Penny Marshall, the nasally and good-natured Bronx native who starred on the ABC ratings sensation Laverne & Shirley before shattering records as a top-grossing female director in Hollywood died Dec. 18 at 75 of complications from diabetes. Marshall earned fame — but, incredibly not even one Emmy nomination — for playing the wisecracking Laverne DeFazio on the Happy Days spinoff created by her brother. Laverne & Shirley, which aired for eight seasons from 1976-83, centered on the escapades of two romantically challenged Milwaukee brewery workers, with Cindy Williams co-starring as Marshall’s idealistic roommate, Shirley Feeney. Apart from acting, Marshall went on to helm a myriad of successful films including Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1986), starring Whoopi Goldberg, Big (1988) with Tom Hanks, Awakenings (1990), A League of Their Own (1992), and The Renaissance Man (1994). Throughout her career as a filmmaker, Marshall became the second women ever to helm a best picture Oscar nominee and Big is recognized as the first film directed by a woman to gross more than $100 million.