Penny Marshall

Penny Marshall

Highest Rated: 97% Big (1988)

Lowest Rated: 0% Getting Away with Murder (1996)

Birthday: Oct 15, 1943

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 taken a hiatus from the


Highest Rated Movies



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 $54.6M 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 $0.4M 2007
42% Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World Herself $0.8M 2006
25% Bewitched Producer $62.3M 2005
80% Cinderella Man Producer $61.7M 2005
24% Stateside Lt. Chevetone $0.2M 2004
49% Riding in Cars With Boys Director $29.7M 2001
No Score Yet Jackie's Back Actor 1999
43% That Old Feeling Actor 1997
60% The Preacher's Wife Director 1996
0% Getting Away with Murder Producer 1996
87% Get Shorty Herself (uncredited) 1995
No Score Yet Carrie Fisher: The Hollywood Family Actor 1995
12% Renaissance Man Director Executive Producer 1994
No Score Yet The Odd Couple: Together Again Myrna 1993
34% Hocus Pocus uncredited cameo 1993
11% Calendar Girl Executive Producer Producer 1993
78% A League of Their Own Director Executive Producer 1992
74% The Hard Way Angie 1991
88% Awakenings Executive Producer Producer Director 1990
97% Big Director 1988
29% Jumpin' Jack Flash Director Screenwriter 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
42% 1941 Miss Fitzroy 1979
No Score Yet How Come Nobody's On Our Side Theresa 1973
No Score Yet Evil Roy Slade Bank Teller 1972
No Score Yet The Grasshopper Plaster Caster 1970
No Score Yet The Savage Seven Tina 1968
No Score Yet How Sweet It Is! Tour Girl 1968


No Score Yet The Odd Couple
Patty 2016
No Score Yet Celebrity Family Feud
Appearing 2015
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
Appearing 2014
94% Portlandia
No Score Yet The Talk
Guest 2013
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
Guest 2012
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
Guest 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Guest 2012
85% United States of Tara
Director 2011
No Score Yet According to Jim
Director 2009
No Score Yet The Game
Rick's Mother 2008
90% Bones
Herself 2006
66% Entourage
Guest 2006
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Guest 2006
58% I'm With Her
Herself 2004
No Score Yet MADtv
Guest 2001
No Score Yet Tracey Takes On...
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Host Appearing 1996
85% The Simpsons
Voice 1990
No Score Yet Taxi
Penny Marshall 1983
No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley
Director Laverne DeFazio 1983
78% Bosom Buddies
Herself 1982
No Score Yet Happy Days
Laverne 1979
95% Mork & Mindy
Laverne 1978
No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Toni Paula Kovacks Paula 1976
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
Myrna Turner 1974
No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show
Stewardess 1972


Bank Teller says: Don't shoot me, I'm only the piano player.

Alice McKinley says: Mrs. Plotkin, I can't do anything right.

Mrs. Plotkin says: You know, every kid you know feels the exact same way.

Alice McKinley says: It doesn't seem like it.

Mrs. Plotkin says: That's 'cause they're busy hiding it. Just like you're hiding now.

Alice McKinley says: Well I can't hide anymore.

Mrs. Plotkin says: You know everyone has their own talent, Alice, and when you set your mind to it, you have quite a way with words.

Mrs. Plotkin says: I'll get you yet,Alice Mckinley, you little...

Mrs. Plotkin says: I'll get you yet, Alice Mckinley, you little...