Tributes To Penny Marshall From Ron Howard, Tom Hanks And Hollywood



Many in Hollywood are sharing their memories of Penny Marshall who died on Monday of complications from diabetes. She was 75. Penny had also battled brain and lung cancer back in 2009. Here’s how Ron Howard remembered the legendary star…

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when I was a really little kid, maybe 4 or 5 years old, I already really loved filmmaking- but there were only a small handful of directors I knew by name- and mostly remembered by the way they looked or the popularity their movies commanded. spielberg, with his dopey combover and scruff. scorsese, with his thick black rim spectacles and pitchy, wisetalking iconic voice. george lucas and his neckbeard. directors of massive movies known to be the pinnacle of pop culture cinema. and then, inexplicably, one other- not quentin tarantino or the coen brothers or kubrick- but the imitable director of big and a league of their own- penny marshall. with her comically-low-on-the-nose small gradient sunglasses and her bronxy candor, penny marshall was perhaps one of my favorite directorial personalities growing up. someone I admired and couldn’t believe the repeat-success of her work, with such tonal sweetness and consistency, throughout the early 90s. it wasn’t that she happened to be an ex-TV star from an iconic show (something I wouldn’t learn until years later), or that she was the sister of a more-famous romcom director, or that she was a strong, multitalented, cinematically-commanding female auteur in an era far, far before such was more-easily possible. it’s that she was just, straight-up, a damn fine filmmaker. an instant-classic-maker. and a woman who approached movies with such pitch-perfectly balanced levity and gravity that her work remains oft-praised and even more-frequently replicated by inferior artists. 30 years later. . penny marshall wasn’t just a great example of what a female director can or should be- she was an example of what a great DIRECTOR, period, should aspire to be. she brought out career bests from her actors and helped define some of them entirely. she was the first female director to pull in a $100 million. and she did it all, with humor and class, like it was all no big deal. she was an enormous talent that will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace. #pennymarshall #rip #rippennymarshall #big #aleagueoftheirown #awakenings

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