I just took it for what it is. Would I want her life style in exchange for fame and fortune? Absolutely not. I would never trade places with her and I would not hold her up as an example of morality. Hahahaha far from it. Still, it was the life she knew, and she was a talented and funny woman. This was an interesting read and I did enjoy much of it. I enjoyed listening to Marshall's great New York accent and learned a lot from her outlook on life. I don't think she was holding herself up as some role model or saying that someone else should seek her life style. It was an eye opener in a way. Not sure if I can recommend it unless it is to someone who, like me, can take it for what it is.
Let me be honest my first concern was "how can I listen to this with her voice".
After 10 minutes in I wouldn't have it any other way. I loved this book and now I love her.
Her stories were great and she said them with so much honestly.
I laughed , I cried, I cheered .. .. must buy !
The top biography, maybe top 5 of all my books...
I love when the author reads their own story, especially an autobiography. It's their story, they own it, they know how to tell it.
Who doesn't love Laverne? But my favorite Penny Marshall character is simply Penny Marshall, the woman.
I was particularly touched by Penny getting choked by emotion when telling of friends'/family members'/colleagues' deaths, or the 9-11 Attacks, for example.
This was an awesome book. I was afraid at first that Penny telling her own story would be unintelligible because of her mumbly-accented speaking voice. You warm up to it pretty quick. There are several times where you can tell she's gone off-book and it just telling you the story. Between that, the emotion, and the behind-the-Hollywood-scenes stories, this has got to be my Number 1 favorite biography.
I've never heard anything so awful. The story was interesting but I couldn't bear to listen to more than 10 minutes at a time before I was overcome with irritation at her delivery. She reads her own life story with less enthusiasm than someone reading a grocery list.
Penny Marshall is just realistic and witty. It was thought provoking , funny, and overall enjoyable to listen and read.
When she sang her mother's song after releasing her ashes.
No but I will now.
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I don’t know much about Penny Marshall but I do like her movies (or most of them anyway) so I thought her bio would be interesting. I like her sarcastic humour and she supplied enough of it to keep me entertained throughout!
I didn’t watch Laverne and Shirley regularly “back in the day” so I was not up on the scandals surrounding the show - I get the feeling there is no love lost between her and Cindy Williams… I had no idea!
Lots of name dropping and Hollywood tittle-tattle, so it was a good dose of behind-the-scenes entertainment. I especially liked the gossipy tidbits like how Whoopi Goldberg is a little hard to take, how John Travolta was dying for the lead role in Big but he was “Hollywood Poison” at the time, and the casting details for the movie A League of Their Own.
I think this book was 3$ well spent.
Lover of life and lover of books! I read/listen to a wide range (many) but my favorite non fiction are self-help and autobiographies.
The book starts off very funny and continues as many memoirs do with parts seeming like you fell into a soap opera and other parts with tremendous life lessons. If you grew up watching Penny as Laverne or many of the other roles she played (director of many great movies) then the behind the scenes will interest you.
Overall, I found the book entertaining but there were times when it seemed to derail. Beware of the 'f' bombs and other 'rough' language throughout the book.
I gave it four stars but it is more like 3.5 stars for me.
The biggest life lesson - Not everything your parents attempt to teach you is wrong. :D
Her mom kept pushing her and her two siblings to entertain people and although Penny pushed back, she ended up in the entertainment world as well as her brother. How ironic.
If you think your family is crazy or dysfunctional, then this is a must read.
I liked learning about the many facets of Penny Marshall's talent. Her anecdotes about people in show business were fun to listen to.
Her unique voice adds a lot to this autobiography because it is as if she is sitting in your living room sipping wine and telling her tales.
Yes - She talks from the heart yet pulls no punches and you can hear it in her voice ; genuine, sincere, and full of life.
At times, this memoir moves a little slowly, but overall Marshall has a great story about the value of taking chances and enjoying friendships.