Penny Marshall
Film actress, director, producer
Penny Marshall
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.
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In Memoriam Carrie Fisher
Huffington Post - about 2 months
From l981, thereabouts, to l985 or 6, I'd say, I played the role of Carrie Fisher's second banana and new best friend. There have been many of us over the years, but this was my particular tenure. I'm moved about it to write today for obvious reasons. It didn't begin at the Paul Simon/Artie Garfunkel Passover supper at a dark restaurant in Manhattan, though that's the first place I saw her sing "Oh My Papa," drunk as a skunk. It actually began on the floor of Richard Dreyfuss's apartment where she announced in that deep froggy delivery: "You're going to be my New Best Friend." I had just moved to New York and was going out with one of her fave rave running mates, Michael O'Donoghue. I couldn't see it. While she was, yes, somewhat funny, I could see that she was totally discombobulated. She pressed her case. She kept dropping by Michael's with lavish gifts for him, like a taxidermed bear. These visits were also designed to vet me better. I was writing for Esquire ...
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Penny Marshall opens up about late brother Garry Marshall: 'He gave me a life'
Fox News - 4 months
ET was on the set of the upcoming Odd Couple tribute to Garry Marshall, where his sister, Penny Marshall, revealed just how much he meant to her.....
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Robert Loggia, Movie And TV Tough Guy, Dead At 85
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Oscar-nominated actor Robert Loggia, who was known for gravelly voiced gangsters from "Scarface" to "The Sopranos" but who was most endearing as Tom Hanks' kid-at-heart toy-company boss in "Big," has died. He was 85. Loggia's wife Aubrey Loggia said he died Friday at his home in Los Angeles after a five year battle with Alzheimer's. "His poor body gave up," she said. "He loved being an actor and he loved his life." A solidly built man with a rugged face and gravelly voice, Loggia fit neatly into gangster movies, playing a Miami drug lord in "Scarface," which starred Al Pacino; and a Sicilian mobster in "Prizzi's Honor," with Jack Nicholson and Kathleen Turner. He played wise guys in David Lynch's "Lost Highway," the spoofs "Innocent Blood" and "Armed and Dangerous," and again on David Chase's "The Sopranos," as the previously jailed veteran mobster Michele "Feech" La Manna. It was not as a gangster but as a seedy detective that Loggia received his only Academy Award nominati ...
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Week to Week News Quiz for 11/20/15
Huffington Post - over 1 year
It's a dangerous world out there. Find out how dangerous it is by taking our latest Week to Week news quiz. Some random but actual hints: They heard Obama was born in Syria; maybe he invested a lot in Oracle; Bibi expressed his pleasure; and Merkel was already on her way to the stadium. Answers are below the quiz. 1. On Friday, Islamist gunmen took 170 hostages at a hotel in what former French colony? a. Mali b. Vietnam c. Egypt d. Algeria 2. With a veto-proof majority, what did House Republicans pass this week? a. A repeal of the Affordable Care Act b. A measure to keep Guantanamo prison open indefinitely c. A 30-percent tax cut for people earning more than $250,000 a year d. A bill increasing entry restrictions for refugees from Syria and Iraq 3. For what did Donald Trump express support on Thursday? a. Claiming Mexico as the 51st state b. Mandatory database to track Muslims in the United States c. Using Marines to get ISIS out of Iran d. Stopping Christians fr ...
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#52FilmsByWomen: Expanding Opportunities for Female Filmmakers
Huffington Post - over 1 year
At present there is a mounting public awareness that a lack of female directors working in the film and television industry is tangible. Recent news is that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is taking a step toward a potential class-action lawsuit driven by hiring discriminations in the entertainment industry. The suit was partially ignited by a three-year study titled "Female Filmmakers Initiative" led by Dr. Stacy L. Smith of USC's Annenberg School. The research concludes that there is not only a lack of females in leadership positions in film and television, but additionally a widespread misunderstanding that industry leaders hold regarding female directors. The study in turn suggests that there is a widespread disregard by industry executives and potentially the public alike of the capabilities of women to direct movies. Kirsten Schaffer, the Executive Director of Women in Film (WIF) states, "When I read that industry veterans couldn't make a list of 10 female ...
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Penny Marshall and Lorraine Bracco to play lesbian couple
Fox News - about 3 years
Penny Marshall and Lorraine Bracco have signed on for Fox's Mulaney, TVGuide. com has confirmed.
