Actress and director Penny Marshall dies at age 75

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FILE - In this April 9, 1984 file photo, actress Penny Marshall arrives for the 56th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

FILE - In this April 9, 1984 file photo, actress Penny Marshall arrives for the 56th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo: AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Penny Marshall, who starred in "Laverne & Shirley" before becoming one of the top-grossing female directors in Hollywood, has died. She was 75.

Marshall's publicist, Michelle Bega, said Marshall died in her Los Angeles home on Monday due to complications from diabetes.

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 1982 file photo, actress Penny Marshall poses with her brother, producer-director Garry Marshall at a dinner given in honor of Garry Marshall by the Los Angeles Free Clinic in Los Angeles. Photo/AP
FILE - In this Dec. 6, 1982 file photo, actress Penny Marshall poses with her brother, producer-director Garry Marshall at a dinner given in honor of Garry Marshall by the Los Angeles Free Clinic in Los Angeles. Photo/AP

Marshall starred alongside Cindy Williams in the hit ABC comedy "Laverne & Shirley," which aired from 1976 to 1983. As a filmmaker, she became the first woman to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million with "Big," the 1988 comedy starring Tom Hanks. She also directed "A League of Their Own," ''Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Awakenings."

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