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Penny Marshall dead at 75, best known as TV's Laverne and director of 'Big,' 'A League of Their Own'

Penny Marshall dead at 75, best known as TV's Laverne and director of 'Big,' 'A League of Their Own'

Penny Marshall arrived in America’s living rooms with a monogrammed “L” on her sweater, a Bronx kid playing a Milwaukee beer factory worker somewhere in Hollywood.

If her unlikely triumph on the hit sitcom “Laverne & Shirley” wasn’t enough, Marshall decided to conquer the movie world from the other side of the camera. The newly-minted director shattered Hollywood barriers and box-office records as the trailblazing director of blockbuster hits with the biggest stars: Tom Hanks in “Big,” Robert De Niro and Robin Williams in “Awakenings,” Hanks and Geena Davis in “A League of Their Own.”

Marshall passed away peacefully Monday evening at her home in Hollywood Hills from...

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