Penny Marshall

BirthDay:

15 Oct 1943

BirthPlace:

The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA

BirthName:

Carole Penny Marshall

Bio:

Penny Marshall was born Carole Penny Marshall in the Bronx, New York, on October 15, 1943. The Libra is 5' 6 1/2", with brown hair and green eyes. She is the daughter of Marjorie (Ward), a tap dance teacher, and Anthony "Tony" Marshall, an industrial film director. She is the younger sister of filmmakers Garry Marshall and Ronny Hallin. Her father was of Italian descent (originally surnamed "Masciarelli") and her mother was of German, Scottish, English, and Irish ancestry.

Penny was known in her family as "the bad one"... because not only did she walk on the ledge of her family's apartment building, but she snuck into the movies as a child and even dated a guy named "Lefty." She attended a private girls' high school in New York and then went to the University of New Mexico for 2 1/2 years. There, Penny got pregnant with daughter, Tracy Reiner, and soon after married the father, Michael Henry, in 1961. The couple divorced two years later in 1963. She worked as a secretary for awhile. Her first film debut came from her brother Garry Marshall, who put her in the movie How Sweet It Is! (1968) with the talented Debbie Reynolds and James Garner. She also did a dandruff commercial with Farrah Fawcett - the casting people, of course, giving Farrah the part of the "beautiful girl" and Penny the part of the "plain girl." This only added to Penny's insecurity with her looks.

She then married Rob Reiner on April 10, 1971, shortly after getting her big TV break as Oscar Madison's secretary, Myrna Turner, on The Odd Couple (1970). She also played Mary Richards' neighbor, Paula Kovacks, on Mary Tyler Moore (1970) for a couple of episodes. However, her Laverne & Shirley (1976) fame came when her brother needed two women to play "fast girls" who were friends of Arthur Fonzarelli and would date Fonzie and Richie Cunningham on Happy Days (1974). Penny had been working on miscellaneous writing projects ("My Country Tis Of Thee", a bicentennial spoof for Francis Ford Coppola and "Paper Hands" about the Salem Witch Trials) with writing partner Cindy Williams. Cindy happened to be a friend and ex-girlfriend of Henry Winkler's, so Garry asked the two to play the parts of these girls. The audience saw their wonderful chemistry, and loved them so much, a spin-off was created for them.

Penny was well-known as Laverne DeFazio. She and Rob had a terrible divorce in 1980. The show ended three years later, half a year after Cindy Williams left the show due to pregnancy (her first baby, Emily, from now ex-husband Bill Hudson)... they wanted Williams to work the week she was supposed to deliver.

Soon after, Penny began directing such films as Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986), Big (1988) and A League of Their Own (1992). Her hobbies include needlepoint, jigsaw puzzles and antique shopping. She is best friends with actress Carrie Fisher and is godmother to Carrie's daughter, Billie.
Filmography

Actor ( 115 credits )

