Tom Hanks is mourning the passing of a dear friend. The woman behind his breakout role has died.
He tweeted, “Goodbye, Penny. Man, did we laugh a lot! Wish we still could. Love you,” wrote the 62-year-old actor.
Tom Hanks acted in Penny Marshall's movie "Big." She directed the film, which was one of his biggest role. She also directed his 1992 hit "A League Of Their Own."
As an actress, Penny Marshall was perhaps known for her iconic role as Milwaukee brewery worker Laverne in “Laverne & Shirley.”
After her stint on the 1970s and 80s hit, she directed hit movies such as “Big” and “A League of Their Own." She also produced numerous well-known films.
Marshal was 75 at the time of her death. She passed away peacefully on Monday night in her Hollywood Hills home. According to her family's spokeswoman, she passed away due to complications from diabetes.
“Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Penny Marshall,” the Marshall family said in a statement. "Penny was a tomboy who loved sports, doing puzzles of any kind, drinking milk and Pepsi together and being with her family."
Her famous family includes director Garry Marshall, who created beloved films like Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, and the Princess Diaries movies.
Her deceased brother, who was also known for creating "Happy Days," said of her hit show: “There were no blue-collar girls on television” when “Laverne & Shirley” debuted. It struck a chord because viewers “were dying for somebody that didn’t look like Mary Tyler Moore or all the pretty girls on TV. They wanted somebody who looked like a regular person. And my sister looks like a regular person — talks like a regular person — and Cindy Williams was brilliant as Shirley.”
After “Laverne & Shirley” went off the air, Marshall made her directorial debut in Whoopi Goldberg comedy “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” While that film was not a huge success, her next was.
"'Big,' a fantasy tale in which a boy wakes up in the body of an adult man played by Tom Hanks, earned Hanks an Oscar nomination and made Marshall the first woman director in Hollywood history to direct a movie that grossed more than $100 million," reported the Los Angeles Times.
People took to Twitter to remember her and her impact on the film industry after news of her death broke. They all mourned her and many remembered her role as Laverne.
Please pray for everyone mourning this amazing woman. May God give them peace and healing.