Penny Marshall, a TV star of the 1970s who graduated into an A-list movie director working with many big name stars in a series of stand-out movies, has died. Half of TV sitcom duo Laverne & Shirley, which was one of the most-watched shows in the US from 1976 to 1983, she was deemed a comedy genius. As a director, she gave Tom Hanks his breakout lead, worked with Robin Williams and Robert De Niro, Whoopi Goldberg, Madonna, Denzel Washington. Rosie O’Donnell, Whitney Houston.
Born 15 October 1943 9.32 am New York, she had a Libra Sun on the cusp of the 12th trine a difficult Mars Saturn in Gemini in her 8th, sextile Jupiter in Leo. Comedians always have a dark twist in their charts and she certainly had hers – though all channelled through a flamboyant Jupiter. Her Taurus Moon was in an intense square to Pluto and an easy trine to a charming 10th house Venus.
Her Pluto in the communicative 9th was further emphasised being on the focal point of a mini-Grand Trine to Uranus trine Neptune Mercury.
Her relationship life was chequered with two relatively brief marriages. A freedom-loving Uranus in her 7th house of relationships square her Venus would make compromise tricky for her.
Her creative 5th Harmonic was strong; as was her actor’s 15H. Even more notable were her breakthrough-genius 13H and he ‘obsessive dream’ 11H.