Penny Marshall is no small name in Hollywood. She began her acting career with supporting roles in numerous television shows, among them The Odd Couple and Mary Tyler Moore. In 1976 she won the lead role of Laverne in the sitcom Laverne & Shirley, which ran until 1983, and for which she was nominated three times for a Golden Globe award.
She went on to direct feature films. Her second film Big, in 1988, became the first film directed by a female to gross over $100 million. She directed Awakenings in 1990, which was nominated for an Academy Award for best picture, A League of Our Own in 1992, and The Preacher’s Wife in 1996.