Penny Marshall, ‘Laverne & Shirley’ star, director, dies at 75

Penny Marshall, who starred alongside Cindy Williams in the hit ABC comedy “Laverne & Shirley” and then became a successful director, died on Monday night at her Hollywood Hills home due to complications from diabetes, Variety has confirmed. She was 75.

Marshall was the first woman to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million, the first woman to direct two films that grossed more than $100 million, and she was only the second woman director to see her film Oscar nominated for best picture.

“Laverne & Shirley” ran from 1976-1983 and proved an enormous success for ABC. It was the No. 3 show on television in 1975-76, No. 2 in 1976-77, and No. 1 in 1977-78 and 1978-79, spawning ancillary revenue in the form of merchandising, a record album and an animated series based on the show.

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Penny Marshall, 1970s. (Photo by Film Favorites/Getty Images)
Full-length promotional studio portrait of American actor Penny Marshall wearing cowboy boots, 1970s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
GETTING TOGETHER - 'The Oldies But Goodies Remind Me of You' - Aired on December 11, 1971. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PENNY MARSHALL
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 22: THE ODD COUPLE - 'Big Mouth' - Season Three - 9/22/72, Myrna (Penny Marshall) was caught in the middle of Oscar and TV sports legend Howard Cosell's showdown., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
6th May 1972: Married American actors Rob Reiner and Penny Marshall smile as they attend the Emmy Awards at the Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, California. Reiner was nominated as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy, for his role on the television series, 'All In the Family.' Crowds stand in the street behind them. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Getty Images)
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - Gallery - Shoot Date: December 18, 1975. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PENNY MARSHALL
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - Gallery - Shoot Date: December 18, 1975. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PENNY MARSHALL
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - Gallery - Shoot Date: December 18, 1975. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) CINDY WILLIAMS;PENNY MARSHALL
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - Gallery - Shoot Date: December 18, 1975. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PENNY MARSHALL;CINDY WILLIAMS
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 28: Laverne and Shirley - Opening Titles - 1976, Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 23: LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - 'Dear Future Model' Season 2 - 11/23/76, Shirley (Cindy Wiliams) and Laverne (Penny Marshall) take a modeling course., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - 'Look Before You Leap' - Airdate: November 16, 1976. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PENNY MARSHALL
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 10: LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY - 'Guilty Until Proven Innocent' - 11/10/76 Marilyn Redfield, Penny Marshall (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - 'Excuse Me, May I Cut In?' - Airdate: October 26, 1976. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PENNY MARSHALL
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 28: LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY - 'New Years's Eve 1960' - Season Three - 11/28/77 On New Years Eve, Laverne is dumped by her date, and Shirley has a cold. Squiggy does his human fly stunt as the countdown to the new year, 1960, arrives., Cindy Williams, Penny Marshall (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - 'Cruise - Part I' - Airdate: November 15, 1977. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) CINDY WILLIAMS;PENNY MARSHALL
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 15: LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY - 'Slow Child' - Season Three - 11/15/77 When Mrs. Babish's mentally slow daughter, Amy, comes to visit, a moving relationship soon develops between her and Lenny. Almost everyone believes Lenny just wants to take advantage of her., Penny Marshall (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - Gallery - Shoot Date: October 19, 1977. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PENNY MARSHALL
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 20: Laverne & Shirley - Season Three - Studio / Portrait, Penny Marshall & Cindy Williams as Laverne & Shirley, (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 23: LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY - 'Airport '59' - Season Three - 8/23/77 Laverne and Shirley go on their first plane trip and end up flying it when their pilot faints at the controls. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 03: LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY - 'Take My Plants, Please' - Season Three - 8/3/77 The girls get laid off, so they go to work for themselves selling flowers and plants door-to-door., Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
Penny Marshall (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - 'Honeymoon Hotel' - Airdate: February 22, 1977. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) CINDY WILLIAMS;PENNY MARSHALL
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 28: ABC SPECIAL - 'Battle of the Network Stars' - 2/28/77, Penny Marshall, Jaclyn Smith on the ABC Television Network competition 'Battle of the Network Stars'., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
Penny Marshall and Bruce Jenner during 'Battle of the Network Stars' Taping - February 5, 1977 at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: (l-t) Actress Penny Marshall during an interview with host Johnny Carson on January 12, 1977 -- (Photo by: Frank Carroll/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - 'Laverne and Shirley Move In' - Airdate: November 28, 1978. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PENNY MARSHALL;EDDIE MEKKA
