'Happy Days' Cast Mourns Loss of Beloved Co-Star, Tributes Flood In

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December 19, 2018Dec 19, 2018

On December 17, the sad news was confirmed that beloved actress, director, and producer Penny Marshall had passed away. The socialite died at the age of 75 at her home in Hollywood Hills.

According to initial reports, Marshall died after complications from diabetes. Immediately following the news of her death, thousands of people took to social media to share their condolences and to talk about her work. 

Marshall was best known for her role as Laverne in "Laverne & Shirley." However, she had several other credits to her name as well. 

"Laverne & Shirley" was a spin-off show from the iconic series "Happy Days." Now, several cast members from that show have opened up on social media, talking about Penny Marshall's death. 

Henry Winkler, who acted as the iconic character "The Fonz," told PEOPLE, "I first met Penny one month after having arrived here in L.A. I was a guest star on a TV pilot she was working on. The next time we worked together was on that iconic episode of 'Happy Days.' She was so inventive, so funny, and so warm. She brought her own unique brand of humor to what she was on the written page.  Watching her playing Laverne, I remember thinking,  'Wow, she has just created the 20th Century Lucille Ball.'"

Ron Howard, who acted as Richie Cunningham, wrote, "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."

Anson Williams, who played Potsie, wrote, "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."

Marion Ross, who played Mrs. Cunningham, wrote, "Our dear sweet Penny has gone up to see Garry [Marshall]. So there will no doubt be happier days in heaven, just as they made every day happy for us here on earth."

Don Most, who played Ralph, talked about Marshall's talents as well, and called her "funny, gifted, and deceptively smart."

Please be praying for Marshall's real family and her TV family during this time. Share your prayers here. In other recent news, a type of Ibuprofen has been recalled. If you have young children, you'll want to get rid of it!