Everything You Don’t Know About “A League Of Their Own”

When Penny Marshall passed away in 2018, she left an incredible legacy behind. As a writer, director, and actress, she was beloved. One of her most memorable movies was A League of Their Own. The comedy is a retelling of the real-life story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Marshall filled the movie’s dugout with stars. From Tom Hanks to Geena Davis to pop icon Madonna, even the smallest roles in the classic film went to big celebs. The movie isn’t about the actors, though. It’s about the amazing women who played baseball at a time they were supposed to be stay at home moms. This is the story of A League of Their Own.

Starting In Television

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Before directing A League of Their Own, Penny Marshall was known as Laverne in Laverne and Shirley. The television comedy paired her with Cindy Williams, playing working class women in Wisconsin. Airing a show about working women in the ’70s was groundbreaking at the time.

The role of Laverne earned Marshall three Golden Globe Awards. Near the end of the show’s run, she began directing episodes and found a new love working behind the camera. When the show ended, Marshall worked quickly to make her first movie, Jumping Jack Flash.