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 28: LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - 'Laverne & Shirley Move In' - season 4 - 11/28/78, Shirley (Cindy Williams) recalls the time Laverne (Penny Marshall) moved in., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 14: MORK & MINDY - Pilot, part I & II - 9/14/78, Part I and II of this pilot episode originally aired as an hour-long show. In a flashback sequence, Mork (Robin Williams, right) recalled a previous visit to Earth when Fonzie (Henry Winkler, of 'Happy Days') arranged a date for Mork and Laverne De Fazio (Penny Marshall, of 'Laverne & Shirley')., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 9: Actresses Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall of the TV Show 'Laverne And Shirley' attend the Emmys in September 9, 1979 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Eisenberg/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Martin Mull, Guest, Penny Marshall, and Merv Griffin's Son (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - Gallery - Shoot Date: January 16, 1978. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PENNY MARSHALL
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - 'We're in the Army Now - Part I' - Airdate: November 15, 1979. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PENNY MARSHALL;CINDY WILLIAMS
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - 'The Wedding' - Airdate: November 1, 1979. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PENNY MARSHALL
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - 'One Heckuva Note' - Airdate: September 20, 1979. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PENNY MARSHALL
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - 'Candy is Dandy' - Airdate: December 16, 1980. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PENNY MARSHALL;CINDY WILLIAMS
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - 'Grand Opening' - Airdate: December 9, 1980. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PENNY MARSHALL
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - Cast Gallery - Shoot Date: November 22, 1980. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PENNY MARSHALL
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - Cast Gallery - Shoot Date: November 22, 1980. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PENNY MARSHALL;CINDY WILLIAMS
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - 'Not Quite New York' - Airdate: November 18, 1980. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PENNY MARSHALL
Art Garfunkel and Penny Marshall during Art Garfunkel and Penny Marshall Sighting at The Dorchester Hotel - June 14, 1980 at The Dorchester Hotel in London, Great Britain. (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
CENTURY CITY, CA - MARCH 10: Actress Penny Marshall, director Garry Marshall and actress Cindy Williams attend the Hollywood Radio & Television Society's 20th Annual International Broadcasting Awards on March 10, 1980 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Penny Marshall and musician Stephen Bishop attend 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 30, 1982 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Penny Marshall and Paul Simon during The Rainbow Room during 'A Romantic Evening at the Rainbow Room-Nine Sinatra Songs' - November 29, 1982 at The Rainbow Room in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Art Garfunkel and Penny Marshall during Simon and Garfunkel Performance - November 21, 1982 at Sherry Netherlands Hotel in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - 'Window On Main Street' - Airdate: October 12, 1982. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PENNY MARSHALL
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - 'Ski Show' - Airdate: February 23, 1982. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PENNY MARSHALL
NEW YORK CITY - FEBRUARY 13: Penny Marshall sighted on February 13, 1982 at the Helmsley Palace Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - 'An Affair to Forget' - Airdate: February 9, 1982. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PENNY MARSHALL
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 30: Actress Penny Marshall and musician Stephen Bishop attend the 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 30, 1982 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Penny Marshall and Carol Kane during Limelight Party Hosted by Susan Sarandon - November 13, 1983 at Limelight in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 01: Art Garfunkel and Penny Marshall (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 01: Penny Marshall, , Carol Kane (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Penny Marshall and Art Garfunkel (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - 'The Fashion Show' - Airdate: February 1, 1983. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PENNY MARSHALL
Penny Marshall and Art Garfunkel during Play Party for 'Agnes of God' - January 3, 1983 at Sardi's Restaurant in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Penny Marshall and Debra Winger during Penny Marshall and Debra Winger Sighting - May 1, 1984, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Penny Marshall and Guest during 56th Annual Academy Awards at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
guest and Penny Marshall during Laffett Art Exhibition - November 12, 1985 at Laffett Galleries in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Penny Marshall during Screening of 'The Sure Thing' at Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Penny Marshall during 'Ishtar' Premiere - Los Angeles at Plitt Theater in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Penny Marshall during Party At The 20/20 Club in Los Angeles - November 16, 1988 at 20/20 Club in Los Angeles, CA, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - NOVEMBER 2: Penny Marshall and Jon Lovitz attend 'Full Moon In Blue Water' Premiere on November 2, 1988 at the Regency Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 01: Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Milos Forman and Penny Marshall during 'Awakenings' New York City Screening and Party at Pierre Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Penny Marshall and Milos Forman during Kodak Century Award To Milos Forman at Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 17: Penny Marshall (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Penny Marshall and guest during 'Mr. Saturday Night' - Hollywood Premiere at Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson attend the A League of Their Own film premiere directed by Penny Marshall. (Photo by Rick Maiman/Sygma via Getty Images)
