Madonna mourns her A League of Their Own director Penny Marshall


Madonna has led the cast of A League Of Their Own in paying tribute following the death of its director Penny Marshall.

The actress turned filmmaker, who passed away aged 75 on Tuesday (18Dec18) after suffering complications from diabetes, cast the True Blue singer as a dancer turned baseball star in the 1993 sports comedy.

After hearing of Penny’s death, Madonna posted a picture of her smiling while she received direction on the set of the movie.

She captioned the image: “Lucky to have known you and worked with you Penny Marshall. Your Talent was as BIG as your Heart! And you were a Trailblazer for Women In Hollywood. GOD BLESS you and your family!”

Geena Davis and Rosie O’Donnell, who also starred alongside Penny’s daughter Tracy Reiner as members of the Rockford Peaches, a team of female baseball players competing in a women’s league run during the Second World War, also paid tribute.

“I’m terribly sad to hear the news about Penny passing,” Geena wrote next to an Instagram snap of her as Dottie. “My heart goes out to Tracy Reiner and her family. Penny brought so much joy to so many and will be sorely missed. I will be forever grateful to her for letting me be a part of A League of Their Own.”

Rosie tweeted that she was “heartbroken” by the news, while Tom Hanks, who played the team’s coach added in his own Twitter post: “Goodbye, Penny. Man, did we laugh a lot! Wish we still could. Love you.”

The film was a critical and commercial hit that earned $132 million and in 2012 was chosen for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry.

Other stars who paid tribute to Penny, whose 1988 film Big was the first by a female director to gross over $100 million, included her ex-husband Rob Reiner, Robert De Niro, Whoopi Goldberg, Anne Hathaway, Danny DeVito, and Ava DuVernay.