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Penny Marshall has died, she was 75

Penny Marshall, 1943 - 2018
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Comedienne and director Penny Marshall has died, she was 75. 

Perhaps better known in the golden age of sitcom television as the first half of the comedy duo "Laverne and Shirley," Marshall went on to become a successful movie director. 

Her manager, Alan Lezman, talked to ET Canada to confirm news of her passing. “She was a pioneer. Strong willed and confident. Talented! I made the deal along with her agent Dan Strone, for her memoir My Mother Was Nuts, which accurately and aptly told the wonderful and funny story of her life. She will be missed!!!”

It is reported that Marshall died on Monday, “peacefully” at her Hollywood Hills home. “She passed away from complications from diabetes," her publicist told NY Daily News 

“Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Penny Marshall,” her family said in a statement to ET Canada. “Penny was a tomboy who loved sports, doing puzzles of any kind, drinking milk and Pepsi together and being with her family. 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.”

Getting her feet wet behind the camera on a few episodes of Laverne and Shirley, Marshall went on to make some very successful and critically lauded motion pictures including the Tom Hanks teen switcheroo "Big," and the Madonna sports dramedy "A League of Their Own."

Celebrities have flooded Twitter with posted condolences. From Mark Wahlberg to Rosie O'Donnell, the sentiment seems to be the same, she was a supportive and beloved member of Hollywood. 

“I’m terribly sad to hear the news about Penny passing," wrote Geena Davis. "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.”