Penny Marshall

Director, Actor, Producer
A naturally gifted comedienne, Penny Marshall transcended an early brush with fame via the TV sitcom "Laverne and Shirley" (ABC, 1976-1983) to become a successful feature film director, with such titles as "Big" (1988) ... Read more »
Born: 10/14/1942 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (98)

Celebrity Family Feud 2015 (Tv Show)

Contestant

Fathers of the Sport 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hollywood Game Night 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mulaney 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder Police 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Voice

Pioneers of Television 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Celebrity Poker Showdown 2004 - 2005, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Laverne and Shirley 1975 - 1983, 1986 - 1990, 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 1998, 2004 - 2005, 2010 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Nash Bridges 1976 - 1977, 1997 - 1998, 2004 - 2005, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Portlandia 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 1975 - 1977, 2004 - 2005, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shatner's Raw Nerve 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards 2012 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

New Year's Eve 2011 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Everybody Wants to Be Italian 2008 (Movie)

Cameo Appearance (Actor)

TV Land Awards 2008 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Game 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Alice Upside Down 2007 (Movie)

Mrs. Plotkin (Actor)

Generation Boom 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Bones 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Campus Ladies 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Entourage 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World 2006 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Happy Days 30th Anniversary Reunion 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

TV's Greatest Sidekicks 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Host

Frasier 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

I'm With Her 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Rosie O'Donnell 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Stateside 2004 (Movie)

Lieutenant Chevetone (Actor)

TV Land Moguls 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Laverne & Shirley 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Garry Marshall 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Lifestory: Rosie O'Donnell 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Guide's Truth Behind the Rumors 2 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Tracey Takes On... 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Calvin Klein: A Stylish Obsession 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Anjelica Huston 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Lifetime Women's Film Festival 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 11th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Carrie Fisher: The Hollywood Family 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Laverne & Shirley Reunion 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Movie News Hot Summer Sneak Preview 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Hocus Pocus 1993 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Naked Hollywood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 6th Annual American Comedy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hard Way 1991 (Movie)

Angie (Actor)

The Simpsons 1990 (Tv Show)

Voice

The 40th Annual Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Movers & Shakers 1985 (Movie)

Reva (Actor)

Love Thy Neighbor 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy Zone 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Laverne and Shirley in the Army 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Voice

Lily For President 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Celebrity Football Classic 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

1941 1979 (Movie)

Miss Fitzroy (Actor)

General Electric's All-Star Anniversary 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars III 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars I 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars II 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barry Manilow Special 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mary Tyler Moore Show 1970 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Friends and Lovers 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Wives 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Friends and Lovers 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

How Come Nobody's on Our Side? 1974 (Movie)

Theresa (Actor)

The Super 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

How Sweet It Is 1968 (Movie)

Tour Girl (Actor)

The Savage Seven 1968 (Movie)

Tina (Actor)

Backstory (TV Show)

Actor

Challenge of a Lifetime (TV Show)

Actor

Evil Roy Slade (TV Show)

Actor

Jackie's Back! (TV Show)

Actor

Laughing Matters (TV Show)

Actor

Let's Switch (TV Show)

Actor

More Than Friends (TV Show)

Actor

Sam & Cat (Tv Show)

Actor

The Couple Takes a Wife (TV Show)

Actor

The Crooked Hearts (TV Show)

Actor

The Feminist and the Fuzz (TV Show)

Actor

The Trial of Tony Blair (TV Show)

Actor
Director (12)

A League of Their Own 1976 - 1977, 1979 - 1980, 1986 - 1987, 1989 - 1990, 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 1998, 2004 - 2005, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

The Tracey Ullman Show 1976 - 1977, 1979 - 1980, 1986 - 1990, 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 1998, 2004 - 2005, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Working Stiffs 1976 - 1977, 1979 - 1980, 1997 - 1998, 2004 - 2005, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

United States of Tara 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

According to Jim 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Riding in Cars With Boys 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

The Preacher's Wife 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Renaissance Man 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

A League of Their Own 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Awakenings 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Big 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Jumpin' Jack Flash 1986 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (9)

Bewitched 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cinderella Man 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

With Friends Like These 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Crossover 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Getting Away With Murder 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Renaissance Man 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Calendar Girl 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A League of Their Own 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Awakenings 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Other (1)

Fathers of the Sport 2014 (Movie)

(Consultant)

Biography

A naturally gifted comedienne, Penny Marshall transcended an early brush with fame via the TV sitcom "Laverne and Shirley" (ABC, 1976-1983) to become a successful feature film director, with such titles as "Big" (1988), "A League of Their Own" (1992) and "Riding in Cars with Boys" (2001) among her credits. Though her directorial output received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, she made her way into the record books by becoming the first female filmmaker to helm two movies that reached the $100 million mark at the box office.

