Hollywood Pays Tribute to Penny Marshall

Rob Reiner, Rosie O'Donnell, Albert Brooks and more took to social media to pay their respects to the late Marshall on Tuesday.

Hollywood stars and public figures took to social media on Tuesday to pay tribute to Penny Marshall. The actress, director and producer died Monday from complications from diabetes. She was 75.

Marshall was known for playing Laverne DeFazio on the hit ABC series Laverne & Shirley, which was created by her brother Garry Marshall. He died in 2016 of complications from a stroke.

After eight years on the show, Marshall went on to shatter records as a top-grossing female director in Hollywood. Big, A League of Their Own and Awakenings are among her helming credits.

Rosie O'Donnell, who starred in her 1992 film A League of Their Ownwrote Tuesday on Twitter that she was "simply heartbroken" by the news. She also shared a commercial that she and Marshall worked on together for Kmart in 1996. 

"I first met Penny one month after having arriving here in L.A. I was a guest star on a TV pilot she was working on," Happy Days star Henry Winkler said Tuesday in a statement. "The next time we worked together was on that iconic episode of Happy Days. She was so inventive, so funny and so warm. She brought her own unique brand of humor to what was on the written page. Watching her playing Laverne, I remember thinking, 'Wow, she has just created the 20th Century Lucille Ball.'"

Other Happy Days castmembers shared their condolences. "Penny was as courageous as she was talented, and broke down the wall for women directors. Penny will be missed, but her talent and inspiration is evergreen," said Anson Williams. "Our dear sweet Penny has gone up to see Garry. So, there will no doubt be happier days in heaven, just as they made every day happy for us here on earth," Marion Ross added.

Meanwhile, Don Most, who played Ralph on the show, said, "So sad to hear about Penny's passing. She was a very funny, gifted and deceptively smart woman. There will be a lot more laughs up in heaven. RIP Penny."

Robert De Niro also mourned her in a statement, saying, "Penny will be missed. May she Rest in Peace."

Ava DuVernay also paid her respects to the late director. "Thank you, Penny Marshall. For the trails you blazed," she wrote in a tweet, which included a photo of Marshall. "The laughs you gave. The hearts you warmed."

Read on to see what other stars had to say about Marshall.