Penny Marshall: US TV star and director dies aged 75

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In 2004, Penny Marshall was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame along with Laverne & Shirley co-star Cindy Williams

Penny Marshall, star of US TV series Laverne & Shirley and director of hit films Big and A League of Their Own, has died at the age of 75, her publicist has said.

Big’s success made Marshall the first woman to direct a film that made more than $100m (£79m) at the US box office.

In 2004, she was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, along with her Laverne & Shirley co-star.

Marshall also co-produced Father of the Bride and its sequel.

Marshall and co-star Cindy Williams had starred in the Happy Days TV spin-off about two single, working women in late 1950s Milwaukee.

The 1970s comedy series went on to be a huge success.

After Laverne & Shirley, Marshall went on to become a producer and director whose films included box-office successes such as Big, starring Tom Hanks, and women’s baseball comedy A League of Their Own.

Her first film was the 1986 Whoopi Goldberg comedy Jumpin’ Jack Flash.

She also directed Robert De Niro and Robin Williams in Awakenings, which was nominated for three Academy Awards including best picture.

That success is recognised in some of her fellow celebrities and fans’ comments.

Actor James Wood said he was devastated by her passing.

Marshall died of complications from diabetes on Monday at her home in Hollywood Hills, California, her publicist told Reuters news agency in a phone interview.