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The beloved star made us laugh on The Odd Couple, Happy Days, and Laverne & Shirley before blazing her own path as a revered director, breaking records and barriers along the way.

“FOR ME IT WAS JUST SOMETHING TO DO,” Penny Marshall said in 1996, reflecting on how she transitioned from acting to directing. “If I failed, I had my excuse: I was an actress, not a director.” It turned out that Marshall—who died peacefully in her Hollywood Hills home on Dec. 17 due to complications from diabetes at the age of 75—needn’t have worried. In 1988, with Big, she became the first woman in Hollywood history to direct

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