After launching her career as Laverne on the popular “Laverne and Shirley,” Marshall moved behind the camera in 1985, directing hit films like “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Big” and “A League of Their Own.” In addition to being named Icon, she will join last year’s recipient Harry Belafonte as an Honorary Chairperson for the festival.
“Penny Marshall is a great role model for female filmmakers. As one of the greatest storytellers of all time, she relies less on technology and more on getting stories out of her actors. We are honored to have her,” said festival CEO & Executive Producer Brad Parks.
In addition to celebrating Marshall, the festival is marking its Female Filmmaking theme with “Female Friday,” a full day given to films helmed by women. Of the 91 total films screening at the festival, 58 were produced or directed by women.
The Hollywood Film Festival runs September 23-27.