Marshall died of complications from diabetes on Monday at her home in Hollywood Hills, California, her publicist told Reuters news agency in a phone interview. With encouragement from her brother Garry, Marshall also made her directorial debut on the series, directing four episodes over the course of its eight seasons. They love Dottie. They argue over whether Dottie really dropped the ball.
"I grew up wanting to be as amusing as Penny Marshall, and had the pleasure of meeting her a few times. So I think it still appeals because we were working class".
Carole Penny Marshall was born October 15, 1943, in the Bronx.
Marshall dealt with a number of health scares during the last decade of her life.
Marshall was once married to Rob Reiner and once dated Art Garfunkle. She manages to bring to life these worlds filled with strong women who are flawed but trying their best. The newly-unemployed Marshall then found herself pigeonholed by her success as Laverne, with good roles hard to find. Though her acting career waned in later years, she continued to pop up on television, often playing off her raspy voice and gruff demeanor on shows like Frasier, The Game and Portlandia.
Philip Ramey Corbis via Getty Images Penny Marshall sits courtside at Staples Center in Los Angeles Feb. 16 2010
"Her brother Garry played a big influence on her". Her first commercial was for Head & Shoulders opposite a then-unknown Farrah Fawcett.
Marshall's contemporaries thanked her for her kindness. "I had a kid already, my womb wasn't crying out". She was survived by her older sister Ronny, her daughter and three grandkids - Spencer, Bella and Viva.
Marshall never again matched the run of "Big", "Awakenings" and "A League of Their Own".
Other films Marshall directed included: Renaissance Man (1994) with Danny DeVito; The Preacher's Wife (1996) with Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston; and Riding in Cars with Boys (2001) with Drew Barrymore.
A Bronx native, Marshall became a dedicated Los Angeles Lakers fan, and a courtside regular. "They seek me out".