In a gay bombshell, a source says former “Laverne Shirley” star Penny Marshall plans to come out of the closet and declare she’s a lesbian! What’s more, the beloved 70-year-old actress-turned-director will be supported in her announcement by her longtime girlfriend – actress Carrie Fisher, 57, of “Star Wars” fame, the source adds.
Penny apparently made the decision to reveal her sexuality when she got the news that she’d beaten cancer after a courageous life-or-death battle that lasted four long years.
“Penny says that with her medical problems finally behind her, she’s going to live life to the fullest, and she doesn’t give a rat’s a** if people have a problem with it,” a family insider told The ENQUIRER. As a result, twice-divorced Marshall – who has a daughter, Tracy, 39, by her first husband, Mike Henry – is ready to announce her relationship with Carrie, said the source.
“Penny and Carrie have been close friends for a long time,” noted the source. “There have been rumors in the gay community that they were a lesbian couple, but they never confirmed or denied it. “Penny now wants to live the rest of her life without hiding anything. She’s going to come out of the closet. “Carrie is thrilled, and she’s supporting Penny completely.”Marshall was also married to Rob Reiner and involved with Art Garfunkel. Fisher, of course, had a longtime relationship with Paul Simon before later marrying a gay man. Will be curious to see how this one plays out.