On December 18, a publicist for the beloved TV and film pioneer Penny Marshall confirmed that she passed away peacefully on Monday night.
The actress, comedian, and director died at her Hollywood Hills home at the age of 75 following complications related to diabetes.
Marshall, who had her breakthrough playing Laverne DaFazio in the hit series Laverne & Shirley, had a record-breaking career that spanned decades.
Famous for directing box-office hits such as A League of Their Own, Big, and Awakenings, Marshall made history as the first woman to ever direct a film that grossed more than $100 million dollars. She was also only the second woman director to have her film Oscar-nominated for best picture.
As one of the most successful directors to ever work in Hollywood, Marshall has crossed paths with many of the entertainment industry's most famous stars, and following the news of her death, they took to social media to pay their respects.
Marshall's ex-husband, Rob Reiner, led the tributes by remembering the love they shared and her natural gift for comedy.
“I loved Penny," he wrote on Twitter. "I grew up with her. She was born with a great gift. She was born with a funnybone and the instinct of how to use it. I was very lucky to have lived with her and her funnybone. I will miss her."
I loved Penny. I grew up with her. She was born with a great gift. She was born with a funnybone and the instinct of how to use it. I was very lucky to have lived with her and her funnybone. I will miss her.— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) December 18, 2018
Tom Hanks, who starred in Big, also recalled the times he laughed with the director.
“Goodbye, Penny. Man, did we laugh a lot! Wish we still could. Love you. Hanx,” he wrote.
Goodbye, Penny. Man, did we laugh a lot! Wish we still could. Love you. Hanx.— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) December 18, 2018
Rosie O'Donnell, one of the stars of A League of Their Own, posted a clip of a K-Mart commercial she and Marshall appeared in together, and wrote that she is "simply heartbroken."
O'Donnell's co-star Geena Davis released a statement in which she mourned the loss of Marshall and thanked the director for letting her be a part of the 1992 film.
"I’m terribly sad to hear the news about Penny passing. 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,"
Several of Marshall's Happy Days cast mates had some heartfelt messages to share too.
"Penny was as courageous as she was talented, and broke down the wall for women directors. Penny will be missed, but her talent and inspiration is evergreen," Anson Williams, who portrayed Potsie on the show, said in a statement.
Dozens more of the industry's biggest names, including Mark Whalberg, Olivia Munn, Danny Devito, Ron Howard, Ava DuVernay, Viola Davis, and Russell Crowe, remembered Marshall's legacy on social media.
RIP Penny Marshall!! Thank you for what you contributed to us girls. Grateful to have worked with you. Rest well you great Broad!!!❤❤❤ pic.twitter.com/4hk6AGjmB1— Viola Davis (@violadavis) December 18, 2018
Rest in peace, Penny. Such a wonderful, funny and talented lady. Without her support and encouragement, I would not be where I am today. She will be missed. 💔 #PennyMarshall pic.twitter.com/F9ksywXYuG— Mark Wahlberg (@markwahlberg) December 18, 2018
Yesterday I held a Golden Gloves award from the 1930’s, given to me by Penny Marshall.— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) December 18, 2018
Hadn’t seen it in years.
Then today’s news...
Penny told me the story of Jim Braddock, which became the movie Cinderella Man. She was kind, she was crazy,so talented and she loved movies. RIP
Thank you, Penny Marshall. For the trails you blazed. The laughs you gave. The hearts you warmed. pic.twitter.com/7qPKJa6ApH— Ava DuVernay (@ava) December 18, 2018
#RIPPennyMarshall She was funny & so smart. She made the transition from sitcom star to A List movie director with ease & had a major impact on both mediums. All that & always relaxed, funny & totally unpretentious. I was lucky to have known & worked with her. https://t.co/pf2kfIkCH4— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) December 18, 2018
Penny Marshall was one of the most important trailblazers. Her comedic talents brought success & fame, but she truly broke the mold w her directing- Big, Awakenings, A League of Their Own- becoming the first woman to direct a movie that grossed $100+ mil. 🙏 Rest in love, PM ❤️🌥— Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) December 18, 2018
Penny Marshall was a sweet woman. I was very fortunate to spend time with her. So many laughs. She had a heart of gold. Tough as nails. She could play round ball with the best of them. Always All love, D— Danny DeVito (@DannyDeVito) December 18, 2018