Mark Wahlberg pays tribute to Penny Marshall while out in Beverly Hills

Brenda Watkins
December 21, 2018

Marshall passed away from complications of diabetes on Monday at the age of 75.

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.

Born Carole Penny Marshall in the Bronx, New York, on October 15, 1943, she was catapulted to national stardom when she starred as a 1950s blue-collar worker in the TV sitcom Laverne and Shirley. That led to her most well-known role in Laverne & Shirley, in which she starred opposite quirky co-star Cindy Williams from 1976 to 1983, almost as long as Happy Days itself.

Penny Marshall, the star of ABC's "Laverne and Shirley" who became one of the most successful female directors in history at the helm of "Big", "A League of Their Own" and a string of other hit movies, has died. Penny was a tomboy who loved sports, doing puzzles of any kind, drinking milk and Pepsi together and being with her family. She made the transition from sitcom star to A List movie director easily & had a major impact on both mediums.

Mark Walhberg is paying tribute to Penny Marshall, the woman who gave him his first movie role.

Cindy Williams will miss her longtime sidekick.

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And Rob Reiner tweeted, "So sad about Penny" before following it up with, "I loved Penny".

A slew of Hollywood stars shared loving messages for Marshall, including from Tom Hanks, whom Marshall directed in his breakout film, 1988's Big. She was born with a great gift.

"Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Penny Marshall", the statement to TMZ read.

"I'll always remember one of my first jobs on TV as one of the kids in a SNL Christmas sketch with Penny and Whitney Houston", she wrote.

According to her 2012 memoir, My Mother Was Nuts, her mother told a teenage Marshall, "You were a miscarriage, but you were stubborn and held on". She was born with a amusing bone and the instinct of how to use it. I was very lucky to have lived with her and her funnybone.

Marshall's family released a statement confirming her death on Tuesday.

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