Penny Marshall of Laverne & Shirley fame has died

Penny Marshall, August 28, 1988. (Photo by Alan Light courtesy of Wikipedia)

Penny Marshall has died at the age of 75.

The actress, comedian and director died Monday night at her Hollywood Hills home due to complications from diabetes, according to multiple media reports.

Marshall, whose real name was Carole Marshall, appeared on The Odd Couple, and on Happy Days with Cindy Williams.  The pair then went on to star in their own spin-off sitcom, Laverne & Shirley, which garnered major success in 1976 and ran for eight seasons.  Marshall received three nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a  Television Series Musical or Comedy for her role in the show.

Marshall moved on to films in the 1980s and directed Big in 1988, which became the first film directed by a woman to gross more than $100 million at the U.S. box office.  She also directed Jumpin’ Jack Flash in 1986, Awakenings in 1990, A League of Their Own in 1992, Renaissance Man in 1994, The Preacher’s Wife in 1996, and Riding in Cars with Boys in 2001.

She also holds producer credits on Cinderella Man (2005) and Bewitched (2005). Marshall was also a producer on some episodes of the sitcom According to Jim.

Marshall is survived by her older sister, daughter and three grandchildren.