Relationships

Ronny Hallin Producer

Sister
Worked on ABC's "Laverne & Shirley"

Michael Henry

Husband
Met while Marshall was a student at the University of New Mexico Married 1961 Divorced 1963

Garry Marshall Actor

Brother
Born Nov. 13, 1934 Produced ABC series "The Odd Couple" and "Laverne and Shirley," both of which featured Penny

Tony Marshall Actor

Father
Born Tony Marscharelli in 1906; produced "Laverne and Shirley" (ABC) Died July 12, 1999 at age 93

Rob Reiner Actor

Husband
Married April 10, 1971 Divorced 1979

Spencer Reiner

Grandson
Born October 1992

Tracy Reiner Actor

Daughter
Born July 7, 1964; father, Michael Henry Acted in mother's films including "Big" (1988) and "A League of Their Own" (1992)

Marjorie Ward

Mother
Ran a tap dance school called The Cellar in the basement of their Bronx apartment building Died of Alzheimer's disease 1983; family funded $1 million building to Northwestern University in her honor, called the Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Studio

EDUCATION

studied acting with Harvey Lembeck and Jeff Corey

Walton High School

Bronx , New York 1960

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque , New Mexico 1961 - 1964

Milestones

2012

Published memoir My Mother Was Nuts

2012

Guest starred on IFC comedy series "Portlandia"

2010

Directed "Women Without Men"; also co-starred with Lorraine Bracco and Dyan Cannon

2009

Helmed two episodes of "According to Jim" (ABC), starring Jim Belushi

2006

Appeared in Albert Brooks' "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World"

2006

Helmed a series of Dove shorts headlined by Felicity Huffman; premiered at dovenight.com

2004

Received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (August)

2004

Played Lt. Chevetone in the drama "Stateside," starring Carrie Fisher and Rachael Leigh Cook

2001

Directed the comedy-drama "Riding in Cars With Boys," starring Drew Barrymore

1996

Helmed "The Preacher's Wife," a remake of the 1942 film "The Bishop's Wife"; Marshall's version starred Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston

1996

Signed three-year, first-look deal with Universal Pictures

1995

Began appearing with Rosie O'Donnell in a series of TV commercials for K-Mart

1994

Suffered what may have been a heart attack

1992

Helmed "A League of Their Own" about the women's national baseball league; film starred Geena Davis and Hanks, and featured Rosie O'Donnell and Madonna in supporting roles

1990

Feature executive producing debut, "Awakenings"; film earned a Best Picture Oscar nomination

1988

Directed Tom Hanks to his first Oscar nomination in "Big"

1986

Feature directorial debut, Whoopi Goldberg comedy vehicle "Jumpin' Jack Flash"

1982

Asked by Paramount to direct feature film "Joy of Sex," starring John Belushi; Belushi was then found dead in 1982; film eventually made by Martha Coolidge two years later

1979

Directed four episodes of "Laverne and Shirley" toward the end of its run

1979

Made TV directing debut on an episode of the sitcom "Working Stiffs" (CBS)

1976

Co-starred as tough-talking Laverne opposite Cindy Williams' perky Shirley on hit ABC sitcom "Laverne and Shirley," a spin-off of "Happy Days"

1975

Debuted Laverne DeFazio character on ABC's "Happy Days"

1970

Played recurring role of Myrna Turner on ABC sitcom "The Odd Couple"

1968

Appeared in films "How Sweet It Is" and "The Savage Seven"

1967

Made TV debut on "The Danny Thomas Hour" (NBC)

Performed as a teenager on "The Jackie Gleason Show" (CBS)

Played one season of summer stock in Durango, CO in the mid-1960s

Competed on and won "Ted Mack's Amateur Hour" with friends at age 14

Bonus Trivia

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"Hollywood's top three directors today are Meathead, Opie, and Laverne." – comic Bill Maher referring to Rob Reiner's, Ron Howard's, and Marshall's famous TV alter-egos

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"By all accounts, including her own, Marshall carries off her responsibilities as a director through the power of understatement. 'I administer in a very odd way – begging, whatever. But it gets done.' The main problem she sees for a woman directing a film is that 'girls cry.'" – Sean Mitchell in The Los Angeles Times, Dec. 16, 1990

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"I was a tomboy, basically. I looked like a coconut [with] an overbite. You know how guys describe women as 'beautiful' or 'they have a good personality?' I was the one with the good personality. But I'm okay about it. I'm a grandmother now – I'm waiting to wear muumuus...The good thing about directing is you can get as old and funny looking as you want and not worry about it." – Marshall quoted in New York's Daily News, May 31, 1994

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"I've been married. I have a child and a grandson. I'm very happy to watch a video at home with a friend rather than do dinner. I have a good support system of friends and family." – Marshall to People, Dec. 23, 1996

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Marshall, whose real first name is Carole, was named after actress Carole Lombard, who died the year before she was born.

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Marshall was diagnosed with both a brain tumor and lung cancer in 2009. She successfully went into remission after surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.

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