>> I had a little thing. I forgot to take it out of the jewelry box.>> Behind the endearingly nasal Bronx accent and trademark half glasses, a powerhouse of talent. Actor and director Penny Marshall, one half of popular 70s sitcom Laverne and Shirley, passing away Tuesday at age 75 from complications from diabetes.
Marshall's unrefined but lovable role of Laverne DeFozzio created by her late brother Gary. Like him, Penny ultimately becoming a sought-after director. Her 1988 film Big, with Tom Hanks toe tickling the ivories, was the first film directed by a woman to gross more than $100 million in the US.
An achievement she would match with 1992's, A League of Their Own, also staring Hanks. The actor saying goodbye to her Tuesday, tweeting, Man, did we laugh a lot. Wish we still could. Marshall could had knob with everyone from Paul McCartney to Meryl Streep, but may have been most comfortable courtside, cheering on her beloved LA Lakers.
>> I'm a Clipper fan too.>> Social media on Tuesday flooded with tributes from Ron Howard, Russell Crowe, Rosie O'Donnell, and ex-husband Rob Reiner, who tweeted, I was very lucky to have lived with her and her funny bone. The folks at Merriam-Webster's dictionary even chiming in, recalling Laverne and Shirley's classic theme song and its famous opening words.
Schlemiel, an unlucky bungler, and schlimazel, a consistently unlucky person. Neither of which defined Marshall, but would have likely made her smile.