1-rated show, which was, according to Marshall, "great for my career, not so great for my marriage." It happened that the show "Laverne & Shirley" pushed from the top spot was ...
"All in the Family." "Laverne & Shirley's" success turned out to be a mixed bag in more ways than one.
Penny Marshall, most famous as the Pepsi- and milk-swigging half of "Laverne & Shirley," reveals in her new memoir, "My Mother Was Nuts," that her life off-camera has been just as crazy as anything that viewers saw on the screen.
Marshall's book reads like a Who's Who of pop culture's major players in the last half of the 20th century.
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Carole Penny Marshall October 15, 1943Grand Concourse, The Bronx, New York5'6"Walton High School, University of New Mexico (dropped out)Single Married to Michael "Mickey" Henry from 1961-1964; Married to Rob Reiner from 1971-1981Marjorie Irene Marshall (mother); Anthony "Tony" Masciarelli (father); Garry Marshall (brother); Ronny Hallin (sister); Tracy Reiner (daugther)My Mother Was Nuts Playing Laverne De Fazio on Laverne & Shirley Big, Awakening, A League of Their Own First female to direct a movie that grossed over 100 million dollars in the US, with Big (1988).
Sand played Robert Dreyfuss, a nebbishy musician with the Boston Symphony, and Penny Marshall played his sister-in-law, Janice.
Mark Rothman and Lowell Ganz wrote an episode for the show that featured Robert, who is somewhat shy and awkward, trying to pick up women in a supermarket.
In her pre-fame days, Marshall quickly learned she didn't fit the Hollywood stereotype when she co-starred in a Head & Shoulders shampoo commercial with a then-unknown blonde named Farrah Fawcett.
These elaborate parties had a brand of their own with funny women Fisher and Marshall at the helm.
Upon reflection of those early years, Marshall wrote that Fisher, who often provided running commentary on everything from books and movies to growing up with Debbie Reynolds in Hollywood, “was a one-woman show 35 years before she did one.”Unsurprisingly, these two pals took their friendship far beyond their annual celebrations; Fisher even showed up as a guest star on Marshall’s sitcom, , portraying a Playboy bunny.
Though an unhappy Williams ended up leaving the show before it ended, Marshall said that after two decades of silence they've finally patched things up: "I just talked to her last night!
" Though she'll always be Laverne De Fazio to those who grew up on her series' "I Love Lucy"-esque shenanigans, Marshall went on to become a successful director.