Rosie O’Donnell took to Twitter to share an old commercial she did with Marshall for K-Mart and expressing how “heartbroken” she felt.
Glee star Jane Lynch seemed to be in disbelief, sharing an article about Marshall’s death and simply writing “No.” She then retweeted a scene from A League of Their Own, one of many film favorites directed by Marshall.
“Simply heartbroken #ripPENNY,” the 56-year-old actress wrote.
Busy Philipps, Sean Astin and Thora Birch also expressed their sadness on Twitter.
“Oh Penny Marshal,” Philipps wrote. “Rest In Peace and thank you for everything..”
“I got to stay up late-after Happy Days-2 watch Laverne & Shirley,” Astin shared. “So sad 2 learn that Penny Marshall has passed. Sitting on a sit-com set 40 years later, thinking about milk & pepsi, rodeo-doh-doh-doh & so many of her brilliant moments. Love to her family, friends & our town...”
“So heartbreaking,” Birch agreed. “But, I’ll bet Garry and Penny are probably raising hell up there in the great beyond once again. We’ll always miss you both and keep replaying the laughs!! ."
Tom Hanks, who starred in A League of Their Own, also posted a sweet tribute.
I got to stay up late-after Happy Days-2 watch Laverne & Shirley. So sad 2 learn that Penny Marshall has passed. Sitting on a sit-com set 40 years later, thinking about milk & pepsi, rodeo-doh-doh-doh & so many of her brilliant moments. Love to her family, friends & our town... pic.twitter.com/imFiGVSw3T
Penny Marshall: Laverne & Shirley’ Star Dies at 75. So heartbreaking. But, I’ll bet Gary and Penny are probably raising hell up there in the great beyond once again. We’ll always miss you both and keep replaying the laughs!! ❤️😓 https://t.co/SYEzeKquq4
Marshall’s goddaughter, Billie Lourd, posted a sweet throwback snap of her mom, late actress Carrie Fisher, with Marshall, while Happy Days co-star Ron Howard said he felt lucky to have worked with Marshall.
"#RIPPennyMarshall. She was funny & so smart," Howard wrote. "She made the transition from sitcom star to A List movie director with ease & had a major impact on both mediums. All that & always relaxed, funny & totally unpretentious. I was lucky to have known & worked with her."
Another Happy Days co-star, Henry Winkler, released a statement sharing his condolences.
"I first met Penny one month after having arriving here in LA," Winkler said. "I was a guest star on a TV pilot she was working on. The next time we worked together was on that iconic episode of 'Happy Days.' She was so inventive, so funny and so warm. She brought her own unique brand of humor to what was on the written page. Watching her playing Laverne, I remember thinking, 'Wow, she has just created the 20th Century Lucille Ball.'"
#RIPPennyMarshall She was funny & so smart. She made the transition from sitcom star to A List movie director with ease & had a major impact on both mediums. All that & always relaxed, funny & totally unpretentious. I was lucky to have known & worked with her. https://t.co/pf2kfIkCH4
Russell Crowe revealed he had just held an award once presented to him by Marshall on Monday, the day that she died.
“Yesterday I held a Golden Gloves award from the 1930’s, given to me by Penny Marshall,” he tweeted. “Hadn’t seen it in years. Then today’s news ... Penny told me the story of Jim Braddock, which became the movie Cinderella Man. She was kind, she was crazy, so talented and she loved movies. RIP.”
Yesterday I held a Golden Gloves award from the 1930’s, given to me by Penny Marshall. Hadn’t seen it in years. Then today’s news... Penny told me the story of Jim Braddock, which became the movie Cinderella Man. She was kind, she was crazy,so talented and she loved movies. RIP
In a statement released to ET, Robert De Niro said, "Penny will be missed. May she Rest in Peace."
Dennis Rodman's team also released a statement on behalf of the athlete.
“Dennis is sad to hear of Penny’s passing and will always think of the friendship and many great memories he had with her. He’s happy she is no longer suffering," the statement said.
Melissa Joan Hart, meanwhile, paid tribute to what a significant role model Marshall was for female comedians.
“Heartbroken to learn that #PennyMarshall has passed away!! 💔,” the actress wrote alongside a throwback photo of Marshall on Instagram. “The Marshall family holds a special place in my heart for being so kind and creative and encouraging to other artists. But she was a special role model for female comedians like myself. #RIP #ThankYou.”
Penny Marshall &I made Jumping Jack Flash together & the 1st film she directed & the second film i was ever in.We laughed, we yelled & for her i was a little black woman in a big silver box”being dragged thru the streets of LA. My condolences to Tracy &family RIP Penny Marshall
The Marshall family grieves again as the great #PennyMarshall dies at age 75. What an extraordinary family they were and continue to be, and how much love and sympathy my family and I send their way. The end of an era.
Farewell to the lady I imitated as a kid before becoming her neighbor years later, legendary sitcom star and BIG director Penny Marshall. I got to tell Penny that LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN is one of my favorite films when we recorded 4 epic podasts at my house: https://t.co/h7HU9poX7Dhttps://t.co/B7qorn7ZAj
Penny Marshall was a sweet woman. I was very fortunate to spend time with her. So many laughs. She had a heart of gold. Tough as nails. She could play round ball with the best of them. Always All love, D
Penny Marshall was one of the most important trailblazers. Her comedic talents brought success & fame, but she truly broke the mold w her directing- Big, Awakenings, A League of Their Own- becoming the first woman to direct a movie that grossed $100+ mil. 🙏 Rest in love, PM ❤️🌥
Rest In Peace Penny Marshall. Thank you so much for all the joy and laughter that you brought into this world. Your comedic talent and gift for directing have forever inspired me. With love and forever appreciation. ❤️
#RIP Penny Marshall! She was a super talented pioneer who broke glass ceilings for women in Hollywood, and one of the most down to earth people I’ve ever encountered in the entertainment biz. And hands down the biggest Clippers fan ever! Condolences to her family and friends🙏🏾🙏🏾
Aw, nuts. Penny Marshall directed "A League of Their Own," which is one of the best baseball films ever, full stop. And "Big," the best body-switch movie ever, again, full stop. What a talent.https://t.co/eaGUDtBFYv
I always loved this picture because it was my way of emulating the great Penny Marshall. I’m sad to read she has passed. Director, producer and actress who had the humor, wit and fortitude to stand equally with the boys in Hollywood. Goodbye Penny, we will miss you. RIP pic.twitter.com/gqa9w3TEOh
She was an incredible artist. Met her when I was a broke young actor. She gave me her court side seats to a Clippers game. "Here, I can't watch them lose anymore." I felt like such a big shot with my friends that night sitting in Penny Marshall's seats watching the Clippers lose. https://t.co/ndTWYQnYQA
“I’m terribly sad to hear the news about Penny passing. My heart goes out to Tracy Reiner and her family. Penny brought so much joy to so many and will be sorely missed. I will be forever grateful to her for letting me be a part of A League of Their Own.” Geena Davis
I loved Penny. I grew up with her. She was born with a great gift. She was born with a funnybone and the instinct of how to use it. I was very lucky to have lived with her and her funnybone. I will miss her.
So saddened by Penny Marshall's passing. Her work entertained us for years — what a remarkable woman! One thing I'll always remember about Penny — & maybe some people don't know this — she had one of the best sports memorabilia collections I've ever seen. RIP, Penny Marshall.
God Bless Penny Marshall's extraordinary soul. Beyond doubt she was able to excel at anything she put her world class mind & heart to and, lucky us, she picked comedy and films which celebrated humans. To many of us lost ones she was, at the time, the world's greatest den mother.