Penny Marshall's 'Laverne & Shirley' Co-Star Cindy Williams Pays Tribute to Her

Penny Marshall

"Penny Marshall & I made Jumping Jack Flash together & the 1st film she directed & the second film I was ever in. Penny will be missed, but her talent and inspiration is evergreen", Anson Williams, who played Potsie Weber, told Deadline.

The Gary Marshall-created Laverne & Shirley originally aired from 1976 to 1983 and focused on oddball best friends Laverne DeFazio (Marshall) and Shirley Feeney (Williams) as they toiled at Shotz Brewery in Milwaukee, and later, as they attempted to make careers in Hollywood by moving to California.

I was thinking about how much Penny did for me and gave me my first acting job and everything she did for me, ' he reflected with a solemn tone.

"I was a new comedian, it was the height of their stardom with 'Laverne & Shirley, '" Leno recalled. I grew up with her.

Penny Marshall, who rose to national stardom as the costar of the hit TV series Laverne and Shirley and went on to be a hugely successful film director, died Monday night at her Hollywood Hills home. She made the transition from sitcom star to A List movie director easily & had a major impact on both mediums.

That film grossed more than $150 million worldwide, making her the first female director to eclipse the coveted $100 million mark. She made the transition from sitcom star to A List movie director easily & had a major impact on both mediums. On Tuesday, Reiner tweeted, "So sad about Penny".

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Marshall's family described her as "a comedic natural with a photographic memory and an instinct for slapstick". Without her support and encouragement, I would not be where I am today, ' he wrote.

She added that Marshall died "very" peacefully and that she was by her sister's side.

"Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Penny Marshall", the statement to TMZ read.

Marshall's family released a statement confirming her death on Tuesday.

Marshall had been battling a number of serious health issues on and off since 2009, when she was diagnosed with lung cancer that spread to her brain.

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