Penny Marshall during 5th Annual Fire and Ice Ball to Benefit Revlon UCLA Women Cancer Center at 20th Century Fox Studios in Century City, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 470 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Penny Marshall during an interview with host Jay Leno on May 31, 1994 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Mark Wahlberg and Penny Marshall (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Honoree Penny Marshall arrives at ACLU Torch of Liberty Dinner at the Century Plaza Hotel on September 11, 1995 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Davis/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES- September 11: ACLU of Southern California Torch of Liberty Dinner 1995. Penny Marshall (L) and Carrie Fisher (R) lean onto one another, both smiling, Carrie's eyes closed, at ACLU Torch of Liberty Dinner honoring Penny Marshall at the Century Plaza Hotel on September 11, 1995 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Lindsay Brice/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 16: Penny Marshall attending launch party for the movie 'Die Hard: With a Vengeance' at Planet Hollywood. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Penny Marshall during 'The Preacher's Wife' New York City Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Premiere of The Preacher's Wife at Roseland. Whitney Houston and Penny Marshall. (Photo By: Richard Corkery/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1043 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Penny Marshall with host Jay Leno during an interview on December 2, 1996 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Meryl Streep & Penny Marshall during Premiere Magazine 3rd Annual Women in Hollywood Awards Lunch at Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
(L-R) Actress/director Penny Marshall and television personality Rosie O'Donnell. (Photo by Dave Allocca/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Actress/director Penny Marshall. (Photo by Marion Curtis/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 01: Penny Marshall (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Drew Barrymore and Penny Marshall arrive at Madison Square Garden for Barbra Streisand's farewell concert. (Photo by Steve Azzara/Corbis via Getty Images)
Motion picture actress and director Penny Marshall, smiles in her Yankees' shirt while attending the Jayson Williams' Charity Softball game. (Photo by Mitchell Gerber/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
Penny Marshall during at the 5th Annual Food Allergy Ball at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. 12/3/02 Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images
Penny Marshall during The 15th Carousel Of Hope Ball - Arrivals at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams during ET/GLAMOUR Emmy Party Celebrating a Night of GLAMOUR on Sunset at Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 26: Actress/Producer Penny Marshall and actress Lori Petty serve food at A Place Called Home, which provides at-risk youth with 'a secure, positive family environment' annual Thanksgiving dinner, funded by The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation. More than 500 people were served a holiday meal on November 26, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Penny Marshall during Rosie O'Donnell's Production of Taboo Opens on Broadway - After Party at The Roxy in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 20: (US TABS, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Actress/director/producer Penny Marshall with three Laker girls pose during a special night of partying to benefit the Lakers Youth Foundation hosted by Shaquille O'Neal at the New Hollywood Avalon October 20, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
Penny Marshall during Naomi Campbell Hosts Fete for Iman at Cipriani at 23rd St in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Penny Marshall during Gigi Grazer's 'Starter Wife' Book Party at Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, United States. (Photo by Donato Sardella/WireImage for Harrison & Shriftman)
Actress Penny Marshall attends the 6th annual Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation Gala at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers on November 7, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Producer/director Penny Marshall attends 'Rock The Vote' Hosted by Christina Aguilera held at the Esquire House Hollywood Hills on September 25, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT -- Episode 202 -- Pictured: (l-r) Penny Marshall, Rosie O'Donnell, Contestant, Chris Colfer -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 704 -- Pictured: (l-r) Penny Marshall during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on September 21, 2012 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Kathie Lee Gifford, Penny Marshall and Hoda Kotb appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
©2010 GAMEPIKS Actress and director Penny Marshall sits courtside as she attends the Los Angeles Lakers/Portland Trailblazers NBA game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on November 7, 2010. The Lakers defeated the Trailblazers 121-96. XYZ (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
PARSIPPANY, NJ - OCTOBER 26: Penny Marshall attends the 2012 Chiller Theatre Expo at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel on October 26, 2012 in Parsippany, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: Penny Marshall attends the Friars Foundation Gala honoring Robert De Niro and Carlos Slim at The Waldorf=Astoria on October 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
DANA POINT, CA - OCTOBER 14: Director Penny Marshal attends 'A League Of Their Own' Reunion Softball Game hosted by espnW presented by The Bentonville Film Festival on October 14, 2015 in Dana Point, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Director Penny Marshall attends the opening night of the Hollywood Film Festival at ArcLight Hollywood on September 24, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Getty Images for Hollywood Film Festival)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Actress Penny Marshall Actress celebrates ground-breaking achievements in cancer research at Revlon's Annual Philanthropic Luncheon at the Chateau Marmont on September 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Revlon)
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Marshall began her directing career by helming several episodes of “Laverne & Shirley.” With little experience, she replaced Howard Zieff as director on her feature directorial debut, the Whoopi Goldberg vehicle “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” which for a comedy grossed a respectable $30 million in 1986. Far more successful, however, was Marshall’s second outing, the 1988 sentimental comedy “Big,” which sported a subtle, delightful, Oscar-nominated performance from Tom Hanks — and grossed $151 million worldwide, reportedly becoming the first film directed by a woman to gross $100 million.

