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Spotlight: Penny Marshall

Actress and director Penny Marshall, best known for her role as Laverne DeFazio on the 1970's hit TV show, "Laverne & Shirley," has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, according to the National Enquirer.

Ms. Marshall, 66, underwent brain surgery at a New York Hospital on Oct. 30, after falling ill on her way to New York. The Bronx native was planning on being in Manhattan to see her favorite baseball team, the Yankees, in the playoffs.

Entertainment Tonight is reporting that Ms. Marshall is "doing fine" after spending a short time in the hospital.

After starring on TV, Ms. Marshall went on to become a successful movie producer and director. Some of the films she directed include "Big," (1988), "Awakenings" (1990), and "A League of Their Own" (1992).

She directed her daughter, Tracy Reiner, whose father is Ms. Marshall's ex-husband, actor and director Rob Reiner, in "A Leauge of Their Own."

By Lauren Wiseman  |  November 5, 2009; 2:25 PM ET
Categories:  Actors, actresses , Lauren Wiseman  
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Isn't it a little in bad taste to run this article in the obituary blog? Unless Ms. Marshall is truly at death's door (and even then, it's a close call), it seems that this info should not be spread among the obits; after all, even Sen. Kennedy, who had the worst sort of brain tumor, lived for a year at least after his diagnosis.

Posted by: NoMad3 | November 6, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Since we are not actually writing obituaries on our blog but about the art of obituary writing, we sometimes include information concerning celebrities and other well-known individuals. It gives us a chance to update our readers on the news we follow.

Posted by: LaurenWiseman | November 9, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

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