Rosie O’Donnell, Ava DuVernay, Rob Reiner and other admirers mourn Penny Marshall

Penny Marshall, seen in 2002, died Monday from complications related to diabetes, spurring an outpouring of grief online.
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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.”



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