Her third film, the critically acclaimed “Awakenings,” starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro and based on the Oliver Sacks book, grossed $52 million but drew three Oscar nominations — including best picture and best actor for De Niro. The film was only the second directed by a woman that was nominated for best picture (Randa Haines’ “Children of a Lesser God” was the first, in 1986). Roger Ebert said: “Because this movie is not a tearjerker but an intelligent examination of a bizarre human condition, it’s up to De Niro to make Leonard not an object of sympathy, but a person who helps us wonder about our own tenuous grasp on the world around us.”

“A League of Their Own,” set in the world of women’s baseball, which existed temporarily during World War II, and starring Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell, grossed $132 million worldwide, including about $25 million overseas — very impressive for a movie about women’s baseball, not exactly a worldwide endeavor. The movie was selected in 2012 for inclusion in the National Film Registry, and it spawned a briefed television adaptation.

Marshall’s run of extraordinary success ended with her next film, the critically derided “Renaissance Man,” which starred Danny DeVito as a reluctant instructor in the U.S. Army. The New York Times’ Janet Maslin began her review by declaring, “If you’re looking for a learning experience, ‘Renaissance Man’ is ready to teach you what the words simile, metaphor, oxymoron and formula mean.”

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UNITED STATES - JANUARY 28: Laverne and Shirley - Pilot Episode - 1976, Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 28: Laverne and Shirley - Opening Titles - 1976, Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
Aired: 1976-1983.
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - 'Good Time Girls' - Airdate: November 30, 1976. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) CINDY WILLIAMS;PENNY MARSHALL
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - 'Dear Future Model' - Airdate: November 23, 1976. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PENNY MARSHALL;CINDY WILLIAMS
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - 'Look Before You Leap' - Airdate: November 16, 1976. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) CINDY WILLIAMS;PENNY MARSHALL
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 10: LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY - 'Guilty Until Proven Innocent' - 11/10/76 Marilyn Redfield, Penny Marshall (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 01: LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY - 'Dear Future Model' - 11/1/76 - Carole Ita White, Penny Marshall (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - 'Excuse Me, May I Cut In?' - Airdate: October 26, 1976. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PENNY MARSHALL
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - Gallery - Shoot Date: October 19, 1977. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PENNY MARSHALL
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - 'Bachelor Mothers' - Airdate: October 19, 1976. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PENNY MARSHALL;CINDY WILLIAMS;HENRY WINKLER
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - Gallery - Shoot Date: October 19, 1977. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) FRONT ROW (L-R): MICHAEL MCKEAN;PENNY MARSHALL;CINDY WILLIAMS;DAVID L. LANDER BACK ROW (L-R): CAROLE ITA WHITE;PHIL FOSTER;EDDIE MEKKA;BETTY GARRETT
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 14: LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY - 'Look Before You Leap' - 10/14/76 Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - 'Angels of Mercy' - Airdate: October 5, 1976. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PENNY MARSHALL
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - 'Angels of Mercy' - Airdate: October 5, 1976. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PENNY MARSHALL;CINDY WILLIAMS
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 04: LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY - 'Steppin Out' 10/4/76 Penny Marshall (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 27: LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY - 'Bachelor Mothers' - 9/27/76 Cindy Williams, Henry Winkler, Penny Marshall (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - 'It's the Water' - Airdate: April 6, 1976. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) CINDY WILLIAMS;PENNY MARSHALL
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - 'Dog Day, Blind Date' - Airdate: March 9, 1976. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) CINDY WILLIAMS;PENNY MARSHALL
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - 'Falter at the Altar' - Airdate: March 2, 1976. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) CINDY WILLIAMS;PENNY MARSHALL
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She returned with some gusto with “The Preacher’s Wife,” starring Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston in a remake of a 1940s Christmas classic. The Times’ Stephen Holden was happy to declare, “The movie is a shrewdly conceived update of the 1947 comic heart-warmer ‘The Bishop’s Wife'”; after enumerating a few misgivings, he finished by saying, “All these these loose ends don’t keep ‘The Preacher’s Wife’ from producing a mild feel-good glow.” The film made $48 million.

