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Tim O Neill
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Posted: 19 December 2018 at 6:57pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply


She was wonderful on LAVERNE & SHIRLEY - those first few seasons hold up really well.  I’ve been revisiting the show in the last few years, Marshall’s delivery is excellent.  Laverne was such a great character, from the big “L” on her shit, to milk and Pepsi (her favorite drink), to the relentless search for “vo-dee-oh-doh”

To make the switch to directing is quite an accomplishment.  I had not heard how she got her first movie, JUMPN’ JACK FLASH, until this week.  She joined at the last minute and was really thrown into the deep end.  BIG is my favorite of hers - what a great movie.  

I really love sitcoms, and I’ve been thinking lately about how writers and actors from sitcoms made the jump to film.  Ron Howard is a big example, but I started down this road thinking MichaelJ. Fox and Christopher Lloyd were largely known as TV stars when BACK TO THE FUTURE was released.  I would think their experiences in front of live audiences trying to get laughs sharpened their talents.  

Penny Marshall had such extensive experience bringing stories to life on a weekly basis that I wonder if it helped her be such a a great director right out of the gate.





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And coincidentally, I had been thinking of the show earlier this week as I saw Michael McKean while out at lunch on Monday.  I considered approaching him to thank him for his work, but he was reading while eating alone and my instinct told me it would be intrusive to interrupt.



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Posted: 19 December 2018 at 7:22pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I do love milk and Pepsi. 
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I've been watching Entourage and was just knocked sideways by a cameo of her's I wasn't expecting. I really enjoyed seeing her whenever she'd pop up. My favorite actress is Paula Marshall and my friend Laura has said she can't hear me talk about her without picturing Penny Marshall instead. That does make for an odd casting switch in more than a few roles...

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Posted: 20 December 2018 at 4:41pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I used to watch Laverne & Shirley pretty regularly, so many great comedic characters on it, but Penny was arguably the anchor among them all. I related to the awkward aspects, she seemed very human. The only other show that compared at the time was Rhoda really.
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I didn't really like Laverne & Shirley even though I was a big Happy Days fan, well at least the first few seasons when they shot on film and actually paid tribute to the 1950s. My favorite Penny Marshall were her turn as Oscar Madison's secretary, Myrna; her love of baseball, including of course A League of Their Own and Big. A very talented person.
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Sad to hear about this. I enjoyed Laverne & Shirley way back in my youth, and I admired Penny Marshall for making the transition into directing. She was way too young at 75 to have left this mortal coil.

Makes me want to listen to Lenny and The Squigtone to take a walk down memory lane :-)  Rest in peace.

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Posted: 28 December 2018 at 7:14pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Read this article last night and thought a few folks here might enjoy it. I found it amusing how no one in Eqypt recognized Carrie Fisher or Paul Simon but everyone knew who "Laverne" was. 

https://jezebel.com/girls-on-wheels-penny-marshall-and-carri e-fisher-forev-1831256924
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Shane, that was the best thing I've read, celebrity-wise, in quite some time. Thanks for sharing that.

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No problem, Brian. Glad you enjoyed it!
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