Mother's Day (2016) Opening Mom Narrator (voice)
The Seventies (2015)  Herself - Actor (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
Going to America (2014) Herself - Famous Director
Mulaney (2014)  Tutti (1 episode)
If These Knishes Could Talk: The Story of the NY Accent (2013) Herself (rumored)
Sam & Cat (2013)  Sylvia Burke (1 episode, 2013)
Murder Police (2013)  Sylvia Goldenberg
Hollywood Game Night (2013)  Herself - Panelist (1 episode, 2014)
Costas at the Movies (2013)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
CBS This Morning (2012)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Larry King Now (2012)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
New Year's Eve (2011) Herself - Ahern Party
Portlandia (2011)  Barbara (1 episode, 2012)
The Rosie Show (2011)  Herself (1 episode, 2012)
Hollywood Icons and Innovators (2011)  Herself (1 episode, 2011)
The Talk (2010)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
The Life & Times of Tim (2008)  PR Executive (1 episode, 2012)
Blonde Ambition (2007) Bolo Executive
Alice Upside Down (2007) Mrs. Plotkin
Everybody Wants to Be Italian (2007) Teresa the Florist
Alls Well That Ends Well (2007) Herself
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
The Bronx Is Burning (2007)  Herself (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 episode, 200
On the Lot (2007)  Herself - Judge (1 episode, 2007)
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters (2006) Herself
The Game (2006)  Rick Fox's Mother (1 episode, 2008)
Campus Ladies (2006) (1 episode, 2006)
Dawn French's Girls Who Do: Comedy (2006)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
My First Time (2006)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005) Herself
Bones (2005)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
The Tyra Banks Show (2005)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
Movies That Shook the World (2005)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
Stateside (2004) Lt. Chevetone (uncredited)
Entourage (2004)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
The Tony Danza Show (2004)  Herself (3 episodes, 2004-2005)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Herself (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
I'm with Her (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)
Celebrity Poker Showdown (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
The Wayne Brady Show (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)
High Fidelity (2000) Funeral Attendee - In Front of Rob (uncredited)
Special Delivery (1999)
The Directors (1999)  Herself (2 episodes, 2001)
VH-1 Behind the Movie (1999)  Herself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2002)
One Vision (1998) Herself
The Greatest (1998)  Herself / ... (1 episode, 2003)
The Roseanne Show (1997)  Herself (1 episode, 1998)
Nash Bridges (1996)  Iris Heller (1 episode, 1998)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Herself (13 episodes, 1996-2002)
The O'Reilly Factor (1996)  Laverne DeFazio (1 episode, 2008)
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)  Herself (3 episodes, 2003-2007)
Get Shorty (1995) Herself (Director) (uncredited)
MADtv (1995)  Herself (1 episode, 2001)
Carrie on Hollywood (1995)  Herself (1 episode, 1995)
Modern Marvels (1994)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)
Bravo Profiles (1994) (1 episode, 2002)
Hocus Pocus (1993) The Master's Wife (uncredited)
Frasier (1993)  Celeste (1 episode, 2004)
Intimate Portrait (1993)  Herself (3 episodes, 2001-2003)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Herself (2 episodes, 1994-1996)
HBO First Look (1992)  Herself - Director (1 episode, 2001)
The Hard Way (1991) Angie, Nick's Agent
The Howard Stern Show (1990)  Herself (1 episode, 1992)
The Simpsons (1989)  Ms. Botz (1 episode, 1990)
She's Having a Baby (1988) Herself (uncredited)
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Biography (1987)  Herself - Awakenings (1 episode, 2006)
Citizen Steve (1987) Herself
Movers & Shakers (1985) Reva
The New Show (1984)  Various / ... (1 episode, 1984)
Showbiz Today (1984)  Herself (1 episode, 1996)
This Is Your Life (1983)  Herself (1 episode, 1984)
Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour (1982)  Laverne (voice)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Herself (5 episodes, 2007-2010)
Laverne & Shirley in the Army (1981)  Laverne DeFazio (1 episode, 1981)
Bosom Buddies (1980)  Herself (uncredited) (1 episode, 1982)
1941 (1979) Miss Fitzroy (uncredited)
Taxi (1978)  Herself (1 episode, 1983)
Mork & Mindy (1978)  Laverne De Fazio (1 episode, 1978)
Blansky's Beauties (1977)  Laverne DeFazio (1 episode, 1977)
Laverne & Shirley (1976)  Laverne DeFazio (178 episodes, 1976-1983)
The Captain and Tennille (1976)  Herself (1 episode, 1976)
Good Heavens (1976) (1 episode, 1976)
How Come Nobody's on Our Side? (1975) Theresa
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Various / ... (3 episodes, 1975-1996)
Good Morning America (1975)  Herself (2 episodes, 1978-2012)
Happy Days (1974)  Laverne DeFazio (6 episodes, 1975-1979)
Chico and the Man (1974)  Anita (1 episode, 1975)
Dinah! (1974)  Herself (3 episodes, 1976)
Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers (1974)  Janice Dreyfuss (14 episodes, 1974-1975)
Match Game 73 (1973)  Herself (1 episode, 1974)
The (New) $25,000 Pyramid (1973)  Herself (10 episodes, 1976-1977)
The Bob Newhart Show (1972)  Stewardess (1 episode, 1972)
Banacek (1972)  Receptionist (1 episode, 1973)
The Super (1972)  Janice (1 episode, 1972)
Getting Together (1971)  Mona (1 episode, 1971)
Where's Poppa? (1970) Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
The Grasshopper (1970) Plaster Caster
Mary Tyler Moore (1970)  Paula Kovacs / ... (3 episodes, 1974-1976)
The Odd Couple (1970)  Myrna (27 episodes, 1972-1975)
Barefoot in the Park (1970) (1 episode, 1970)
Love, American Style (1969)  Mary Agnes (segment "Love and the Pick-Up") (1 episode
Then Came Bronson (1969)  Claire (1 episode, 1969)
My Friend Tony (1969)  Janet (1 episode, 1969)
How Sweet It Is! (1968) Tour Girl
The Savage Seven (1968) Tina
That Girl (1966)  Assistant Librarian / ... (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)  Herself (1 episode, 1977)
The Merv Griffin Show (1962)  Herself (1 episode, 1976)
The Mike Douglas Show (1961)  Herself (1 episode, 1977)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954)  Mayor's Secretary (2 episodes, 1970)
Today (1952)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)

Producer ( 10 credits )

Bewitched (2005) producer
Cinderella Man (2005) producer
Risk (2003) producer
With Friends Like These... (1998) producer
Getting Away with Murder (1996) producer
Renaissance Man (1994) executive producer
Calendar Girl (1993) executive producer
A League of Their Own (1993) producer (unknown episodes)
A League of Their Own (1992) executive producer
Awakenings (1990) executive producer

Director ( 13 credits )

United States of Tara (2009) (2 episodes, 2010-2011)
Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)
According to Jim (2001) (2 episodes, 2009)
The Preacher's Wife (1996)
Renaissance Man (1994)
A League of Their Own (1993) (1 episode, 1993)
A League of Their Own (1992)
Awakenings (1990)
Big (1988)
Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986)
Working Stiffs (1979) (1 episode, 1979)
Laverne & Shirley (1976) (4 episodes, 1979-1981)
The Land of No Return (0) (in talks)