Besides appearing in a shampoo commercial, Penny also made guest appearances on her brother’s other show, “The Odd Couple.” It’s where she learned to do sitcom comedy.
So maybe it’s not so surprising that the girls’ garden apartment is a remodel of “The Odd Couple’s” pad. With different color and style schemes, you have to look closely to notice it’s the exact same studio.
Some Cast Members Admitted to Swollen Egos
Reports of Penny and Cindy behind-the-scenes are not pretty, to be sure. But some of the cast admitted that overnight stardom went to their heads. David Lander, in particular, was a bit of a menace on set. He is quoted saying, “Yeah, I threw a script ever so often, and that got sort of well known. was very young, and I was furious.”
Later he came out with a tell-all no one expected. It was titled "Fall Down Laughing: How Squiggy Caught Multiple Sclerosis and Didn’t Tell Nobody" (2000). He revealed his struggle with the disease first diagnosed in 1984.
The Lenny & Squiggy Spin-Off
This was another spin-off that almost happened. They taped a pilot, but, for some reason, network execs didn’t run with it. Comedian Andy Daly shared the deets on Twitter in 2018.
Daly said, “I met the head writer of Laverne & Shirley once and asked him why there was never a Lenny & Squiggy spin-off. He said they made a pilot, 'Lenny & Squiggy in the Army,' but ABC didn’t pick it up."
Joe Pesci Lived at Penny’s for 3 Years
According to Marshall’s memoir, "My Mother was Nuts," Joe Pesci lived at her Hollywood Hills home for three years in the 1980s. She said her niece also lived there. One morning she was shocked to find ballet legend Mikhail Baryshnikov breakfasting with Pesci in the kitchen.
Penny hosted a post-Oscar party at her Hollywood mansion the year "Goodfellas" came out. The movie got plenty of nominations, but only Pesci won. She said she knew she was going to be entertaining a lot of depressed Italians that evening.
Like the opening credits routine, Pepsi milk is another thing that came from Penny’s childhood. Laverne called it her favorite beverage. She brought it on the show because she knew it would get a reaction. Mostly, “Ewww!” As a kid, Lavene’s mother would make her drink a glass of milk before having soda.
Always a smarty-pants, Penny began mixing the two. Her method was simple. Before finishing her glass of milk, she would pour in some Pepsi. And that’s the story.