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Penny Marshall dead at age 75

Chris Pastrick
| Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, 2:06 p.m.
Penny Marshall at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York.
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Penny Marshall at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York.
FILE - In this Sept. 9, 1979 file photo, Penny Marshal, left,l and Cindy Williams from the comedy series 'Laverne & Shirley' appear at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Marshall died of complications from diabetes on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at her Hollywood Hills home. She was 75. (AP Photo/George Brich, FIle)
FILE - In this Sept. 9, 1979 file photo, Penny Marshal, left,l and Cindy Williams from the comedy series 'Laverne & Shirley' appear at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Marshall died of complications from diabetes on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at her Hollywood Hills home. She was 75. (AP Photo/George Brich, FIle)
FILE - In this Dec. 6, 1982 file photo, actress Penny Marshall poses with her brother, producer-director Garry Marshall at a dinner given in honor of Garry Marshall by the Los Angeles Free Clinic in Los Angeles. Penny Marshall died of complications from diabetes on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at her Hollywood Hills home. She was 75. Gary Marshall died in 2016. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 6, 1982 file photo, actress Penny Marshall poses with her brother, producer-director Garry Marshall at a dinner given in honor of Garry Marshall by the Los Angeles Free Clinic in Los Angeles. Penny Marshall died of complications from diabetes on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at her Hollywood Hills home. She was 75. Gary Marshall died in 2016. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
FILE - In this July 14, 1982 file photo, actress Penny Marshall appears in Los Angeles. Marshall died of complications from diabetes on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at her Hollywood Hills home. She was 75. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
FILE - In this July 14, 1982 file photo, actress Penny Marshall appears in Los Angeles. Marshall died of complications from diabetes on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at her Hollywood Hills home. She was 75. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

Comedian, actress and director Penny Marshall has died at age 75.

Mashall's publicist, Michelle Bega, said Marshall died in her Hollywood Hills, Calif., home on Monday due to complications from diabetes.

Marshall first gained fame in the 1970s for her role as Laverne DeFazio on ABC’s hit sitcom “Laverne & Shirley.” Among her character’s trademarks was the cursive “L” on her clothing.

The show ran eight seasons from 1976 to 1983. In its third and fourth seasons, it was the No. 1 watched show on TV.

In the mid 1980s, Marshall made the transition to working behind the camera, directing films such as the 1988 hit “Big” with Tom Hanks, 1990’s “Awakenings,” with Robin Williams and Robert De Niro, and “A League of Their Own,” with Geena Davis and Madonna.

With "Big," Marshall was the first female director with a film that grossed more than $100 million.

Marshall was treated for brain and lung cancer in 2009. She went into remission in 2012.

In a statement, the family said, "Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Penny Marshall. Penny was a girl from the Bronx, who came out West, put a cursive 'L' on her sweater and transformed herself into a Hollywood success story. We hope her life continues to inspire others to spend time with family, work hard and make all of their dreams come true."

From 1971 to 1981, she was married to actor/director Rob Reiner. Her brother is actor/director/TV producer Garry Marshall.

She was born Carole Penny Marshall in the Bronx in New York on Oct. 15, 1943.

Her early work in television included roles on "That Girl," "The Odd Couple" and a guest appearance on "Happy Days" with Cindy Williams in 1975, which led to ABC to develop a spinoff of their characters.

Marshall's co-stars, who became close friends, shared their feelings on social media.

Chris Pastrick is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris at 724-226-4697, cpastrick@tribweb.com or via Twitter @CPastrickTrib.

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