Penny Marshall

Quick Facts

Celebrated Name: Penny Marshall
Real Name/Full Name: Carole Penny Marshall
Gender: Female
Age at the time of death: 75 years old
Birth Date: 15 October 1943
Date of death: 17 December 2018
Birth Place: The Bronx, New York, United States
Nationality: American
Height: 1.68 m
Weight: 95 kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Divorced
Rob Reiner (m. 1971–1981), Michael Henry (m. 1963–1967)
Children: Yes (Tracy Reiner)
Profession: American actress, director, and producer
Net Worth in 2022: $45 million
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After playing a number of supporting roles on television, Penny Marshall is an American actress, voice actor, producer, and director best known for playing Laverne DeFazio in the comedy Happy Days.

The success of the actress’s performance led to the development of the Laverne & Shirley spin-off comedy. She also took on the role of DeFazio for the duration of the program, from 1976 to 1983.


Marjorie Irene Masciarelli and Anthony “Tony” Masciarelli welcomed Penny Marshall into the world in 1943. She was born in the city of New York, in the state of New York. In the Bronx, at 3235 Grand Concourse, she spent her formative years. She attended the University of New Mexico and also received her diploma from Walton High School.

Childhood image of Penny Marshall(Source: Huffpost)

Anthony was a manager of industrial films who eventually transitioned into production, whilst Marjorie was a tap dance instructor and the head of the Marjorie Marshall Dance School. This actress is well-known for being the sister of both television producer Ronny Hallin and actor Garry Marshall.

Height & Weight

When Penny Marshall passed away on October 15, 1943, she was 75 years old. She stood 1.68 m tall and weighed 95 kg.

Professional Life

When Penny Marshall first started her career, she was in a television ad for cosmetic shampoo. Farrah Fawcett was cast as a character with thick, bouncy hair, whereas the actress was cast as a teenager with ugly hair.

Penny Marshall and her brother(Source: huffpost)

Marshall’s stand-in held a sign that read “Homely Girl,” while Fawcett’s stand-in carried a placard that read “Pretty Girl” as the cast was getting ready for the set. Furthermore, on the Marshall stand-in billboard, Farrah Fawcett scratched out “Homely” and added “Plain,” sensing Marshall’s nervousness about her appearance.

Penny Marshall in her wedding day(Source: huffpost)

She became well-known for her work on television after playing Myrna Turner on The Odd Couple in regular guest roles (from 1971 to 1975).

Marshall was cast as Janice Dreyfuss, Paul Dreyfuss’s sister-in-law in the 1974 television series Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers by Allan Burns and James L. Brooks, the show’s executive producers.


For her work, Penny Marshall received three Golden Globe nominations. The actress helmed movies like Big, the first female-directed movie to earn over $100 million at the US box office.

She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture for her work in Awakenings. In 1991, she was given the Women in Film Crystal Award. She was also given the Women of Vision Award by Women in Film and Video in 2013.

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Net worth & Source of Income

As of July 2022, Penny Marshall’s net worth is predicted to be $45 million. Her success as an actor, producer, and director has brought her wealth.

Before winning the part of a lifetime as Laverne DeFazio on the 1970s sitcom Laverne & Shirley, she had a succession of modest television parts. The show’s creator and occasional writer was revealed to be her brother, Garry Marshall, and also included Penny.

Both featured single roommates who were bottle-cappers at the fictional Shotz Brewery in Milwaukee. Happy Days, a well-known sitcom from the 1970s, introduced the characters for the first time.

The actress has a successful career as a director and has starred in hit movies including Big. Her early television credits included appearances on sitcoms including The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Odd Couple. Penny Marshall has proven herself to be a multi-talented person by showcasing her acting, production, and directing skills. Her career reached a turning point in the 1970s, catapulting her to fame.

Her friend Carrie Fisher, who is best known for playing Princess Leia in Star Wars, has said that she stayed at her side throughout her four-year struggle with cancer.

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