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Marshall died Monday at her Hollywood Hills home following complications from diabetes, according to the report.

"Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Penny Marshall", the Marshall family said in a statement, adding that Penny was a tomboy who loved sports, doing puzzles of any kind, drinking milk and Pepsi together and being with her family.

She made her name as Laverne DeFazio on the TV sitcom "Laverne and Shirley" (1976-1983), earning three Golden Globe nominations, before making her directorial debut with "Jumpin´ Jack Flash" (1986).

After "Laverne and Shirley", Marshall went on to become a successful director of movies like "A League of Their Own", "Big" and "Awakenings". It's a attractive, touching movie that made Marshall the second woman ever to direct a film that was nominated for Best Picture. Her 1988 hit comedy Big, starring Tom Hanks, was about a 12-year-old boy who wakes up in the body of a 30-year-old New York City man. After starring on creator Garry Marshall's "Happy Days", Ron Howard directed classics like "Splash", while his Imagine Entertainment gave us "Arrested Development".

She also sat in the director's chair for 'Awakenings, ' starring the late Robin Williams.

Marshall often shrugged off similar criticism, telling the New York Times: "But I like corny". "All In the Family" star Rob Reiner would go on to direct "This Is Spinal Tap", "When Harry Met Sally" and "The Princess Bride".

Marshall's family hailed her contribution to the entertainment industry in its statement, saying, "As an actress, her work on "Laverne & Shirley" broke ground featuring blue-collar women entertaining America in prime time". "I said, 'They'll learn to like you". FOX6's Hollywood Insider Gino Salomone interviewed Marshall throughout her career - and learned about her passions off-screen. Speaking to the New Yorker in 2012, she said, "I was married twice, and I was with Artie for five years, and anything else you're not hearing about". She knew what she wanted and she was very strong.

"She was amusing & so smart".

James Brooks dismissed this with his own assertion that Marshall's insecurity was mostly a private affair as he praised her artistic insights and her compassion for the actors she worked with.

Describing her upbringing, Marshall, who wrote a memoir titled "My Mother Was Nuts", once said, "you had to form a sense of humor or else you'd kill yourself".

Penny Marshall, director of smash hit '80s and '90s movies like Big and A League Of Their Own, has died in Hollywood, aged 75. But her most enduring character is Laverne, an outgoing girl with a glorious honk of a voice and a saucy, flirtatious smile. "May she rest in peace".

"As Garry Marshall said there weren't a lot of blue collar women on TV at the time and she and Cindy were just the next thing since Lucy about physical comedy", said Kaprall. Occasionally, she'd play herself, as she did on Entourage and Bones.


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