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Madonna Reminisces About Working With Penny Marshall

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Upon hearing the news of Penny Marshall’s death, many in Hollywood shared their stories of the icon. The New York City native kicked down the door for women in the entertainment industry. One pop star in particular has special memories of Marshall.

This Used To Be My Playground

Singer Madonna got into the movie business with roles in Dick Tracy and Desperately Seeking Susan. Her performance in A League of Their Own, however, was her big breakthrough. In the film, she plays center fielder “All the Way” Mae Mordabito. Off screen, Madonna and Marshall had the time of their lives.

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On Instagram, Madonna posted an old photo of the two on set. “Lucky to have known you and worked with you Penny Marshall!! Your Talent was as BIG as your Heart! and you were a Trailblazer For Women In Hollywood! GOD BLESS you and your family,” she stated.

A $100 Million Legend

Marshall gained critical acclaim for her portrayal of Laverne DeFazio in Laverne & Shirley. Her work on the show earned the star three Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress in a Television Series. After years of acting, Marshall made the huge leap into directing with 1986’s Jumpin’ Jack Flash.

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Two years later, Marshall’s directorial career skyrocketed with the release of Big. She became the first female director to have a movie gross over $100 million at the box office. She would go on to direct the aforementioned League, Awakenings, and The Preacher’s Wife. Her last directed film was 2001’s Riding in Cars with Boys. In 2014, she revealed plans to direct a biopic about Effa Manley, who was the first woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Lights, Camera, Action

Marshall didn’t stray from acting while she was busy in the director’s chair. She made guest appearances on Frasier, Bones, and Portlandia. Her final acting role was in The Odd Couple reboot back in 2016. While she didn’t play her old character Myrna Turner, she portrayed Patty Dombrowski.

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Marshall leaves behind her only child Tracy Reiner, who starred in several of her films.

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