Madonna Remembers Penny Marshall: 'Your Talent Was as Big as Your Heart'

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Penny Marshall poses for a portrait in 1979 in Los Angeles.  

Madonna has paid tribute to Penny Marshall, the trailblazing filmmaker who directed the Queen of Pop in A League Of Their Own

The pair bonded while shooting the popular 1992 baseball drama, for which Madonna wrote and performed the end credits song "This Used to Be My Playground." The song hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and garnered Madonna a Golden Globe nomination for best original song.

“Lucky to have known you and worked with you Penny Marshall,” Madonna writes in an Instagram post. “Your Talent was as BIG as your Heart! And you were a Trailblazer for Women In Hollywood. GOD BLESS you and your family! 

The message is accompanied with a photo of the pair looking relaxed on set, with Madonna in full costume as her feisty character Mae Mordabito.  

  

Marshall, who starred with Cindy Williams in the ABC sitcom Laverne & Shirley, and went on to direct Big, A League Of Their Own and other films, died Tuesday (Dec. 18) from diabetes complications at age 75. She made history with Big, by becoming the first female to direct a movie that grossed over $100 million.   

Read Madonna’s Instagram below.