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The Laverne & Shirley star died on 17 December at her home in Hollywood Hills after suffering complications from diabetes.

Actress-turned-filmmaker Penny Marshall, who directed Tom Hanks in the family favourite comedy Big, has died aged 75. She also was in "The Odd Couple" and "Happy Days".

Besides her own acting career, and having come from an artistically inclined family (well-known scriptwriter Garry Marshall is her brother), there is a certain stylism that follows Marshall's career that indicates an intrinsic aesthetic sense at play in her films, from early works like Big to her last film as a director, Riding In Cars With Boys. Marshall rose to fame as one half of the 1970s sitcom duo Laverne & Shirley before going on to direct big-budget Hollywood movies at a time when few women did. Not only was the film a hit with viewers, but it became a substantial financial success as well. "Watch some old Laverne and Shirley to see why her brother Garry insisted on casting her. Comedy gold, she was". The characters Laverne and Shirley first appeared on an episode of Happy Days, as a type of "fast" girl-a characterization in keeping with the show's retro appeal.

Hanks, 62, commemorated the Laverne & Shirley actress in a sweet message he shared on Twitter Tuesday.

Marshall often shrugged off similar criticism, telling the New York Times: "But I like corny".

Penny Marshall and Tom Hanks on "Cable Vision" in 1981. From there she became the first female director to direct a film grossing more than $100 million with Big (1988) - a feat which she repeated with A League of Their Own (1992), which she also executive produced.

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Actor James Wood said he was devastated by her passing. Marshall earned three Golden Globe nominations for best actress in a television series, comedy or musical for her work on this series. "I will miss her", Reiner said.

Marshall died "peacefully" in her California home on Monday.

Marshall also accumulated eclectic items including rare vintage baseball photos she purchased on a trip to Cuba in 2001, the report said. This was her second film, the first being the generally panned Jumpin' Jack Flash starring Whoopi Goldberg.

Actor Josh Gad acknowledged the strides she made for women in film. They were part of her without being the entirety of her, which is pretty much exactly how we talk about successful men.

Marshall was married from 1963 to 1966 to Michael Henry. Neither a schlemiel, nor ever a schlimazel, she shall be missed by her many fans. "May she Rest in Peace", Robert DeNiro tells ET Canada about Marshall's passing.

"Penny was a trailblazer who made a tremendous contribution to the film and television industry and to American culture", said Kirsten Schaffer, executive director of Women In Film Los Angeles, a group that advocates for women working in the film industry, in a statement to ABC News. "She could play round ball with the best of them".


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