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Penny Marshall: Hollywood’s Eternal Legend

Penny Marshall (right) and Cindy Williams from the hit show Laverne and Shirley. Image: (c). 1976, 2018, ABC; Publicity still from American Broadcasting Corporation for January 27, 1976. Source: WikiCommons.

Actress / Comedian 

An outstanding actress and comedian, Penny Marshall filled America’s hearts with love and laughter for decades starring and appearing on shows including; Happy Days, Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mork & Mindy, Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers, Saturday Night Live, The Jackie Gleason Show, The Bob Newhart Show, Frasier, Dinah! The Odd Couple, Laverne and Shirley, and many more.

Producer / Director 

Penny Marshall later become one of the greatest producers and directors of our time, with films including; Cinderella Man, Riding in Cars with Boys, Bewitched, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, and many others.

World Record Holder: Big

In 1988, Penny Marshall directed Tom Hanks in the motion picture “Big,” which went on to gross over 152 million dollars with a reported 18 million dollar budget, making her the first female director in the world to gross over 100 million dollars with a major motion picture.

Groundbreaker: A League of Their Own 

Just four years later in 1992, Penny Marshall directed Tom Hanks again in a film with an all female ensemble including her daughter; actress, writer, producer, and director Tracy Reiner, as well as Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, Lori Petty, Anne Cusak, Bitty Schram, Lynn Cartwright, Anne Ramsay, and more, in the hit film “A League of Their Own.” This film again broke the 100 million dollar barrier, became a cult classic, and went on to influence the world, leading the cause and serving as the empowering call to help champion the long overdue need for the formation of women’s baseball teams throughout the world.

Born on October 15, 1943 in The Bronx, New York as Carole Penny Masciarelli; Penny Marshall married Michael Henry, and later actor, writer, director, producer, and political activist Rob Reiner.  Her brother; writer, producer, director Gary Marshall, passed on in 2016.

Forever Remembered 

Known for her great sense of humor, hard work ethic, love of Hollywood and sports, and love of family and friends, Penny Marshall will forever be remembered as not only one of the greatest comic actresses, producers, and directors of our time, but also as one of the most groundbreaking female leaders on the planet. Penny was a woman who changed and shaped history, proving to young girls around the world that not only can they too dream, but that they achieve what it is out they set out to accomplish.

Widely respected throughout Hollywood for her cultural achievements, Penny Marshall and her family have been responsible for some of the most memorable, iconic moments in filmmaking of all time.  Positively impacting the world of sports, and women’s equality in all areas, Penny Marshall lit and carried the torch for women around the world to not only be funny–but to be brave, and to change history by making it.  And make history Penny Marshall did.

Today, her daughter Tracy Reiner–who were very close, carries on that legacy from her mother.  In addition to heading her own feature film production company, Tracy Reiner serves as President of the historic Hollywood Women’s Club. Penny Marshall is also survived by her sister; actress Ronny Hallin, and five grandchildren.

As the first female producer and director on the planet to break the 100 million mark with “Big,” Penny brought laughter and tears to audiences around the world. With her role as Laverne DeFazio in the legendary TV sitcom Laverne & Shirley,” Penny gave a face to the woman next door, and an example for women to stand up, and stand strong. And with her trailblazing, iconic film “A League of Their Own,” Penny Marshall helped make what was once a man’s world and a man’s business of movie-making and baseball, a little more female. She will forever be remembered.

–By Bruce Edwin

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Giraffes In Danger!

Photo by Tanya Sanerib, Center for Biological Diversity. Used with kind courtesy.

Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Failure to Protect Giraffes

Conservation groups today sued the Trump administration for failing to consider protections for Africa’s rapidly dwindling giraffe population under the Endangered Species Act.

Today’s lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington, D.C, comes weeks after the International Union for the Conservation of Nature updated its assessment of Africa’s giraffes, reaffirming the species is “vulnerable” to extinction and classifying two subspecies as “critically endangered.”

The suit challenges the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s refusal to act on an April 2017 petition seeking Endangered Species Act protection for giraffes. The agency was required to respond within 90 days, but 19 months have passed without action.

“Giraffes capture our imaginations from childhood on, but many people don’t realize how few are left in the wild,” said Tanya Sanerib, international legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Instead of throwing these unique animals a lifeline under the Endangered Species Act, Trump officials are twiddling their thumbs. Trump will be to blame if future generations know giraffes only as toys and not the long-necked icons of Africa.”

Fewer than 100,000 giraffes remain in the wild, and the population dropped nearly 40 percent over the past three decades. The species is gravely imperiled by habitat loss, civil unrest, and illegal hunting for meat, and is also threatened by the international trade in bone carvings, skins and trophies.

Anna Frostic, managing wildlife attorney for the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, said: “The United States cannot stand idly by and allow thousands of U.S. imports of giraffe parts every year without any regulation while these animals are on a path to extinction. It is time that the United States stands tall for giraffes and gives this at-risk species the protection that it urgently needs.”

