Marshall’s baseball flick was a groundbreaking hit
In the wake of actress, director and producer Penny Marshall’s passing, a lot has been written about the much loved “Laverne & Shirley” and the Tom Hanksfronted movie “Big.” Maybe the most central part of her legacy, though, was “A League of Their Own.” The film, a true classic, tells the fictionalized story of two sisters who join an all-female baseball league. That might not seem like a crazy pitch today, what with the banner year of representation in Hollywood that we’ve just had. But in 1992, the year the film came out, movies featuring mostly women were not seen as commercially viable by suspicious studio execs. Case in point: Hanks was given top billing at the time, even though he was surrounded by actors including Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell and Lori Petty. In many ways, the movie, and Marshall, helped pave the way for the Hollywood we have today (even if there’s still a lot of work to be done on the front). Oh, and aside from being groundbreaking, the movie is straight-up good — it’s both hilarious and heartfelt. Don’t miss a chance to see it on the big screen and honor Marshall’s memory.
Madonna (left) and Rosie O’Donnell play 1940s ballplayers in “A League of Their Own.”