Actress Penny Marshall Wiki, Bio, Age, Career, Height, Spouse, Children, Books, Occupation, Active Year & Net Worth


Penny Marshall was an American actress, director, and producer. She came to notice in the 1970s for her role as Laverne DeFazio on the television sitcom Laverne & Shirley (1976–1983). And that was receiving three nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy for her portrayal.

Marshall made her directorial debut with Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1986) before directing Big (since 1988), which became the first film directed by a woman to gross more than $100 million at the U.S. box office. Likewise, a League of Their Own (since 1992), Renaissance Man (since 1994), The Preacher’s Wife (1996) and Riding in Cars with Boys (2001). She also produced Cinderella Man (since 2005) and Bewitched (2005), and directed episodes of the TV series According to Jim and United States of Tara.

Early life

Carole Penny Marshall was born in the Bronx, New York City, New York, on October 15, 1943, to Marjorie Irene (née Ward; 1908–1983). Likewise, a tap dance teacher who ran the Marjorie Marshall Dance School, and Anthony “Tony” Masciarelli (1906–1999), later Anthony Wallace Marshall, a director of industrial films and later a producer. Moreover, she was the sister of actor/director/TV producer Garry Marshall and Ronny Hallin, a television producer. Similarly, her middle name was selected because her older sister Ronny, wanting a horse in the Bronx, was saving her pennies; her mother chose the middle name in an attempt to console her.


Marshall first appeared on a television commercial for Head and Shoulders beautifying shampoo. She was hired to play a girl with stringy, unattractive hair. And Farrah Fawcett was hired to play a girl with thick, bouncy hair. As the crew was lighting the set, Marshall’s stand-in wore a placard that read “Homely Girl” and Fawcett’s stand-in wore a placard that said “Pretty Girl”. Fawcett, sensing Marshall’s insecurity about her looks, crossed out “Homely” on the Marshall stand-in placard and wrote “Plain”. Marshall and Billie Hayes were the only actresses to audition for the role of Witchiepoo for H.R. Pufnstuf, produced by Sid and Marty Krofft. Marshall thought that she was not right for the part, and Hayes got the role.

Personal life

While at college, Marshall met Michael Henry, a football player, and left to marry him in 1963, aged 20;[31] they had one daughter named Tracy in 1964 (now Tracy Reiner). The marriage lasted three years. Further, on April 10, 1971, Marshall married actor/director Rob Reiner, who later adopted Tracy. Her marriage to Reiner ended in 1981; the couple had five grandchildren together.

Marshall had a brief relationship with singer Art Garfunkel in the mid-1980s, and he credits her with helping him through his depression. Similarly, Marshall had an abortion after getting pregnant in 1983. Later, in 2010, it was reported that Marshall had been diagnosed with lung cancer that had metastasized to her brain, but two years later she was ‘fine now’. Following her recovery she published a memoir, My Mother Was Nuts.


Marshall died in Los Angeles on December 17, 2018, at the age of 75. According to her death certificate, the causes were cardiopulmonary failure, atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus type 1. Similarly, following Marshall’s death, her former husband Rob Reiner took to Twitter to say: “I loved Penny. I grew up with her. She was born with a great gift. She was born with a funnybone and the instinct of how to use it. I was very lucky to have lived with her and her funnybone. I will miss her”.


  • Full Name: Carole Penny Marshall
  • Date of Birth: October 15, 1943
  • Birth Place: New York City, New York, U.S.
  • Date of Death: December 17, 2018
  • Aged: 75
  • Death Place: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Resting place: Forest Lawn Memorial Park
  • Death Place: Hollywood Hills, California
  • Alma mater: University of New Mexico
  • Occupation: Actress, director, producer
  • Years active: since 1968–2018
  • Spouse(s): Michael “Mike” Henry (m since 1963; div. 1966), Rob Reiner (m. 1971; div. 1981)
  • Children: Tracy Reiner
  • Relatives: Garry Marshall (brother), Scott Marshall (nephew)
  • Books: My Mother Was Nuts, Entertainment, Holidays, etc.
  • Net Worth: $45 million
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