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>> 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.
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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.
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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.
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>> 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.
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Schlemiel, an unlucky bungler, and schlimazel, a consistently unlucky person. Neither of which defined Marshall, but would have likely made her smile.