Wow, what a shock this is. I enjoyed her work for a very long time, from her days on Laverne and Shirley when I was a kid to her feature films. She was a huge talent, and, as I recall, a good friend to Carrie Fisher.
Another icon from my past is gone. I originally figured Penny was just lucky based on her brothers success. She proved me wrong over the years by making Laverne and Shirley what it was and then moving on to helm feature films. I loved Cindy Williams too but Penny was clearly the better actress and [IMO] Michael McKean was the breakout star.
RIP Penny. You will be missed but you've earned it.
An equally legitimate argument could have been made for creating this thread in the Movies forum, which shows the kind of impact she had on both mediums. A great comedic performer, and a great director.
I was so shocked to hear of her passing!
What an incredibly talented woman, from such a talented family.
I was at an antiques fair with my mom in NYC many years ago and I heard this unmistakable voice in back
of me...I turned around and of course it was Penny Marshall.