When Carrie Fisher guest-starred, Hugh Hefner did too, and she and Penny dressed up as Playboy bunnies. That was the start of a friendship that continued until the day each woman died. They were tight, like family. They liked throwing big parties to celebrate birthdays.
The parties were epic with A-lister guests. In Penny’s memoir, “My Mother Was Nuts” (2012), she describes one bash saying, “When you see Shaquille O’Neal and Salman Rushdie waiting for their cars at the end of your driveway, you know things are out of control.”
L&S Received One Emmy Nomination
Of its eight-season run, "Laverne & Shirley" was lucky to receive exactly one Emmy nomination—and that was for a category that no longer exists. In 1979, the show could have won its first Emmy for Outstanding Costume Design for a Series.
The show did not win any Golden Globes either. However, Penny and Cindy received a best actress nomination, and the show was nominated for one best series award.
Cindy Gets a BAFTA Nomination and Misses on Princess Leia
Cindy Williams landed a role in George Lucas’ "American Graffiti," playing Ron Howard’s girlfriend. Her performance earned her a BAFTA nomination for best supporting actress and casting by Francis Ford Coppola in his film "The Conversation ."
Next, George Lucas wanted to cast her as Princess Leia but went with Carrie Fisher. As a film actress, her career stalled around that time, but she was on the writing team to meet Penny Marshall.
Double Dating Simon & Garfunkel
Penny said it was like they double-dated for five years. Carrie Fisher was married to Paul Simon and introduced Art Garfunkel to Penny. Penny and Garfunkel maintained a close friendship, even after he married. The most thrilling moment of Penny’s life, according to her memoir, happened in 1983 when she cajoled Simon and Garfunkel into playing for them.
Not realizing the two musicians had been divided by a bitter rift, she persuaded them to sing together. She said she had been in the dark about “one of the most strained partnerships in pop music history.”
Penny’s First Acting Gig
Most people do not remember that Penny Marshall’s first acting credit was in a shampoo commercial. It was super famous, but not exactly because of her performance. In the Head and Shoulders spot, plain-looking Penny is opposite, Farrah Fawcett, the soon-to-be "Charlie’s Angel's" bombshell, who is showering and asking her roommate if she can borrow some shampoo.
All said, two legendary Hollywood careers were spawned from that ad.