There’s No Crying In Obituaries: Film Director Penny Marshall Has Died

Penny Marshall
Penny Marshall, right, briefly dated RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, left, in the mid 1980’s. He would later learn it was only to make Art Garfunkle jealous.

Los Angeles- Actress and director Penny Marshall died Monday due to complications from diabetes. She was 75.

Marshall got her start as an actress and first achieved success on “The Odd Couple” after her brother, Garry became the executive producer. She then landed her most famous role as LaVerne DeFazio on “LaVerne & Shirley,” which was created by her brother, Garry.

On the big screen, she appeared in such films as “1941,” “Hocus Pocus,” “RECOiL” and “High Fidelity.”

After “LaVerne & Shirley” ended, Garry suggested Penny go into directing, and she would go on to direct hits like “Big,” “A League of Their Own” and “Awakenings.”

She is survived by her daughter, Tracy and five grandchildren.

Penny Marshall’s Brother, Garry Marshall, Dies At 81

Garry Marshall

Garry Marshall, right, first met RECOiL writer Brian DiMaio, center, when DiMaio wrote for Happy Days. DiMaio quit after the script for season five episode three was finalized. He felt the show had lost it’s way. Years later Marshall offered to direct DiMaio’s film RECOiL but the two, ultimately, disagreed on a certain water skiing stunt Marshall wanted to incorporate into the script.

Burbank, CA—Famed movie and TV director and “Joanie Loves Chachi” creator Garry Marshall died Tuesday from complications from pneumonia following a stroke. He was 81.

Marshall graduated from some hack journalism school at Northwestern University and wrote for “The Daily News” in New York City before making the leap and moving to LA.

Best known for creating television classics like “Hey Landlord,” “Me and the Chimp” and “Angie,” Marshall also wrote for the television shows “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.,” “The Andy Griffith Show” and “I Spy.”

On the big screen, Marshall directed such films as “Pretty Woman,” “Runaway Bride,” “The Princess Diaries,” “RECOiL” and “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.”

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; son Scott and daughters Lori, and Kathleen, as well as six grandchildren.

Garry Marshall To Direct “Groundhog Day” Remake

Ground Hog Day

Ground Hog Day. This looks familiar.

Los Angeles—Critics are salivating over an announcement earlier today by Warner Brothers that they have given the green light for another holiday-themed star-studded romantic comedy from holiday filmmaker Garry Marshall: a remake of the Bill Murray classic “Groundhog Day!”

Despite not one single solitary positive review for any of Marshall’s recent holiday romantic comedies, an anonymous source at Warner Brothers admitted the films, “made just too damn much money, we had to let Garry remake this!”

“We’re really thrilled to get going on ‘Groundhog Day!’ because it’s a romantic comedy that has an environmental message, too,” the source said. “That combination is rare these days, with the notable exception of ‘The King’s Speech.’ But even that film, I think, you really had to look hard to find the message. But we’re excited!”
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As If “Valentine’s Day” And “New Year’s Eve” Weren’t Bad Enough, Garry Marshall’s Making Another Holiday-Themed Romantic Comedy

Arbor Day (The Movie)

Arbor Day: Nothing says "Go plant a tree" like a jam-packed all star cast. Now go and plant a tree.

Los Angeles—Critics are salivating over yesterday’s announcement by Warner Brothers that they have given the green light for another holiday-themed star-studded romantic comedy from Garry Marshall: “Arbor Day!”

Despite not one single solitary positive review for the first two holiday romantic comedies in Marshall’s “Holi-lilogy” series, an anonymous source at Warner Brothers admitted the films, “made just too damn much money, we had to go for a third one!”

“We’re really thrilled to get going on ‘Arbor Day!’ because it’s a romantic comedy that has an environmental message, too,” the source said. “That combination is rare these days, with the notable exception of ‘The King’s Speech.’ But even that film, I think, you really had to look hard to find the message. But we’re excited!”
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