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Penny Marshall (born as Carole Penelope Masciarelli, October 15, 1942) is an American actress, director, and producer. Although she has directed several successful Hollywood films since the mid-1980s (among them Big, Awakenings and A League of Their Own), Marshall is perhaps still best known for her role as the wise-cracking brewery worker Laverne DeFazio in the popular television sitcom Laverne and Shirley (1976-1983).

Marshall was born in The Bronx borough of New York City. She was married to actor and director Rob Reiner from 1971 until 1979 - a period that coincided with the heyday of both of their television sitcom careers (Reiner acted in the role of Mike Stivic in the most-watched American sitcom during the first half of the 1970s, All in the Family).

Penny Marshall is the sister of producer, director, and writer Garry Marshall.

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