RIP: Penny Marshall, director, actor – LOUIE of the Week

Today, we’re remembering Penny Marshall, a funny and talented lady who died in her Hollywood Hills home on Monday night due to complications from diabetes.

Penny directed some very successful movies, starting off with “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” with Whoopi Goldberg in 1986.

With her second film, “Big,” starring Tom Hanks, she became the first woman to direct a movie that grossed more than $100 million.

She followed those films with “A League of Their Own” with Geena Davis and Madonna; “Awakenings” with Robert De Niro and Robin Williams; “Renaissance Man” with Danny DeVito, “Riding in Cars with Boys” with Drew Barrymore; and “The Preacher’s Wife,” a remake of the 1947 film, starring Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston.

For a lot of folks, she was primarily known as “Laverne DeFazio” alongside Cindy Williams as “Shirley Feeney” in the “Laverne & Shirley” show, which ran for eight seasons, from 1976 to 1983.

To celebrate the legacy of Penny Marshall on this LOUIE-centric website, I’m sharing a special clip from “Laverne & Shirley” that ties quite nicely into the LOUIE universe.

This clip is from the episode titled “The Rock and Roll Show” which aired on January 25, 1983.

(Is that really Weird Al Yankovic on the keyboards? IMDB says so.)

Reference Links:

Wikipedia – Penny Marshall
IMDB – Laverne & Shirley “The Rock and Roll Show” episode
The Paley Center for Media – Laverne & Shirley “The Rock and Roll Show” episode

1 comment to RIP: Penny Marshall, director, actor – LOUIE of the Week

  • Stretch Riedle

    Actually, I HAVE seen this before now. It was quite awhile ago, and I had forgotten about it.

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