15 Quotes by Penny Marshall


Arguably in recent years, there has been a significant improvement in the availability of opportunities for women, particularly in show-business. And that’s how it should be of course. Nevertheless we have to admire those strong and very talented women from previous generations who managed to succeed at their chosen profession, despite a system designed to keep them very much in their place. One such example is the American actress, director and producer Penny Marshall.

She rose to fame in the 1970s for her role in the hit US television sitcom Laverne & Shirley. Playing the role of Laverne DeFazio, she was very funny and she created a character that has proved to be one of the standout comedy characters from the golden age of situation comedy.

Penny Marshall then went on to become a very successful director of films, an area of entertainment still heavily dominated by men to this day.

She’s clearly a very smart lady. So here are 15 quotes by Penny Marshall which reflect her personal philosophy.

  1. I think everyone’s mother is slightly nuts. ~Penny Marshall
  2. My family is well and that’s what’s important. ~Penny Marshall
  3. I want you to laugh and cry. That’s what I do. ~Penny Marshall
  4. I wasn’t like a girly girl. I was a tomboy. ~Penny Marshall
  5. If you’re not having a good time, find something else that gives you some joy in life. ~Penny Marshall
  6. I have a strange combination of fearlessness and massive insecurity. ~Penny Marshall
  7. In my opinion, life’s more important than show business. ~Penny Marshall
  8. When I’m working, I’m obsessively working. ~Penny Marshall
  9. I do feel it’s important to entertain people. I try to. ~Penny Marshall
  10. The truth is that I’m not a frump. I just enjoy being laid back. ~Penny Marshall
  11. I would much rather feel comfortable and feel beautiful, than to feel uncomfortable, but look fantastic. ~Penny Marshall
  12. Once I commit to something, I complete it. If I say ‘No,’ I mean ‘No.’ I just have to learn how to say ‘No’ more. ~Penny Marshall
  13. I’ll try anything. What are they gonna do, kick me out of show business? ~Penny Marshall
  14. Movie stars are insecure like everyone else. That’s why they go into acting! ~Penny Marshall
  15. Look at YouTube, how many talented people there are. It’s a whole new world of how to express yourself. I don’t know how to work that world, but take advantage of it. ~Penny Marshall

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