After five years, Marshall returned with her final film, 2001’s “Riding in Cars With Boys,” starring Drew Barrymore, which drew so-so reviews and about $35 million worldwide. Peter Rainer in New York magazine said, “Beverly is supposed to be a bad girl running with the wrong crowd, but most of the time she seems to be right out of a serioso episode of ‘Laverne & Shirley.'”

More recently she had directed two episodes of the ABC sitcom “According to Jim” in 2009; the 2010 TV movie “Women Without Men,” in which she also starred along with Lorraine Bracco, Dyan Cannon and Roseanne Barr; and two episodes of Showtime’s “United States of Tara” in 2010 and 2011.

Marshall also produced a number of films, including many of her directing projects as well as Ron Howard’s “Cinderella Man,” starring Russell Crowe, and Nora Ephron’s disastrous feature adaptation of “Bewitched,” both in 2005.

But it all started, really, with “Laverne & Shirley.”

The show, which premiered in January 1976, scored in the ratings immediately, and everyone began to figure out how to generate ancillary revenue. Within months of the series’ debut, Marshall and Williams were asked to record an album, “Laverne & Shirley Sing”; they sang one song from the album, a cover of the Crystals’ hit “Da Do Ron Ron,” on a float during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade that November.

An animated series, “Laverne & Shirley in the Army,” ran in ABC’s Saturday morning lineup in 1981, with Marshall and Williams voicing the characters; after 13 episodes, an animated Fonzie (voiced by Henry Winkler) and his dog were added, and the product was wedded to the animated version of “Mork & Mindy” to create “The Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour.”

The show inspired a line of tie-in merchandise, including Laverne, Shirley, Lenny, and Squiggy dolls, a board game, puzzles, and a great deal more.

Marshall and Williams also made crossover appearances — back on “Happy Days,” where they’d started; on the 1978 pilot of “Mork & Mindy” together with Winkler’s Fonzie; and on the brief Garry Marshall-created show “Blansky’s Beauties” in 1977.

Meanwhile, “Laverne & Shirley” itself evolved; the first five seasons were set in Milwaukee, with the two leads employed in a brewery; the sixth season relocated the characters to Burbank, Calif.; and then, in the eighth and final season, Cindy Williams and her husband feuded with Paramount, the producers and Penny Marshall when Williams became pregnant, resulting in her abrupt departure from the show, although no one agrees exactly who was to blame. Marshall and Williams did not speak to each other for several years but eventually reconciled.

Carole Penny Marshall was born in the Bronx. Her mother taught tap dancing, while her father directed industrial films.

She attended the University of New Mexico for 2½ years. While there, Marshall got pregnant at 19, and soon thereafter married the father, a football player.

