Penny Marshall

Film Actress + Director + Producer
Born Oct 15, 1943

Penny Marshall is an American actress, television producer, film producer, and television director. After playing several small roles for television, she was cast as Laverne DeFazio in the sitcom Laverne and Shirley. A ratings success, the show ran from 1976 until 1983, during which Marshall was nominated for a Golden Globe award for her performance three times.… Read More

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1943 Birth Carole Penny Marshall was born in New York City, New York, in 1943, to Marjorie Irene (née Ward; 1908–1983), a tap dance teacher who ran the Marjorie Marshall Dance School, and Anthony "Tony" Masciarelli (1906–1999), later Marshall, a director of industrial films and later a producer. … Read More


1967 23 Years Old …  In 1967, she moved to Los Angeles to join her older brother Garry Marshall, a writer whose credits at the time included TV's The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966). … Read More
1971 27 Years Old …  On April 10, 1971, Marshall married actor/director Rob Reiner, who adopted her daughter and gave her his last name.


1974 30 Years Old In 1974, James L. Brooks and Allan Burns, executive producers of the hit situation comedy, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, cast Marshall as Janice Dreyfuss, sister-in-law to Paul Dreyfuss (played by actor Paul Sand) in the series, Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers. … Read More
1981 37 Years Old Her marriage to Reiner lasted until 1981. … Read More
1982 38 Years Old In 1982 at the beginning of the eighth season, Williams left Laverne & Shirley because of her pregnancy, while Marshall stayed till the end when the series was canceled. … Read More
1983 39 Years Old In 1983, while still filming Laverne and Shirley, Marshall guest-starred on Taxi in a cameo appearance as herself. … Read More


1991 47 Years Old …  In 1991, she was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award.


2010 66 Years Old In 2010–2011, she directed three episodes of the Showtime series United States of Tara.
2013 69 Years Old In 2013, Women in Film and Video presented her with the Women of Vision Award.
2014 70 Years Old In 2014 she announced she was developing a biopic on Effa Manley entitled Effa.
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