Penny Marshall, who was known for directing two of Tom Hanks' biggest movies 'Big' and 'A League Of Their Own' has passed away at 75.
Penny Marshall's publicist has said her passing was due to diabetes complications.
As well as being a well-known director, Marshall also dabbled in acting. She played one half of the lead roles in the sitcom 'Laverne & Shirley' opposite Cindy Williams, which aired from 1976 to 1983.
'Big' also saw Marshall become the first woman ever to see their movie gross over $100 million dollars at the box office.
Celebrities have been paying homage to the late director on Twitter, with Tom Hanks leading the tributes. The actor said, "Goodbye, Penny. Man, did we laugh a lot! Wish we still could. Love you. Hanx."
Goodbye, Penny. Man, did we laugh a lot! Wish we still could. Love you. Hanx.
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) December 18, 2018
Billy Crystal tweeted, "Sad to hear of Penny Marshall’s passing. a great comedienne a terrific director and a dear friend."
Sad to hear of Penny Marshall’s passing. a great comedienne a terrific director and a dear friend.
— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) December 18, 2018
Viola Davis thanked Marshall for all that she did for women, saying "Thank you for what you contributed to us girls."
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
Danny DeVito described Marshall as "a sweet woman" with "a heart of gold," yet "Tough as nails."
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
George Takei said Marshall "truly broke new ground as a director."
Penny Marshall brought us great laughter and truly broke new ground as a director. Neither a schlemiel, nor ever a schlimazel, she shall be missed by her many fans. Rest in peace.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 18, 2018
Mark Wahlberg tweeted his respects to Marshall, saying "Without her support and encouragement, I would not be where I am today."
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
Marshall was a huge fan of baseball, and Major league Baseball have also tweeted a tribute.
We join the baseball community in mourning the passing of Penny Marshall, director of "A League of Their Own." pic.twitter.com/RITPLo5xN7
— MLB (@MLB) December 18, 2018
Ron Howard has said she "She made the transition from sitcom star to A List movie director with ease & had a major impact on both mediums."
#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
Ava DuVernay thanked Marshall for "The hearts you warmed."
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
Comic Kathy Griffin tweeted about her friend, remarking that she "was a loyal friend, a pioneer for women in film."
Penny Marshall was a loyal friend, a pioneer for women in film, and true supporter of women in the industry. Rest In Peace my friend. pic.twitter.com/UL2yAgbNUr
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) December 18, 2018
'The Simpsons' animator David Silverman revealed that Marshall was the show's first ever guest star.
So long to Penny Marshall, our first guest star. The Babysitter Bandit in Some Enchanted Evening (7G01). Great comedic actor and director. RIP pic.twitter.com/d43fyN5O68
— David Silverman (@tubatron) December 18, 2018
And finally Bette Midler, has said that the passing of Penny Marshall marks "The end of an era."
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.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) December 18, 2018