Comedian Actor Writer Host Big Mouth

Penny Marshall gave girls like me permission to dream

By Judy Gold

At the start of my freshman year of high school, a new show came on the air. It was about two single women living together, working at Shotz Brewery in Milwaukee and doin’ it their way. And the show’s ubiquitous theme song had people all over America speaking Yiddish!
Give us any chance — we’ll take it. Read us any rule, we’ll break it went the lyrics of the show’s theme song.
These women, Laverne and Shirley, were fearless. Finally, here on television were people I could relate to.