Happy 71st Birthday to Penny Marshall! She began acting in commercials in the late 1960s and quickly found small roles in television shows such as That Girl, Love, American Style, and The Bob Newhart Show. She had recurring roles on The Odd Couple, Mary Tyler Moore, and Happy Days before she hit it really big with Laverne & Shirley, which ran from 1976-1983. She directed four episodes of the show before branching out as a film director. Among her hits are Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Big, Awakenings, A League of Their Own, and The Preacher’s Wife.
TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION
What actor/director was Marshall married to from 1971 to 1979?
a) Rob Reiner
b) Ron Howard
c) Dennis Hopper
d) Terry Jones
CLIP OF THE DAY
Watch Marshall as “the plain girl” in a shampoo commercial with “the pretty girl,” played by Farrah Fawcett.
Ah, the classic theme song from Laverne & Shirley…enjoy today’s earworm!
DID YOU KNOW…
Marshall was the first female to direct a movie that grossed over $100 million, and the first to direct two movies that grossed that amount! They were Big in 1988 and A League of Their Own in 1992.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
If you're not having a good time, find something else that gives you some joy in life.
a) Laverne was indeed married to Meathead.