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What feud? 'Laverne & Shirley' stars Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams reunite
Fox News - over 3 years
Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams play feuding ex-TV partners on an episode of Nickelodeon's "Sam & Cat," but they brush aside any comparison to their past.
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How Penny Marshall made 'League' pass muster
Chicago Times - over 3 years
Baseball was very important to Penny Marshall in her baseball movie. Now, that might sound obvious, but if you’ve ever seen, I don’t know, "The Pride of the Yankees"’ or "The Babe Ruth Story,"’ then you know how stupid baseball can look in a baseball movie.    
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10 Things 'Hocus Pocus' Gave Us
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It has been 20 years since Halloween staple "Hocus Pocus" hit theaters, and we haven't taken a second of it for granted. Here are 10 things this splendid cult classic brought us. 1. The Sanderson sisters Portrayed with brilliant aplomb by Kathy Najimy (Mary), Bette Midler (Winnie) and Sarah Jessica Parker (Sarah) 2. The Facebook group entitled "After watching Hocus Pocus when I was little I always made sure we had salt," which sadly only has 118 members despite its #realtalk. (The movie also provided us with a new use for salt and a surefire way to handle a witch invasion.) 3. Reliable placement on ABC Family's annual 13 Nights of Halloween 4. The best rendition of "I Put A Spell On You" ever (obviously) 5. Garry Marshall as a costumed devil the sisters refer to as "master," and his real-life sister, Penny Marshall, as his onscreen wife Master's Wife: Aren't you broads a little old to be trick-or-treating? Winifred Sanderson: We'll be younger in the mornin ...
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John Farr: On His Birthday, Giving Thanks for Hanks
Huffington Post - over 3 years
With nary a ripple, Tom Hanks turned 57 this past week. And though he hasn't made a truly great film other than Toy Story 3 in quite a few years (we can debate Cloud Atlas), he is still eminently bankable and his star shines bright. Did I say bankable? Let me amend that. He is in fact ranked the top star in terms of all-time box office revenue. Few early on would have predicted he'd attain this heady distinction, Hanks least of all. He has been described as today's Jimmy Stewart. I think that's apt. He shares Stewart's everyman folksiness and approachability, a quality that's harder to project effectively than one might think. You can't deny there's something powerfully familiar -- and reassuring-about both actors on-screen. They are us. Reportedly, both Stewart and Hanks were painfully shy and awkward as children, but unlike his predecessor, Tom did not get the chance to go to Princeton and contemplate a career in architecture. His was a decidedly middle ...
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Reunited After 30 Years
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Nickelodeon’s "Sam & Cat" chronicles the antics and adventures of two roommates who couldn’t be more different, in the tradition of sitcoms like "The Odd Couple" and "Laverne & Shirley." Now the stars of "Laverne & Shirley" are set to reunite on the Nickelodeon show — Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams taped a guest appearance last week.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Penny Marshall
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 70
    In 2014 she announced she was developing a biopic on Effa Manley entitled Effa.
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  • 2013
    Age 69
    In 2013, Women in Film and Video presented her with the Women of Vision Award.
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  • 2010
    Age 66
    In 2010–2011, she directed three episodes of the Showtime series United States of Tara.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1991
    Age 47
    In 1991, she was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1983
    Age 39
    In 1983, while still filming Laverne and Shirley, Marshall guest-starred on Taxi in a cameo appearance as herself.
    More Details Hide Details In the Taxi episode "Louie Moves Uptown", Marshall is turned down for residency in a new high-rise condo in Manhattan. The Laverne and Shirley episode "Lost in Spacesuits" is referenced in the scene. She lent her voice to Ms. Botz aka Ms. Botzcowski, the "babysitter bandit", on the first produced episode of The Simpsons, and played a cameo role as herself on the HBO series Entourage. She also made a cameo appearance alongside her brother Garry in the Disney Halloween-themed movie Hocus Pocus as husband and wife. She was reunited with her Laverne & Shirley co-star Cindy Williams on a November 2013 episode of Sam & Cat. At the encouragement of her brother, Marshall became interested in directing. She directed four episodes of Laverne and Shirley and other TV assignments. She soon moved on to theatrical films, her first film being Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986) starring Whoopi Goldberg.
