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Penny Marshall

Highest Rated:   97% Big (1988)
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Birthplace:   The Bronx, New York, USA
Instantly recognizable for her cute overbite, raucous voice, and broad Bronx accent, Penny Marshall successfully made the transition from popular comic actress to a respected director and producer of popular mainstream feature films. A New York native (born Carole Penny Marsciarelli), Marshall is the daughter of an industrial filmmaker and a dance instructor. She started dancing herself as a toddler and as a teen competed on The Ted Mack Amateur Hour with a dance troupe comprised of several friends. The group also appeared on The Jackie Gleason Show. By the time she was a young adult and had graduated with degrees in math and psychology from the University of New Mexico, her older brother, Garry Marshall, had established himself as a successful television writer. It was Garry who provided Marshall with her first film role in his feature film debut effort as a screenwriter and producer in How Sweet It Is (1968).When her brother began creating and producing situation comedies, he made sure Marshall had parts in his shows, the first of which was My Friend Tony and the second was The Odd Couple, where she had a recurring role. Marshall also guest starred on other comedies, including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, but her big break didn't come until her brother cast her and her friend Cindy Williams as Laverne and Shirley in an episode of his popular series Happy Days. Her portrayal of a wiseacre working-class broad and Williams' take on the more innocent Shirley gained an instant fan base and so Garry Marshall was inspired to build a sitcom around the characters. Laverne and Shirley debuted in 1978 and ran through 1983. During this period, Marshall was married to actor-turned-director Rob Reiner. She divorced him in the early '80s. At that time, it was apparent that her acting career was on a dead-end street and Marshall decided to try out directing. Beginning with television movies and series such as The Tracey Ullman Show, Marshall learned to direct. She made her feature film directorial debut with the Whoopi Goldberg vehicle Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986) which had originally been slated for director Howard Zieff. Returning her brother's favors, she gave him a part in the film and also created a part for her daughter, Tracy Reiner (the offspring from Marshall's first marriage to Michael Henry). The film was a critical and box-office dud, but this did not deter Marshall from trying again. Her second attempt at directing, Big (1988), the story of a boy whose wish is granted and so finds himself stranded in a man's body, made actor Tom Hanks a movie star and established Marshall as a respectable big-league filmmaker. Still, she took two years to finish her next film, Awakenings (1990). This was due in part to 20th Century Fox's reluctance to have the story filmed until Marshall had engaged her friends Robin Williams, in a rare subdued dramatic role, and Robert De Niro. A well-made and poignant drama, Awakenings received three Academy Award nominations, including one for Best Picture. For her next film, Marshall offered up a sentimental, funny, and ebullient look at the women who kept professional baseball alive when all the young men were off fighting during WWII in A League of Their Own (1992). It was a well-crafted effort that has grown in popularity on video and netted star Geena Davis a Golden Globe nomination. Since then, Marshall's directorial output yielded uneven results and her films, while still loaded with mainstream appeal, had yet to reach the degree of popularity of her earlier work. In the late '90s, she and her much-younger pal, comedian Rosie O'Donnell, became popular for a series of television commercials for K-Mart. In addition to directing and producing, Marshall occasionally continued to work as an actress on television and in films, and earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (alongside her Laverne and Shirley co-star Cindy Williams) in 2004. Though at the time it appeared that Marshall had

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery
  • The Elder
2015
No Score Yet Last Supper (Going To America)
  • Herself/Famous Director
2014
No Score Yet If These Knishes Could Talk: The Story of the NY Accent
  • Actor
2013
7% New Year's Eve
  • Herself
2011
No Score Yet Alice Upside Down
  • Mrs. Plotkin
2008
No Score Yet Fathers of the Sport
  • Actor
2008
9% Everybody Wants to Be Italian
  • Teresa
2007
42% Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World
  • Herself
2006
25% Bewitched
  • Producer
2005
80% Cinderella Man
  • Producer
2005
24% Stateside
  • Lt. Chevetone
2004
49% Riding in Cars With Boys
  • Director
2001
43% That Old Feeling
  • Actor
1997
60% The Preacher's Wife
  • Director
1996
0% Getting Away with Murder
  • Producer
1996
86% Get Shorty
  • Herself (uncredited)
1995
No Score Yet Carrie Fisher: The Hollywood Family
  • Actor
1995
17% Renaissance Man
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
1994
30% Hocus Pocus
  • uncredited cameo
1993
11% Calendar Girl
  • Executive Producer
1993
77% A League of Their Own
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
1992
74% The Hard Way
  • Angie
1991
88% Awakenings
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
1990
34% She's Having a Baby
  • Actor
1988
97% Big
  • Director
1988
28% Jumpin' Jack Flash
  • Director
1986
No Score Yet Challenge of a Lifetime
  • Nora Hoffer-Schoonover
1985
No Score Yet Movers & Shakers
  • Reva
1985
No Score Yet Love Thy Neighbor
  • Linda Wilson
1984
33% 1941
  • Miss Fitzroy
1979
No Score Yet How Come Nobody's On Our Side
  • Theresa
1973
No Score Yet The Savage Seven
  • Tina
1968
No Score Yet How Sweet It Is!
  • Tour Girl
1968

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
75% United States of Tara
2009-2011
  • Director
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
67% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet Bones
2005
  • Herself
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Guest
97% Portlandia
2011
  • Actor
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
2015
  • Patty
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Appearing

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