Another Hollywood favorite has passed. Actress Penny Marshall died at the age of 75 in her Hollywood Hills home on December 17. According to E! News, she died from complications of diabetes.
“Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Penny Marshall,” a spokesperson for the family said. Penny Marshall was most well-known for her role as Laverne in “Laverne and Shirley,” which premiered on ABC for eight seasons from 1976 to 1983.
Marshall also served as the director on films including “A League of Their Own,” “Renaissance Man,” “The Preacher’s Wife,” and “Riding in Cars With Boys.”
Many fans and friends have taken to social media to remember the late star.
Mourning the loss of a funny, poignant, and original American voice. 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. She will be missed. May she RIP.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) December 18, 2018
Fun fact: Penny Marshall was the first-ever celebrity guest star on The Simpsons. She played a sinister babysitter in what was supposed to be the show’s pilot, but it came back with animation issues and instead became the first season finale.
RIP to a true talent. pic.twitter.com/R77oDpq5g2
— Andy Herren (@AndyHerren) December 18, 2018
Thank you, Penny Marshall. For the trails you blazed. The laughs you gave. The hearts you warmed. pic.twitter.com/7qPKJa6ApH
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) December 18, 2018
I always loved this picture because it was my way of emulating the great Penny Marshall. I’m sad to read she has passed. Director, producer and actress who had the humor, wit and fortitude to stand equally with the boys in Hollywood. Goodbye Penny, we will miss you. RIP pic.twitter.com/gqa9w3TEOh
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) December 18, 2018
I've always been tickled by the fact that Rosie O'Donnell said she ended up with such a large (and wonderful) role in "A League of Their Own" because she was the only actor on set who could understand Penny Marshall's Bronx accent.
RIP to an absolute legend. pic.twitter.com/PJOFxOvC6j
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) December 18, 2018