  • 1982
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It would take a few years before both actresses reconciled.
  • 1981
    Age 37
    Her marriage to Reiner lasted until 1981.
    More Details Hide Details Marshall had a brief relationship with singer Art Garfunkel in the mid-1980s, and he credits her with helping him through his depression. Their friendship stayed strong even after their romantic relationship ended. Garfunkel would later say of Marshall, "Everything changed. Penny is a sweet human being who can bring anybody down to earth. We had a lot of laughs, great sex, and a ton of party nights." In 2010, it was reported that Marshall had been diagnosed with lung cancer that had metastasized to her brain, but she revealed in 2012 that she was in remission. Marshall has five grandchildren through her daughter, Tracy Reiner.
  • 1974
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It aired on CBS-TV Saturday nights beginning September 14, 1974, as part of the powerhouse lineup of All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, and The Carol Burnett Show. Despite good reviews and decent ratings, it was canceled mid-season. Brooks and Burns, along with studio head Grant Tinker were so impressed with Marshall's comedic talent that the following season, they hired Marshall and actress Mary Kay Place to play Mary Richards' new neighbors (Paula and Sally Jo, respectively) on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, after Mary moved into her new apartment in a high-rise. Then Garry Marshall, creator/part-time writer for Happy Days, cast his sister, Penny, and Cindy Williams to guest on an episode of that show. The installment, titled "A Date with Fonzie", aired on November 11, 1975 and introduced the characters LaVerne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney (played by Marshall and Williams, respectively). In that episode, Laverne and Shirley were a pair of wise-cracking brewery workers, who were dates for Fonzie (played by Winkler) and Richie (played by Howard). The pair were such a hit with the studio audience that Garry Marshall decided to co-create and star them in a hit spin-off, Laverne & Shirley (1976–1983). The characters of Laverne and Shirley also appeared in five more episodes of Happy Days.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1971
    Age 27
    On April 10, 1971, Marshall married actor/director Rob Reiner, who adopted her daughter and gave her his last name.
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  • 1967
    Age 23
    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).
    More Details Hide Details One of her first jobs was for a TV commercial for a beautifying shampoo. She was hired to play a girl with stringy, unattractive hair, and Farrah Fawcett was hired to play a girl with thick, bouncy hair. As the crew was lighting the set, Marshall's stand-in wore a placard that read "Homely Girl" and Fawcett's stand-in wore a placard that said "Pretty Girl". Farrah Fawcett, sensing Marshall's insecurity about her looks, crossed out "Homely" on the Marshall stand-in placard and wrote "Plain". She and another actress Billie Hayes were the only two auditioned for the role of Witchiepoo for H.R. Pufnstuf, produced by Sid and Marty Krofft. Marshall thought that she wasn't right for the part. Hayes got the role. Marshall first gained prominence as a television actress with a recurring guest role of Myrna Turner on The Odd Couple (1971–1975). In Marshall's final appearance as Myrna Turner, Myrna married her boyfriend, Sheldn ("They forgot the 'o' on his birth certificate; legally, it's 'Sheldn'"), played by her then-real-life husband, Rob Reiner, and briefly introduced her brother and sister, Werner Turner and Verna Turner (played by, respectively, Marshall's real-life siblings, Garry and Ronny). Before appearing on The Odd Couple, Marshall was considered to play the role of Gloria Bunker Stivic on All in the Family. She ultimately lost the part to Sally Struthers while her husband, Rob Reiner, was cast as Gloria's husband, Michael "Meathead" Stivic.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1943
    Born
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She is the sister of actor/director/TV producer Garry Marshall and Ronny Hallin, a television producer. Her birth name, Carole, was selected because her mother's favorite actress was Carole Lombard. Her middle name was selected because her older sister, Ronny, wanting a horse in the Bronx, was saving her pennies; her mother chose the middle name in an attempt to console her. Her father was of Italian descent, his family having come from Abruzzo, and her mother was of German, English, and Scottish descent; her father changed his last name from Masciarelli to Marshall before Penny was born. Religion played no role in the Marshall children's lives. Garry Marshall was christened Episcopalian, Ronny was Lutheran, and Penny was confirmed in a Congregational Church, because "Mother sent us anyplace that had a hall where she could put on a recital. If she hadn't needed performance space, we wouldn't have bothered."
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