RIP Penny Marshall

It takes a certain kind of woman to break into the boys club and blaze a trail for other women to follow in her path.

Actor and director Penny Marshall was one of those women. She died today at the age of 75.

Born in the Bronx, NY, she broke into the national consciousness in 1976 when she played Laverne DeFazio opposite Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney in the classic 1970’s sitcom, Laverne & Shirley (1976-1973).Laverne and Shirley were two single women in the 1950’s and 1960’s balancing work, love, friendship and everything in between while going on hilarious adventures.

In the 1980’s and 199o’s, she switched from working in front of the camera to working behind the camera. Directing such beloved movies as Big and A League of Their Own, she proved that not only can women direct, but they can direct films that audiences and critics enjoy.

RIP. May her memory be a blessing.

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Filed under Feminism, Movies, New York City, Television

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