Actress and director Penny Marshall died Monday night at the age of 75. According to publicist Michelle Bega, Marshall died “peacefully” in her Hollywood Hills home from diabetes complications. Marshall became well known for her beloved role in the Laverne & Shirley sitcom, which ran from 1976 until 1983. She went on to direct several hit moves, including Big and A League of Their Own. “Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Penny Marshall,” her family said in a statement. “Penny was a tomboy who loved sports, doing puzzles of any kind, drinking milk and Pepsi together and being with her family.” Her family plans to hold a “celebration of her life” at a later date. “As an actress, her work on Laverne & Shirley broke ground featuring blue-collar women entertaining America in prime time. She was a comedic natural with a photographic memory and an instinct for slapstick,” the family said. Marshall is survived by her sister Ronny, her daughter, and three grandkids.
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