Smart Cover Remembers Penny Marshall

We lost a Hollywood legend and a pioneer in the film industry when Penny Marshall died this past week. Most of the world remembers Penny Marshall as one half of the iconic sitcom duo Laverne & Shirley, with Marshall playing Laverne DeFazio, of course. Alongside costar Cindy Williams playing Shirley Feeney, Marshall won America over with her sassy attitude and signature monogrammed sweaters.

Smart Cover Remembers Penny Marshall

Garry Marshall, Penny’s older brother, co-created The Odd Couple, a television series adapted from the play. He cast her as Myrna Turner and she quickly became a fan favorite. However, the real magic happened on the Garry Marshall series Happy Days, where Penny Marshall was paired with Cindy Williams. They played Fonzie and Richie’s blind dates, Laverne and Shirley, in an episode so hilarious that they eventually got their own eponymous spinoff.

The younger generation, born well after Laverne & Shirley went off the air, likely remembers Penny Marshall as an accomplished film director. In an industry dominated by men even to this day, Marshall was an anomaly. She directed hugely successful films, including Big, The Preacher’s Wife and A League of Their Own. The latter was a beautiful paean to a unique moment in history when women had an opportunity to show what kind of magic they were capable of making, even in the hardest circumstances. The message of the film is itself a wonderful metaphor for Penny Marshall’s career.

Marshall’s Laverne DeFazio was the ultimate best friend and girl next door, like many of our most loyal Smart Cover customers. The next time you put on Smart Cover Camouflage Crème or apply the Two-in-One Glowstick to your lips and cheeks before heading out for a misadventure with your bestie, give a little shout-out to Laverne… and maybe throw on a monogrammed sweater!