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Penny Marshall, ‘Big’ director and TV’s ‘Laverne,’ dead at 75

WASHINGTON: Penny Marshall, who played an endearingly graceless character with a thick Bronx accent in US television’s “Laverne & Shirley” before becoming a pioneering film director with hits including “Big” and “A League of Their Own,” has died at 75, her publicist said on Tuesday. Marshall died of complications of diabetes Monday at her home in Hollywood Hills, California, her publicist, Michelle Bega said in a phone interview. Marshall played the unrefined but lovable Laverne DeFazio on “Laverne & Shirley,”…