Endangered Species Act protection would help track and curb imports of giraffe bones, trophies and other parts and increase funding for conservation efforts in Africa. On average the United States imports more than one giraffe hunting trophy a day, and the country imported more than 21,400 giraffe-bone carvings between 2006 and 2015.

 “Giraffes are headed toward extinction, in part due to our country’s importation of giraffe parts and trophies. It’s shameful — though unsurprising — that the Interior Department has refused to protect them under the Endangered Species Act and I hope the courts will agree.” –Elly Pepper, deputy director of NRDC’s Wildlife Trade Initiative

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., by the Center for Biological Diversity, Humane Society International, Humane Society of the United States and Natural Resources Defense Council.

NRDC works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. We combine the power of more than two million members and online activists with the expertise of some 500 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.

This content is provided as a public service announcement to the readers of Hollywood Sentinel, courtesy of the NRDC, 2018, all rights reserved. 

How to Be Fearless in Hollywood

Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom. ©2018, Disney. All rights reserved.

How to Succeed In Hollywood 

The following article is a part of the free, ongoing series by talent manager and producer Bruce Edwin on how to find success in Hollywood in all areas, from a healthy perspective. You can explore all of the other articles in the series under the Table of Contents tab to the left of this page on your laptop or desktop computer, or below, on your smart phone.

You can also read the Archives section at the Archives news site of If there is a question you don’t find answered here, you are invited to contact the office of Bruce Edwin at 310-226-7176. You and your question “might” even be published for the world to hear and see, with an answer.   

Lessons for Success in Hollywood:

One of the biggest mistakes I see people make again and again in pursuing their career in Hollywood, is having a loser, wimpy attitude.

1, Don’t Over-Communicate.

If an agent, manager, producer, casting director, producer, etc. asks you a question, answer the question, and nothing else. Don’t sound impersonal or like a robot, but don’t ramble and make the other party start daydreaming and wonder when you are going to shut up.

2, Don’t Under-Communicate

If someone asks you a series of open-ended questions, don’t let all your answers be yes or no. Show some personality and life. Use this as a chance to build a rapport, compliment the other person, and sell your skills and talent.

3, Don’t Miscommunicate

Be accurate with your word and what you state! If you say you are going to do something or can do something, do it! Read if you have not, a great book called ‘The Four Agreements’, which is a great book to teach you how to help build, strengthen, and maintain good character and integrity.

4, Assume what you want!

I see so many people fail, because they ask, instead of assume. If I wanted to talk with you, would I find your email, and then get up the nerve to email you and ask in an email if you might maybe possibly be a little bit interested sometime one day in maybe talking with me?  Would I sound like a loser?! Yes!

What I would do instead, would be to read up on you, find something in common, find your number, and call you, and explain to you tactfully in about 15 seconds why you are lucky to be talking with me.

5. Be Fearless!

Hollywood not for the timid. If you are meek and shy, reconsider working in an industry that requires you be tough, bold, and audacious. Until you master those traits, consider another field. You can’t be afraid of rejection. You can’t be afraid of a cold call. You can’t be afraid of an open call or a cold read. You can’t be shy in front of a crowd.

6. Don’t Listen to Critics or Haters 

These things seem obvious, but you would be surprised how many people I have seen that think they are going to be a famous actor or model, but that are as shy as can be, uncomfortable talking with people, and shudder at the thought of rejection. Certainly, I have seen such people succeed, but they are miserable! Be fearless, and confident in who you are. As my friend Dr. Terry Cole Whittaker states in the title of her book, “What you Think of Me is None of My Business!” 

Unless it supports and reinforces you, or unless you use it to improve your craft and make yourself stronger and better, don’t worry about what others think of you.  Behind most critics is a person secretly wanting to have the guts to try and do what you do. 

7. Get Physical! 

A good way to get fearless in an area emotionally, is to do something really strenuous, difficult, or even a little bit dangerous physically, such as boxing, skiing, diving, etc. Work yourself up into a sweat, and get proficient in the sport or physical activity. When you then think about or go back to confront the mental and emotional task such as audition, or a meeting, you will find that it is really nothing, and so easy compared to what you have just done. 

This is one of the many reasons why physical exercise daily, is so important. In addition to boosting your self esteem, and putting things in better perspective, you will feel better in all other areas, and contribute beneficially to every area of improving your health, and your life. 

8. Get Trained 

Get educated in your craft, study and train with the best, train daily until you are a master in your area, and become fearless. Never give up, and never let someone else’s opinion of you define who you are.

If you are an actor, study acting, the greats from the classical days of Hollywood, and find the best coach to train with today. 

If you are a model, you don’t need a modeling school, but you do need great photos, and you need to know how to pose. A dance and acting class would be a good idea.

If you are a musician, get in a great music school or find a great tutor, who plays even better than you, that you can learn from.

If you are a singer, get a great vocal coach, even if you think you are on key. Find and work with the best. 

9. Be Yourself, and Become Great! 

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