American actress Penny Marshall dies at age 75 in Los Angeles due to complications of diabetes!

American actress, director, and producer Penny Marshall died in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, CA on 17 December 2018, it is reported. She had complications of diabetes and is survived by her daughter actress Tracy Reiner and five grandchildren.

Penny Marshall and her health and death

Penny Marshall was born on 15 October 1943. In the year 2010, it was reported that Penny was suffering from lung cancer and she underwent the therapy for it. The cancer cells had metastasized to her brain and it took her two years to come out of that phase. But in 2012, she had some good news for her fans and viewers. She confirmed that she was in remission and her health was good.

Source: Hollywood reporter (Penny Marshall)

Penny Marshall was suffering from diabetes and it was due to the complications of this illness that Penny died on 17 December 2018 at her residence in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California in the USA. There are no more details provided about her last few days before her death.

Penny Marshall-tributes

Tributes poured in from all corners of the entertainment world for Penny Marshall. Her ex-husband Rob Reiner who had adopted her daughter Tracy with her previous husband football player Michael Henry wrote on Twitter:

“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.”

Rosie O’Donnell tweeted:

“1996 Kmart TV Commercial with Penny Marshall and Rosie O’Donnell https://youtu.be/bB43HsExO3w via @YouTube – simply heartbroken #ripPENNY.”

Tom Hanks also wrote on his Twitter handle:

“Goodbye, Penny. Man, did we laugh a lot! Wish we still could. Love you. Hanx.”
Ron Howard praised her for her comic and smart nature. He 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.”
Source; Page six (Penny)

Geena Davis tweeted:

“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.”
“Oh Penny Marshall. Rest In Peace and thank you for everything.”
Major League baseball wrote:
 “We join the baseball community in mourning the passing of Penny Marshall, director of A League of Their Own.”
Ava DuVernay tweeted:
“Thank you, Penny Marshall. For the trails you blazed. The laughs you gave. The hearts you warmed. “
Danny DeVito tweeted:
“Penny 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.”
Billy Crystal wrote:
“Sad to hear of Penny Marshall’s passing. a great comedienne a terrific director and a dear friend.”
Bette Midler mourned her death thus:
“The Marshall family grieves again as the great #PennyMarshall dies at age 75. What an extraordinary family they were and continue to be, and how much love and sympathy my family and I send their way. The end of an era.”

Penny Marshall and her life

Source; The New York Times (Penny in TV series Laverne and Shirley)

Penny began acting and gained fame in the 1970s. She took to directing films in the 1980s and also ventured into production. She was a success in all these fields. She was first married in 1963 to Michael Henry a football player with whom she has a daughter born in 1964. The couple divorced three years later. In 1971, she married Rob Reiner and after 10 years they called it split. In the mid-1980s, she had a brief relationship with the singer Art Garfunkel. She played a major role in helping him overcome his depression.

Source: page six, The New York Times, wikipedia