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 Own, wrote 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.
Goodbye, Penny. Man, did we laugh a lot! Wish we still could. Love you. Hanx.— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) December 18, 2018
#RIPPennyMarshall She was funny & so smart. She made the transition from sitcom star to A List movie director with ease & had a major impact on both mediums. All that & always relaxed, funny & totally unpretentious. I was lucky to have known & worked with her. https://t.co/pf2kfIkCH4— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) December 18, 2018
So sad about Penny.— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) December 18, 2018
Yesterday I held a Golden Gloves award from the 1930’s, given to me by Penny Marshall.— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) December 18, 2018
Hadn’t seen it in years.
Then today’s news...
Penny told me the story of Jim Braddock, which became the movie Cinderella Man. She was kind, she was crazy,so talented and she loved movies. RIP
I loved Penny. I grew up with her. She was born with a great gift. She was born with a funnybone and the instinct of how to use it. I was very lucky to have lived with her and her funnybone. I will miss her.— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) December 18, 2018
Oh Penny Marshall. Rest In Peace and thank you for everything.— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) December 18, 2018
R.I.P. Penny Marshall. So talented and funny. A big loss.— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) 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’m terribly sad to hear the news about Penny passing. My heart goes out to Tracy Reiner and her family. Penny brought so much joy to so many and will be sorely missed. I will be forever grateful to her for letting me be a part of A League of Their Own.” Geena Davis— GeenaDavisInstitute (@GDIGM) December 18, 2018
I grew up wanting to be as funny as Penny Marshall, and had the pleasure of meeting her a few times. Watch some old Laverne and Shirley to see why her brother Garry insisted on casting her. Comedy gold, she was. pic.twitter.com/DhP10j7m8s— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) December 18, 2018
I was invited by Penny Marshall to her house one afternoon to talk about a film she was doing. She was so kind to me. She was so smart and funny. I will never forget that afternoon. My heart goes out to her family and friends. pic.twitter.com/JGE9kB7uAF— Vincent D'Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio) December 18, 2018
Penny Marshall brought us great laughter and truly broke new ground as a director. Neither a schlemiel, nor ever a schlimazel, she shall be missed by her many fans. Rest in peace.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 18, 2018
As a comedian, actor and director, Penny Marshall was truly in a league of her own. She’ll be missed. pic.twitter.com/xX7CfMWot0— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) December 18, 2018
I got to stay up late-after Happy Days-2 watch Laverne & Shirley. So sad 2 learn that Penny Marshall has passed. Sitting on a sit-com set 40 years later, thinking about milk & pepsi, rodeo-doh-doh-doh & so many of her brilliant moments. Love to her family, friends & our town... pic.twitter.com/imFiGVSw3T— Sean Astin (@SeanAstin) December 18, 2018
Oh Rest In Peace dear Penny Marshall we have had many laughs through the years. This is very sad news.— Rosanna Arquette (@RoArquette) December 18, 2018
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
Sad to hear of Penny Marshall’s passing. a great comedienne a terrific director and a dear friend.— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) December 18, 2018
Condolences to the family of Penny Marshall. She was a true treasure! pic.twitter.com/BtM46dAnYq— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) December 18, 2018
This one really hit me hard. One of the best to ever do it. From the Boogie Down but always repped LA too #clipperlover Thank you Penny for blazing trails and sharing your talents. You… https://t.co/Pf7H5PrJwH— Regina King (@ReginaKing) 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
Penny Marshall was a loyal friend, a pioneer for women in film, and true supporter of women in the industry. Rest In Peace my friend. pic.twitter.com/UL2yAgbNUr— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) December 18, 2018
Had the chance to meet and sit at plenty of Laker games with ms penny marshall during my childhood years. Great woman with a great soul! RIP pic.twitter.com/6ca7TkgDBo— Bow Wow (@smoss) December 18, 2018
Penny Marshall was one of the most important trailblazers. Her comedic talents brought success & fame, but she truly broke the mold w her directing- Big, Awakenings, A League of Their Own- becoming the first woman to direct a movie that grossed $100+ mil. Rest in love, PM— Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) December 18, 2018
One of my favorite Penny Marshall quotes: “I would much rather feel comfortable and feel beautiful, than to feel uncomfortable, but look fantastic.” Rest in love, Penny— Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) December 18, 2018
Rest in Power, Penny Marshall.— AWKWAFINA (@awkwafina) December 18, 2018
Penny Marshall was a sweet woman. I was very fortunate to spend time with her. So many laughs. She had a heart of gold. Tough as nails. She could play round ball with the best of them. Always All love, D— Danny DeVito (@DannyDeVito) December 18, 2018
So long to Penny Marshall, our first guest star. The Babysitter Bandit in Some Enchanted Evening (7G01). Great comedic actor and director. RIP pic.twitter.com/d43fyN5O68— David Silverman (@tubatron) December 18, 2018
At a time when men dominated, #pennymarshall broke barriers as a director, giving us hit after hit. A League of their Own, Awakenings, & Big aren’t simply great movies. They r classics made by a director who was simultaneously setting up shots while breaking down walls. RIP— Josh Gad (@joshgad) December 18, 2018
God Bless Penny Marshall's extraordinary soul.— james l. brooks (@canyonjim) December 18, 2018
Beyond doubt she was able to excel at anything she put her world class mind & heart to and, lucky us, she picked comedy and films which celebrated humans. To many of us lost ones she was, at the time, the world's greatest den mother.
Farewell to the lady I imitated as a kid before becoming her neighbor years later, legendary sitcom star and BIG director Penny Marshall. I got to tell Penny that LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN is one of my favorite films when we recorded 4 epic podasts at my house: https://t.co/h7HU9poX7D https://t.co/B7qorn7ZAj— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) December 18, 2018
So saddened by Penny Marshall's passing. Her work entertained us for years — what a remarkable woman! One thing I'll always remember about Penny — & maybe some people don't know this — she had one of the best sports memorabilia collections I've ever seen. RIP, Penny Marshall.— Larry King (@kingsthings) December 18, 2018