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Director Garry Marshall attends the premiere of "Mother's Day" in Los Angeles April 13, 2016. REUTERS/Phil McCarten
Honoree Sarah Jessica Parker (L) is surprised by director and producer Garry Marshall as she is interviewed at the 19th Annual ELLE Women in Hollywood dinner in Beverly Hills, Callifornia October 15, 2012. The event honors women who have had a profound impact on the film industry. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT FASHION MEDIA)
Director Garry Marshall arrives as a guest at the 19th Annual ELLE Women in Hollywood dinner in Beverly Hills, California October 15, 2012. The event honors women who have had a profound impact on the film industry. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT HEADSHOT)
Director Garry Marshall is interviewed at the premiere of "Valentine's Day" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California February 8, 2010. The movie opens in the U.S. on February 12. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actor Henry Winkler, star of the TV series "Happy Days" (L) looks on as writer, director and producer Garry Marshall (C) accepts the Legend Award actress while Cindy Williams (R) of "Laverne & Shirley" watches at the taping of the 6th annual TV Land Awards in Santa Monica June 8, 2008. The show will be telecast June 15. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES)
Presenter Garry Marshall gestures at the 17th annual GLAAD Media awards at the Kodak theatre in Hollywood April 8, 2006. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media awards recognize and honor mainstream media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender community and the issues that affect their lives. The show will be televised on Logo, MTV Networks' cable channel, and VH1. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Garry Marshall (C), the director of the family comedy motion picture "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement," poses with cast members Anne Hathaway (L) and Julie Andrews during the premiere of the film at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California August 7, 2004. ["The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement" opens in the United States August 11.]
Actor Garry Marshall gestures during the 22nd American Cinematheque Award ceremony in Beverly Hills, California October 12, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES)
Actor Henry Winkler (L), star of the television series "Happy Days" looks on as writer, director and producer Garry Marshall (C) accepts the Legend Award at the taping of the 6th annual TV Land Awards in Santa Monica June 8, 2008. Actors Cindy Williams from "Laverne & Shirley" and Jack Klugman (R) from "The Odd Couple" look on. The show will be telecast June 15. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Director Garry Marshall attends The Cinema Society with Lands End screening of Open Road Films 'Mother's Day' at Metrograph on April 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 21: Garry Marshall attends the 9th annual Film In California Conference at CBS Studios on May 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
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Marshall made her screen debut in 1968 with small roles in Richard Rush’s “The Savage Seven” and Jerry Paris’ “How Sweet It Is!,” on which her brother Garry was a writer. She also had small roles in Paris’ 1970 film “The Grasshopper,” but she found much more work on television, guesting on series including “That Girl,” “Love, American Style” and “The Bob Newhart Show.”

From 1972-74 she recurred on “The Odd Couple,” a show developed for TV by brother Garry, as Myrna, the schlumpy secretary employed by Jack Klugman’s Oscar Madison. (Marshall reprised the role for the 1993 reunion movie, “The Odd Couple: Together Again”).

She was a series regular on the critically acclaimed but short-lived CBS sitcom “Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers,” in which she played Janice, who frequently mocked her brother-in-law, played by Sand, for his romantic failures.

In 1975 she guested on “Mary Tyler Moore” but, more importantly, on “Happy Days,” where Marshall’s Laverne De Fazio and Cindy Williams’ Shirley Feeney first appeared on an episode where Fonzie chooses two girls from his little black book for a double date with Ron Howard’s Richie. (“Happy Days” was, like “The Odd Couple,” co-created by Penny’s helpful brother Garry Marshall); letters to the show revealed that viewers liked the Laverne and Shirley characters, and when Garry Marshall was asked by then ABC programming exec Fred Silverman to come up with an idea for another sitcom with which to build a Tuesday night comedy block, he devised “Laverne & Shirley.”

According to Marley Brant’s book “Happier Days: Paramount Television’s Classic Sitcoms, 1974-84,” Marshall and Williams had met on the set of the film “The Christian Licorice Store” in the late 1960s. Later “the two young women were hired as writers for a bicentennial spoof of American history that Francis Ford Coppola’s company was doing. The girls liked each other and became friends.”

Despite the helping hand of her brother Garry, who was offering to cast her in her own show, Penny Marshall was initially reluctant to take on “Laverne & Shirley.” But she did, and Williams, deciding it would be fun to work with her friend, agreed as well.

The chant of “Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!” that preceded Cyndi Grecco’s theme song “Making Our Dreams Come True” in the series’ opening montage was drawn from a song Penny Marshall and her friends used to sing on the way to school.

Garry Marshall created, produced, directed, and wrote for the series. Penny starred, and she directed a few episodes. Their sister Ronny Hallin was the casting director, and their father, Anthony Marshall, was also a producer.

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The various feuds related to the show were settled over the years, and “Good Morning America” hosted a reunion of the cast in 2012.

In a Yahoo blog post, Kimberly Potts wrote: “Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams reunited (and proved they’ve still got some serious physical comedy skills) for a 2013 episode of the Nickelodeon series ‘Sam & Cat,’ in which they played the warring creators of a 1970s TV series called ‘Salmon Cat.’ ‘Sam & Cat’ stars Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande re-created the iconic ‘L&S’ show opening for the episode.”

Marshall’s candid autobiography “My Mother Was Nuts” was published in 2012.

Marshall was apparently diagnosed with lung and brain cancer came in 2009, but then she appeared to make a complete recovery.

Marshall was twice married, the first time to Michael Henry from 1961-63, the second time to actor-director Rob Reiner from 1971-79. Both marriages ended in divorce.

She is survived by a daughter by Henry who was adopted by Reiner, actress Tracy Reiner and sister Ronny Hallin, a TV director.

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