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Also Known As: Carole Penny Marscharelli, Carole Penny Marshall Died:
Born: October 15, 1942 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: director, producer, actor

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A naturally gifted comedienne, Penny Marshall transcended an early brush with fame via the TV sitcom "Laverne and Shirley" (ABC, 1976-1983) to become a successful feature film director, with such titles as "Big" (1988), "A League of Their Own" (1992) and "Riding in Cars with Boys" (2001) among her credits. Though her directorial output received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, she made her way into the record books by becoming the first female filmmaker to helm two movies that reached the $100 million mark at the box office.

A naturally gifted comedienne, Penny Marshall transcended an early brush with fame via the TV sitcom "Laverne and Shirley" (ABC, 1976-1983) to become a successful feature film director, with such titles as "Big" (1988), "A League of Their Own" (1992) and "Riding in Cars with Boys" (2001) among her credits. Though her directorial output received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, she made her way into the record books by becoming the first female filmmaker to helm two movies that reached the $100 million mark at the box office.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Preacher's Wife, The (1996) Director
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  Renaissance Man (1994) Director
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  A League Of Their Own (1992) Director
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  Awakenings (1990) Director
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  Big (1988) Director
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  Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 New Year's Eve (2011)
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 Stateside (2004) Lieutenant Chevetone
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 Jackie's Back! (1999)
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 Hocus Pocus (1993) (Cameo Appearance)
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 Hard Way, The (1991) Angie
10.
 Movers And Shakers (1985) Reva
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Competed on and won "Ted Mack's Amateur Hour" with friends at age 14
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Performed as a teenager on "The Jackie Gleason Show" (CBS)
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Played one season of summer stock in Durango, CO in the mid-1960s
1967:
Made TV debut on "The Danny Thomas Hour" (NBC)
1968:
Appeared in films "How Sweet It Is" and "The Savage Seven"
1971:
Played recurring role of Myrna Turner on ABC sitcom "The Odd Couple"
1975:
Debuted Laverne DeFazio character on ABC's "Happy Days"
1976:
Co-starred as tough-talking Laverne opposite Cindy Williams' perky Shirley on hit ABC sitcom "Laverne and Shirley," a spin-off of "Happy Days"
1979:
Made TV directing debut on an episode of the sitcom "Working Stiffs" (CBS)
1979:
Directed four episodes of "Laverne and Shirley" toward the end of its run
1982:
Asked by Paramount to direct feature film "Joy of Sex," starring John Belushi; Belushi was then found dead in 1982; film eventually made by Martha Coolidge two years later
1986:
Feature directorial debut, Whoopi Goldberg comedy vehicle "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
1988:
Directed Tom Hanks to his first Oscar nomination in "Big"
1990:
Feature executive producing debut, "Awakenings"; film earned a Best Picture Oscar nomination
1992:
Helmed "A League of Their Own" about the women's national baseball league; film starred Geena Davis and Hanks, and featured Rosie O'Donnell and Madonna in supporting roles
1994:
Suffered what may have been a heart attack
1995:
Began appearing with Rosie O'Donnell in a series of TV commercials for K-Mart
1996:
Signed three-year, first-look deal with Universal Pictures
1996:
Helmed "The Preacher's Wife," a remake of the 1942 film "The Bishop's Wife"; Marshall's version starred Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston
2001:
Directed the comedy-drama "Riding in Cars With Boys," starring Drew Barrymore
2004:
Played Lt. Chevetone in the drama "Stateside," starring Carrie Fisher and Rachael Leigh Cook
2004:
Received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (August)
2006:
Appeared in Albert Brooks' "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World"
2006:
Helmed a series of Dove shorts headlined by Felicity Huffman; premiered at <i>dovenight.com</i>
2009:
Helmed two episodes of "According to Jim" (ABC), starring Jim Belushi
2010:
Directed "Women Without Men"; also co-starred with Lorraine Bracco and Dyan Cannon
2012:
Guest starred on IFC comedy series "Portlandia"
2012:
Published memoir <i>My Mother Was Nuts</i>
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Education

Walton High School: Bronx , New York - 1960
University of New Mexico: Albuquerque , New Mexico - 1961 - 1964

Notes

"Hollywood's top three directors today are Meathead, Opie and Laverne." --comic Bill Maher.

"I've been married. I have a child and a grandson. I'm very happy to watch a video at home with a friend rather than do dinner. I have a good support system of friends and family."--Penny Marshall to People, December 23, 1996.

"I was a tomboy, basically. I looked like a coconut [with] an overbite. You know how guys describe women as 'beautiful' or 'they have a good personality?' I was the one with the good personality. But I'm okay about it. I'm a grandmother now--I'm waiting to wear muumuus. . . The good thing about directing is you can get as old and funny looking as you want and not worry about it."--Penny Marshall, quoted in New York's Daily News, May 31, 1994.

"By all accounts, including her own, Marshall carries off her responsibilities as a director through the power of understatement. 'I administer in a very odd way--begging, whatever. But it gets done.' The main problem she sees for a woman directing a film is that 'girls cry.'"--Sean Mitchell in Los Angeles Times, December 16, 1990.

Marshall, whose real first name is Carole, was named after actress Carole Lombard, who died the year before she was born.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Michael Henry. Football player. Met while Marshall was a student at the University of New Mexico; biological father of Tracy Reiner; divorced 1966.
husband:
Rob Reiner. Director, actor. Second husband; married April 10, 1971; divorced c. 1980.

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father:
Tony Marscharelli. Producer, director of industrial films. Born in 1906; producer of "Laverne and Shirley" (1976-83); died on July 12, 1999 at age 93.
mother:
Marjorie Irene Marscharelli. Dance instructor. Died of Alzheimer's disease in 1983.
brother:
Garry Marshall. Producer, director. Born 1938; producer of TV series, "The Odd Couple" and "Laverne and Shirley".
sister:
Ronny Marshall. Casting coordinator. Worked on "Laverne and Shirley".
daughter:
Tracy Reiner. Actor. Born c. 1964; father Michael Henry; brought up by Rob Reiner whose last name she adopted; appeared in films by both parents; gave birth to a boy in October 1992.
grandson:
Spencer Reiner. Born October 1992.
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