Penny Marshall
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"Carole Penny Marshall" is an American actress, director, and producer. After playing several small roles for television, she was cast as Laverne DeFazio on the sitcom Laverne & Shirley, which ran from 1976 until 1983, during which Marshall was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy/Golden Globe award for her performance three times.

She progressed to directing films such as Big (film)/Big (1988), the first film directed by a woman to gross in excess of $100 million at the U.S. box office; Awakenings (1990), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture; and A League of Their Own (1992). She produced Cinderella Man (2005) and Bewitched (2005 film)/Bewitched (2005), as well as episodes of According to Jim (2009). She recently directed two episodes of the Showtime (TV network)/Showtime series United States of Tara.

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