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My #WCW – Penny Marshall

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I have admired such a wide variety of women throughout my life that I do not always consciously think of all of them, particularly the ones I have admired since I was a little girl.  I was reminded of my admiration for Penny Marshall when I read of her death yesterday.

I never remember a time in my life when Penny Marshall was not there on my TV screen.  Laverne and Shirley was one of my favorite shows when I was younger (and still is).  I admired her spunky, spirited portrayal of Laverne.  Laverne was the type of character that inspired me to be braver and stand up for myself and others.

I have always had a desire to make movies, so I deeply appreciate the ground Ms. Marshall broke as a female director.  She was the first woman to direct a movie that grossed over $100 million (Big starring Tom Hanks).

I am very saddened by the loss of Ms. Marshall.  She was a person that was always part of my existence.  Today, I celebrate and appreciate all that she brought to the world and the laughs and inspiration that she brought into my life.


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