Director Penny Marshall died on Monday night at the age of 75, Variety said.
She was one of the most successful filmmakers in Hollywood: she was the first to direct a movie that grossed more than $ 100 million at the box office and also the first to make two on that list.
The two films had in common Tom Hanks: "Big" made him a big movie star in 1988 and "Women's League" in 1992, put his career back on track after several commercial failures.
In the meantime, he made "Awakenings" (1990), directing Robert De Niro and Robin Williams, who had not been so successful, got another achievement in an era when Kathryn Bigelow's historic victory with "War State" in 2009 ) was the second woman to have a job nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture (following Randa Haines, which she achieved with "Children of a Lesser God" in 1986).
Penny Marshall began as an actress and had a great success with "Laverne & Shirley" (1976-1983), series co-created by brother Garry Marshall (pictured above), the future director of "Pretty Woman" (deceased in 2016) where he began to perform some episodes. She was married to actor / director Rob Reiner between 1971 and 1979,
Still with little experience behind the scenes, he made his film debut replacing Howard Zieff at the head of the comedy "A Woman of the Devil" (1986), with Whoopi Goldberg, which was a reasonable blockbuster.
"Big" (1988), "Despertares" (1990) and "Women's League" (1992) followed, but the acclaim phase ended the commercial and artistic failure of "Right, Back" (1994), where Danny De Vito was an involuntary instructor of the American Army.
His next films were "Spirit of Desire" (1996), a remake of a 1947 film with Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston, and "The Boys of My Life" (2001) with Drew Barrymore, both box office failures.
From then on she only made a few episodes for television and the telefilm "Women Without Men" (2010), as well as some symbolic appearances in front of the cameras like … Penny Marshall.
In addition to being a pioneer as a successful filmmaker within the Hollywood industry, she has also produced some films, notably "Cinderella Man" (2005) and "Casei with a Witch", both from 2005.