so eloquently put it, “simply heartbroken.”
Goodbye, Penny. Man, did we laugh a lot! Wish we still could. Love you. Hanx.— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) December 18, 2018
#RIPPennyMarshall She was funny & so smart. She made the transition from sitcom star to A List movie director with ease & had a major impact on both mediums. All that & always relaxed, funny & totally unpretentious. I was lucky to have known & worked with her. https://t.co/pf2kfIkCH4— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) December 18, 2018
“I’m terribly sad to hear the news about Penny passing. My heart goes out to Tracy Reiner and her family. Penny brought so much joy to so many and will be sorely missed. I will be forever grateful to her for letting me be a part of A League of Their Own.” Geena Davis— GeenaDavisInstitute (@GDIGM) December 18, 2018
Penny Marshall brought us great laughter and truly broke new ground as a director. Neither a schlemiel, nor ever a schlimazel, she shall be missed by her many fans. Rest in peace.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 18, 2018
Oh Penny Marshall. 💔 Rest In Peace and thank you for everything.❤️— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) December 18, 2018
Yesterday I held a Golden Gloves award from the 1930’s, given to me by Penny Marshall.— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) December 18, 2018
Hadn’t seen it in years.
Then today’s news...
Penny told me the story of Jim Braddock, which became the movie Cinderella Man. She was kind, she was crazy,so talented and she loved movies. RIP
R.I.P. Penny Marshall. So talented and funny. A big loss.— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) December 18, 2018
One of my most treasured memories is the year I spent on an animated series with Penny Marshall and spending the time before every table read chainsmoking and drinking diet cokes with her on the Fox lot while she told me hilarious stories from her life. Gonna miss you, Penny.— Peter Atencio (@Atencio) December 18, 2018
Aw man, Penny Marshall. She did it all and her acting and directing was beloved by multiple generations. She also had one of the best Bronx accents in show business. RIP.— James Urbaniak (@JamesUrbaniak) December 18, 2018
She was an incredible artist. Met her when I was a broke young actor. She gave me her court side seats to a Clippers game. "Here, I can't watch them lose anymore." I felt like such a big shot with my friends that night sitting in Penny Marshall's seats watching the Clippers lose. https://t.co/ndTWYQnYQA— alan tudyk (@AlanTudyk) December 18, 2018
Sad to hear of Penny Marshall’s passing. a great comedienne a terrific director and a dear friend.— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) December 18, 2018
Penny Marshall accomplished so much in her career. But if you are my age you will always remember her like this, with the L on her sweater, drinking milk and Pepsi on Tuesday nights. A big piece of our childhood goes with her. #RIP Penny, thanks for making us laugh so many times. pic.twitter.com/dIasexXECC— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) December 18, 2018
Oh Rest In Peace dear Penny Marshall we have had many laughs through the years. This is very sad news.— Rosanna Arquette (@RoArquette) December 18, 2018
Mourning the loss of a funny, poignant, and original American voice. Penny Marshall was a pioneer in television and the big screen who understood humor comes in many forms and some of life's deeper truths require a laugh. She will be missed. May she RIP.— Dan Rather (@DanRather) December 18, 2018
Penny Marshall was one of the most important trailblazers. Her comedic talents brought success & fame, but she truly broke the mold w her directing- Big, Awakenings, A League of Their Own- becoming the first woman to direct a movie that grossed $100+ mil. 🙏 Rest in love, PM ❤️🌥— Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) December 18, 2018
I just heard of Penny Marshall's passing. I was such and admirer of hers, such talent she had. My deepest condolences to her family, friends and fans. She and her wonderful brother are reunited. -Barbara— Barbara Eden (@Barbara_Eden) December 18, 2018
Penny Marshall 🙏🏾— MR. WEEKLY (@CrookedIntriago) December 18, 2018
In the late 80s i had taken my kids to the Park, then as i was hauling stroller & toddler up the steps of my apt. building, a woman appeared & wordlessly helped me. It was Penny Marshall. I had always LOVED her work & now i loved her. . RIP and thank you for ALL of it Penny💔.— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) December 18, 2018
Penny Marshall was a trailblazer. Like so many others, she inspired me to join the DGA and to begin to change what was once a man’s landscape. Because of her, stories of women will forever be told. Her story will never be forgotten. ♥️ https://t.co/FfrQxZ7SJT— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) December 18, 2018
My dearest friend Penny Marshall you have given us such love joy and laughter thru your entire life. My love goes with you. I will forever remember you... SO SAY WE ALL!!!!— Edward James Olmos (@edwardjolmos) December 18, 2018
Penny Marshall was a sweet woman. I was very fortunate to spend time with her. So many laughs. She had a heart of gold. Tough as nails. She could play round ball with the best of them. Always All love, D— Danny DeVito (@DannyDeVito) December 18, 2018
So saddened by Penny Marshall's passing. Her work entertained us for years — what a remarkable woman! One thing I'll always remember about Penny — & maybe some people don't know this — she had one of the best sports memorabilia collections I've ever seen. RIP, Penny Marshall.— Larry King (@kingsthings) December 18, 2018
What an inspiring woman #PennyMarshall was. Funny, talented, kind and giving. Penny was so supportive of my career from the very beginning and I will always be so grateful. A wonderful actress, producer and director. She will be missed by so many. #RIPPennyMarshall pic.twitter.com/yCBQAXngz4— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) December 18, 2018
Penny Marshall was a Bronx native. She made us all laugh. She made us all cry. She paved the way for so many women in television. And, she was in a league of her own.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) December 18, 2018
We will miss you, Penny. Godspeed.
God Bless Penny Marshall's extraordinary soul.— james l. brooks (@canyonjim) December 18, 2018
Beyond doubt she was able to excel at anything she put her world class mind & heart to and, lucky us, she picked comedy and films which celebrated humans. To many of us lost ones she was, at the time, the world's greatest den mother.
At a time when men dominated, #pennymarshall broke barriers as a director, giving us hit after hit. A League of their Own, Awakenings, & Big aren’t simply great movies. They r classics made by a director who was simultaneously setting up shots while breaking down walls. RIP— Josh Gad (@joshgad) December 18, 2018
The #AAGPBL Players Association are deeply saddened by the passing of #ALeagueofTheirOwn director, Penny Marshall.— AAGPBL Official (@AAGPBL) December 18, 2018
The players are truly grateful for her & this film. Without it, the AAGPBL would still be "the best kept secret in baseball." Thank you & we love you.
God bless pic.twitter.com/Ohm5cubjQs
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