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December 19, 2018


NEW YORK (AP) — In many ways, some would say there’s still a glass ceiling in Hollywood. But even if that is so, during her career Penny Marshall put more than a few cracks in the ceiling. After her life as a co-star of “Laverne & Shirley,” she became the most successful female directors of her era — and with her first hit, “Big,” she became the first woman to direct a movie that made $100 million. Marshall also directed “A League of their Own,” which also earned $100 million — and produced the iconic line, “There’s no crying in baseball!” Her success has been cited as an inspiration by two of today’s trailblazers, the first black woman to direct a $100 million movie and the first black woman to win an Emmy for best actress in a drama. Ava Duvernay went on Twitter to thank Marshall saying, “For the trails you blazed. The laughs you gave. The hearts you warmed.” Viola Davis said she was “grateful” to have worked with Marshall adding, “Rest well you great Broad!!!”

Penny Marshall died Monday night from complications from diabetes. She was 75.



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LOS ANGELES (AP) — She’ll be forever remembered as an actress and director. But to sports fans, Penny Marshall will also be remembered as a huge basketball fan. She was a regular at courtside for Los Angeles Lakers games. And she was no slouch off the court, according to Danny DeVito. The actor writes on Twitter that Marshall was “tough as nails” and could “play round ball with the best of them.” Marshall would also be courtside for Los Angeles Clippers games, even when the team struggled. The NBA team issued a statement noting she made nearly every home game and was “a passionate member of Clipper Nation.” But passion can only go far sometimes. Actor Alan Tudyk recalls on Twitter that he met Marshall when he was a broke young actor — and she gave him her courtside tickets for a Clippers game, saying, “Here, I can’t watch them lose anymore.”


LOS ANGELES (AP) — A sampling of celebrity reactions to the death of actress-director Penny Marshall, who died Monday at 75.


“I loved Penny. I grew up with her. She was born with a great gift. She was born with a funnybone and the instinct of how to use it. I was very lucky to have lived with her and her funnybone. I will miss her.” — Rob Reiner, who was married to Marshall from 1971 to 1981, via Twitter.

“Goodbye, Penny. Man, did we laugh a lot! Wish we still could. Love you. Hanx.” — Tom Hanks on Twitter.

“She was funny & so smart. She made the transition from sitcom star to A List movie director with ease & had a major impact on both mediums. All that & always relaxed, funny & totally unpretentious. I was lucky to have known & worked with her.” — Ron Howard on Twitter.

“Thank you, Penny Marshall. For the trails you blazed. The laughs you gave. The hearts you warmed.” — Ava Duvernay, via Twitter.

“I first met Penny one month after having arriving here in LA. I was a guest star on a TV pilot she was working on. The next time we worked together was on that iconic episode of ‘Happy Days.’ She was so inventive, so funny and so warm. She brought her own unique brand of humor to what was on the written page.” — Henry Winkler, in an emailed statement.

“Thank you for what you contributed to us girls. Grateful to have worked with you. Rest well you great Broad!!!” — Viola Davis on Twitter.

“Penny will be missed. May she Rest in Peace.” — Robert De Niro, via emailed statement.

“I grew up wanting to be as funny as Penny Marshall, and had the pleasure of meeting her a few times. Watch some old Laverne and Shirley to see why her brother Garry insisted on casting her. Comedy gold, she was.” — “Big Bang Theory” actress Mayim Bialik, via Twitter.

“What an inspiring woman #PennyMarshall was. Funny, talented, kind and giving. Penny was so supportive of my career from the very beginning and I will always be so grateful. A wonderful actress, producer and director. She will be missed by so many.” — Reese Witherspoon on Instagram.

“Sad to hear of Penny Marshall’s passing. a great comedienne a terrific director and a dear friend.” — Billy Crystal, via Twitter.

“Such a wonderful, funny and talented lady. Without her support and encouragement, I would not be where I am today. She will be missed.” — Mark Wahlberg on Twitter.

“The Marshall family grieves again as the great #PennyMarshall dies at age 75. What an extraordinary family they were and continue to be, and how much love and sympathy my family and I send their way. The end of an era.” — Bette Midler on Twitter. Marshall’s brother, “Pretty Woman” director Garry Marshall, died in 2016.

“I’m sad to read she has passed. Director, producer and actress who had the humor, wit and fortitude to stand equally with the boys in Hollywood. Goodbye Penny, we will miss you. RIP.” — actress Marlee Matlin, who shared a photo on Twitter in which she said she was emulating Marshall.

“Penny Marshall had me audition 6 times for a role and then I didn’t get it. She didn’t know that I would audition for her forever. It was a treat to be in the room. She was glorious.” — Jason Alexander, via Twitter.

“I don’t know what to say.” — Michael McKean, Marshall’s “Laverne & Shirley” co-star, via Twitter.


NEW YORK (AP) — Looks like CBS may keep whatever dirty laundry it has on Les Moonves from being aired in public. In its decision this week to deny Moonves a $120 million severance, the company didn’t say what was in a report that looked into Moonves’ dealings with women at CBS. And the network is offering no sign it will release the report. So far, Moonves hasn’t officially challenged the board’s ruling to deny his exit payment. The report, among other things, says Moonves failed to cooperate with investigators. One expert in employment law says CBS should release the report. Jennifer Drobac of Indiana University says Moonves’ prominence and the effect his misconduct may have had on the company should make it important for CBS to share what it knows.


ATLANTA (AP) — Some advertisers have decided to pull the plug on Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News — and others have decided to stay. But the ultimate success or failure of the efforts to boycott the show will depend on the advertisers who are undecided about supporting Carlson, after he said last week that immigrants make the U.S. “poorer and dirtier.” Among the companies who say they are weighing their options are the drug manufacturer AstraZeneca, Rosland Capital, and two weight-loss companies, Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem. For his part, Carlson says he won’t be cowed into silence, even in the face of an ad boycott.


NEW YORK (AP) —Alice Walker and The New York Times are drawing fire, after the Pulitzer Prize-winning author praised a writer who critics say expresses anti-Semitism and holds conspiracy theories. Walker was in a book column in this week’s Sunday edition. In it, she said David Icke’s book “And The Truth Will Set You Free’ is on her nightstand. But some have criticized Icke, a British author, for his views on Jews and Israel. Walker declined comment through her publicist.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — If John Cena has learned anything from being a pro wrestler, it’s that you can get thrown to the mat many times — and still struggle to get back on your feet. That principle has gotten him through his latest venture — acting. He began his career in the movies with some terrible films in the early 2000s. But in recent years, he’s gotten attention for his work in several roles, including “Trainwreck,” ″Blockers” and “Bumblebee,” which opens Friday. Cena says when it comes to acting, like wrestling, he isn’t afraid to fall on his face. He says his role is to entertain so his “ego lies with the moviegoer.” He says his biggest challenge in movies is getting used to performing without an audience present to provide an immediate reaction.


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — There’s a chance the Miss America Pageant may be leaving Atlantic City, New Jersey. Again. Published reports say the Miss America Organization is putting out feelers to cities around the country to see if any are interested in hosting the competition. The group that puts on the annual pageant had a seal with a casino-development group in Atlantic City — but it fell through. And it’s unclear whether the deal be renewed. The pageant originated in Atlantic City nearly 100 years ago. It moved to Las Vegas in 2006 and returned to New Jersey in 2013.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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