Marshall, Penny

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Marshall, Penny Gender: F
Carole Penelope Marshall
born on 15 October 1943 at 09:32 (= 09:32 AM )
Place New York, New York, 40n43, 74w0
Timezone EWT h4w (is war time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 21°19' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 17°22 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 18°57'

Penny Marshall : from her autobiography, "My Mother Was Nuts" - natal chart (Placidus)
Penny Marshall : from her autobiography, "My Mother Was Nuts"
natal chart (Placidus)
natal chart English style (Equal houses)
Alternative birthtime
from her autobiography, "My Mother Was Nuts"
Date 15 October 1943 at 09:40 (= 09:40 AM )
Place New York, NY (US), 40n43, 74w0
Timezone EWT h4w (is war time)
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 21°20' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 17°27 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 20°32'

Penny Marshall
photo: Alan Light, license cc-by-2.0


American actress and film director, best known for playing "Laverne" in the popular TV show "Laverne and Shirley," America's No. 1 show in the 1977-1978 season. The first woman director to top $100 million at the box office, she has directed such films as "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Big," "Awakenings," "A League of Their Own" and "The Preacher's Wife."

Marshall was named Carole after the glamorous film comedienne Carole Lombard. Raised in the Bronx, she was the third child after brother Garry and sister Ronny of Tony Marshall, (originally Marscharelli), an industrial filmmaker and his wife Marjorie, a dance teacher who ran a studio for child hoofers in their Bronx apartment house basement.

Marshall was groomed by her mother from her earliest days to be a dancer, but her tomboy tendencies often took precedence over her tap shoes. She reluctantly danced into her teenage years, performing with her mother's troupe on the "Jackie Gleason Show," and Ted Mack's "The Original Amateur Hour," where they won three times. Rejected from a local girl gang because of the braces on her teeth, she hung out with boy gangs instead, cultivated a tough image and becoming, in her words, "the world's worst."

After graduating from Walton High School, she enrolled in the University of New Mexico as a psychology major, where she dropped out in her junior year and married football playing classmate Michael Henry. Their daughter Tracy was born in 1964, after which Marshall worked as a secretary and a dance teacher to provide support as Henry remained a full-time student. The marriage ended in divorce two years later. "We were just too young to be married."

A window of opportunity opened in 1967 when she was cast in the role of Ado Annie in a local production of "Oklahoma!" Becoming hooked on acting, she left Tracy with Henry and moved to Los Angeles. "I didn't want to bring Tracy - being an actress and living on unemployment wasn't cool. But I missed my kid more than anything." After appearing in several commercials, she sent for Tracy to join her. Living one block from her comedy-writing-director brother Garry, she was cast by him in minor roles in "The Odd Couple," "The Bob Newhart Show" and "Happy Days," where she took her role of Laverne DeFazio into her own series, "Laverne and Shirley." The top rated TV series ended in the 1970s after 178 episodes; they returned to the set some 20 years later for "The Laverne and Shirley Reunion," 5/22/1995.

While filming "Laverne and Shirley," Marshall directed several episodes in addition to a TV pilot called "Working Stiffs." Her debut as a film director came unexpectedly in 1985, when, after only ten days of shooting, she was asked to take charge of a troubled Whoopi Goldberg film, "Jumpin Jack Flash." Critics were blasé after its release, but colleagues agreed unanimously it was Marshall who saved the movie. The success of her next film, "Big," starring Tom Hanks, firmly established her as a major commercial director, with continued kudos for "Awakenings" with Robin Williams and Robert De Niro, followed by "A League of their Own," with Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell, a film which Marshall insists was not a feminist statement. "Once I moved to Hollywood I began acting seriously and that prepared me for directing. I developed a good work ethic and I knew I wouldn't fall apart on the job. I have a vision of what I want on film and the stamina to get it."

Marshall made a second marriage to "All In The Family" star Rob Reiner in 1969. They divorced in 1981. She makes her home in Hollywood, CA.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • business associate/partner relationship with Williams, Cindy (born 22 August 1947). Notes: Co-stars on "Laverne & Shirley"
  • spouse relationship with Reiner, Rob (born 6 March 1947). Notes: 1971-1981


  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1964 (Daughter born)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1967 (Play, "Oklahoma!")
  • Relationship : Marriage 1969 (First marriage, Rob Reiner)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 11 November 1975 (Debut appearance as "Laverne DeFazio" on "Happy Days" TV sit-com)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 27 January 1976 (Debut broadcast of TV sit-com "Laverne & Shirley")
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1981 (Rob Reiner)
  • Work : New Career 1985 (Debut as film director)
  • Work : Gain social status May 1995 (Laverne and Shirley reunion)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 22 May 1995 (TV special, "The Laverne and Shirley Reunion")
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Gene Steele quotes her, B.C.

Craft quotes her autobiography, "My Mother Was Nuts", pg. 9, "I was born in St. Vincent's Hospital, on Friday, October 15, 1943, at 9:40 a.m., weighing 7.5 pounds and measuring 12 inches. It was the on day in my life that I was a morning person."


  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Third of three)
  • Family : Childhood : Sibling circumstances (Actor-director Garry Marshall)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Rob Reiner)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (Two)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Twice)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One daughter)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Misfit (Member of boy gangs as kid; tomboy)
  • Vocation : Business : Middle Management (Director)
  • Vocation : Business/Marketing : Advertising (TV commercials)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star ("Laverne and Shirley," others)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Dancer/ Teacher
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women