Listen: Penny Marshall, "Laverne & Shirley" star, dead at 75
"Was her name, and she had she already had that poll penny Marshall persona going at the time ended up. Starring a bit with rod, rob Reiner. And anyway, then she went on to do. Lebron Shirley, I think it was the for one thing. She was so distinct her voice her look the way she carried herself. I mean, you could she was a very very distinct character, and then Laverne, and Shirley, I think was itself a perfect vehicle for her and kind of unusual. It was a show about a working class women, and we had not seen a lot of working class shows. The honeymooners all the family, the Flintstones their benef- you. But these were, you know, independent women working in a wooded a brewery, and then they but at the same time they had some of that Lucy and Ethel thing going for them. Yeah. She she was wonderful on television, very distinct as you said, but but then after that transitioning to the role of producer. Director and involved with a number of very successful movies. Yeah. In in many ways, I think this may be her greatest legacy even beyond the big hit Laverne, and Shirley, which was a number two hit for a couple of years. Back in the eighties. When there were very few female directors directing big movies. Unfortunately, there are that many directing big movies now she was doing a big which was an enormous hit one of the signature movies of the nineteen eighties. Awakenings a league of their own as we got into the nineteen nineties these were big important movies, and she really very quickly after moving out of television became notorious the cinema always found it very interesting that the the group that started really with happy days. And of course, she had the spinoff Laverne, and Shirley, but of that group, you look at the people who came out and started working behind the scenes in movies and television the likes of her Henry Winkler, Ron Howard. Even who was it the plate. Potsy name escapes me right now. Most. I think has done some he played the the other bedspread. Yeah, I'm predicting visa actually Williams. There we go. But you're right. That whole from Gary Marshall who again started in sitcoms who became a big director to a large portion of that cast really became big in movies. And of course, Henry Winkler finally won his EMMY, and is now on the Kaminsky method, which is one of the more interesting new shows to come along in a couple of years. Robert, thank you so much for your perspective. Once again, getting word this morning that television star movie producer director penny Marshall has died at the age of seventy five after a battle with diabetes. We'll have more"