Penny Marshall’s death from complications relating to diabetes moved the Hollywood community to grieve on social media.
Director and actor Rob Reiner tweeted that he was “so sad” about Marshall’s passing. The two were married from 1971-1981.
“I loved Penny,” he continued. “I grew up with her. She was born with a great gift. She was born with a funnybone and the instinct of how to use it. I was very lucky to have lived with her and her funnybone.”
Marshall was best know to millions as Laverne DeFazio on “Laverne & Shirley,” the gravel-voiced, gangly Milwaukee brewery worker with the tough act, soft heart and the big “L” on her sweater.
Fellow “Laverne & Shirley” co-star Michael McKean was left speechless following the news of Marshall’s death. “I don’t know what to say,” he tweeted.
Aside from acting, Marshall became one of the most successful female film directors of all time, with hits such as “Big,” “Awakenings” and “A League of Their Own” to her credit.
Tom Hanks, who starred in “Big” and “A League of Their Own,” said his final “goodbye” to Marshall: “Man, did we laugh a lot! Wish we still could. Love you. Hanx.”
Geena Davis, who starred in the film about a women’s baseball team during World War II, wrote, “Penny brought so much joy to so many and will be sorely missed. I will be forever grateful to her for letting me be a part of ‘A League of Their Own.’”Rosie O’Donnell, another star of “A League of Their Own,” said she was “simply heartbroken. She shared an ad she did with Marshall.
The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League said without Marshall and “A League of Their Own,” “the AAGPBL would still be ‘the best kept secret in baseball.'”