Marshall, Penny (1942–)

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Marshall, Penny (1942–)

American actress and director. Born Carole Penny Marshall, Oct 15, 1942, in Bronx, New York; dau. of Anthony "Tony" (Marschiarelli) Marshall (industrial filmmaker) and Marjorie Ward (dance instructor); sister of Gary Marshall (tv director) and Ronny Hallin; attended University of New Mexico; m. Michael Henry, 1961 (div. 1963); Rob Reiner (actor, director), 1971 (div. 1980); children: Tracy Reiner.

Comedic actress and director with working-class persona, made film debut in How Sweet It Is (1968); was Oscar Madison's secretary on tv series "The Odd Couple" (1970–75); with Cindy Williams, appeared on "Happy Days" (1974), then had spinoff "Laverne and Shirley" (1976) which became wildly popular and aired for 7 years; directed "Tracey Ullman Show," several tv movies, and 1st film, Jumping Jack Flash (1986), starring Whoopi Goldberg; had box-office hit with Big (1988), the 1st woman to direct a movie that grossed over $100 million; directed Awakenings (1990), which received 3 Academy Award nominations, followed by A League of Their Own (1992); won American Comedy Award for Creative Achievement (1992); directed and produced several other films including Calendar Girl (1993), Getting Away with Murder (1996), Risk (2003), Riding in Cars with Boys (2001) and Bewitched (2005).

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