Penny Marshall is an American actor, writer, and producer. She got her acting break as Laverne DeFazio in the ABC-TV sitcom series Laverne & Shirley (co-created by her brother, Garry Marshall). She's also directed four episodes of Laverne & Shirley; Season 4's "Squiggy in Love" (episode #20), Season 5's "The Duke of Squigman " (episode #23), Season 6's "The Dating Game" (episode #6), and "But Seriously, Folks" (episode #14).

Branching out into directing and producing, Penny has directed box-office blockbuster films such as Big (1988, starring Tom Hanks), the first film directed by a woman to gross in excess of $100 million at the U.S. box office; Awakenings (1990, starring Robin Williams), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture; and A League of Their Own (1992). She also produced Cinderella Man (2005) and Bewitched (2005), as well as several episodes of the ABC-TV sitcom series According to Jim (2009).


n 1975, after playing several supporting roles on television, Penny was cast as Laverne DeFazio for a guest appearance in the episode of Happy Days titled "A Date with Fonzie". Her performance was well received, prompting a spinoff sitcom which turned into the Garry Marshall produced Laverne & Shirley with Cindy Williams, who played her best friend and roommate Shirley Feeney. (She would later reunite with Cindy on a November 2013 episode of Sam & Cat.[1][2][3] ) Marshall would play the role of Laverne for the show's entire run from 1976 until 1983.

Penny was nominated for a Golden Globe award for her performance three times.[4]


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