Today we mourn the death of a woman who could act, direct and produce movies and make us laugh and love her all at the same time.
That woman would be the one-of-a-kind Penny Marshall, who died Monday, December 17, at the age of 75.
As Laverne she was the perfect foil to her roommate Shirley on the TV show named after both characters. As a director she equaled the masters with movies like “Big,” “Awakenings,” “A League of Their Own,” and “The Preacher’s Wife.”
In her autobiography, “My Mother Was Nuts -- A Memoir,”
Marshall recalled her happiness as a child playing with the other apartment kids on the sidewalks and in nearby vacant lots.