Tom Hanks leads heartfelt tributes for Penny Marshall after her death

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Sitcom actress and critically-acclaimed film director Penny Marshall has died at 75.

Hallin said she and other family members were by Penny's side when she passed away "very peacefully" at her home in California.

Marshall was best known for her 1970s and '80s on-screen antics as beer-bottle capper Laverne DeFazio opposite quirky co-star Cindy Williams, aka Shirley Feeney.

The success of Big made Marshall the first woman to direct a film that made more than $100 million at the USA box office. "Your movie A League of Their Own honored the women of the (All-American Girls Professional Baseball League) and inspired others to play baseball".

Marshall was survived by her older sister, Ronny, her daughter, and three grandchildren. She had already played Myrna Turner on The Odd Couple previously.

Hanks, 62, commemorated the Laverne & Shirley actress in a sweet message he shared on Twitter Tuesday.

The 1990 drama, starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams, saw Marshall become only the second woman to be nominated for the best director gong at the Academy Awards.

Marshall often shrugged off similar criticism, telling the New York Times: "But I like corny".

Marshall later went on to direct a number of successful films, including 'Big, ' the 1988 movie starring Tom Hanks that became the first film directed by a woman to make $100 million at the box office.

Marshall's family hailed her contribution to the entertainment industry in its statement, saying, "As an actress, her work on "Laverne & Shirley" broke ground featuring blue-collar women entertaining America in prime time. When she says it about somebody else, you laughed, but when it was you, you didn't laugh so much". Speaking to the New Yorker in 2012, she said, "I was married twice, and I was with Artie for five years, and anything else you're not hearing about. I was lucky to have known and worked with her".

The Marshall family said in a statement: "Our family is heartbroken". She was a very amusing, gifted and deceptively smart woman.

Marshall also accumulated eclectic items including rare vintage baseball photos she purchased on a trip to Cuba in 2001, the report said.

During the '70s and '80s, Bo Kaprall, show business veteran who calls Minnesota home, became friends with Marshall and her then-husband Rob Reiner, which landed him a job on the classic show "Laverne and Shirley". I join the more than 1.4 million residents of this borough in not only mourning her passing, but remembering her legacy as an artist who made us laugh, cry and think. Her first was to her college sweetheart, Michael Henry, with whom she had a daughter, Tracy.

The first film she directed was Jumpin' Jack Flash in 1986, which featured a cover of the hit Rolling Stones song of the same name performed by the late Aretha Franklin. "She will be missed by so many". "May she rest in peace".

In the 2000s she moved into producing (Cinderella Man, Bewitched) and occasionally took small cameo roles (sometimes as herself) and voice work.