How do you think of Penny Marshall? I remember her as Laverne on "Laverne and Shirley," playing the funny, loud, brash Laverne. I wanted to be loud and brash, but, as these things go, I was a Shirley, all type A and buttoned-up. That was probably how most of us who watched TV in the '70s got to know her, as a comedienne on a sitcom.
People who got to know her in the 1980s and '90s will think of her as a film director. "Big" with Tom Hanks. "Awakenings" with Robin Williams. "A League of Their Own" with Geena Davis and Madonna. Those are some major, awards-magnet, box-office topping movies.
Those who do not know Penny Marshall yet will meet her in the book trailer above, portrayed by by -- yipes! -- Fred Armisen. Armisen ("Saturday Night Live," "Portlandia") is a comic genius, if you ask me, but that doesn't mean he always looks pretty in drag. As Penny Marshall? He's -- well, you decide.
Penny Marshall's memoir "My Mother Was Nuts" is being published Sept. 18 by Amazon Publishing.