Actor, director, and producer Penny Marshall passed away this week at age 75. Marshall rose to fame with her role as Laverne DeFazio in the sitcom, Laverne and Shirley. Her performance earned her three Golden Globe nominations for best actress in comedy television. But she didn’t just work in front of the camera. Marshall is responsible for some of the most iconic films from the 1980s and 1990s.
She directed Big, starring Tom Hanks, in 1988. It became the first film by a woman to earn over $100 million in the U.S. box office. Marshall then went on to direct such films as Awakenings and A League of Their Own. Marshall’s work on both sides of the camera impacted the film world, showcasing the power of women and comedy.
In this clip, Marshall talks about Laverne and Shirley while driving in her pink Cadillac. This clip is part of “Sitcom: The Adventures of Garry Marshall,” produced by Wendy Apple and Megan Williams. The documentary follows a day in the life of Garry Marshall, Penny’s brother and executive producer for ABC who was responsible for hit shows as Laverne and Shirley, Happy Days, and Mork and Mindy.
“Sitcom” was created and produced by Wendy Apple, Nick DeMartino, and Megan Williams.