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.
Robert Loggia passed away yesterday.
Known for his distinctive voice and the great variety of characters that he played over the years, Mr. Loggia is remembered by his family, his colleagues and his fans.
Two of his most memorable roles are Big and Independence Day.
When we are kids, there is mystique about being a grownup. We think that we will be wealthy, carefree and have no one to tell us what to do.
Then we grow up and the fantasy is quickly shattered.
In Big (1988), Josh (David Moscow) is a young boy who is tired of being a kid. He wants to be an adult. Josh makes a wish to grow up at a magical wish machine. He wakes up the next day in the form of Tom Hanks. Josh begins to enjoy the perks of adulthood, but he will also learn about the grey areas and the not so carefree aspects of being an adult.
This movie is a very interesting because it appeals to a wide range of audience members. The adults will remember what is was to be a kid (and sometimes wish they could be a kid again) and the kids might begin to understand that being an adult is not as cracked up as it seems.
I recommend it.