Once called a legend in his own time slot, Garry Marshall has been among the most successful writers, directors, and producers in America for more than five decades. As a comedy writer who began his career during television’s last “golden age” writing for Dick Van Dyke, he went on to produce some of the most beloved sitcoms in television history, including The Odd Couple, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and Mork & Mindy.
Marshall’s enormous influence as a director has been felt in film as well, in such classic motion pictures as The Flamingo Kid, Beaches, Pretty Woman, and The Princess Diaries. His work on the big screen has delighted audiences for the last three decades and has withstood the test of time.
In My Happy Days in Hollywood, Marshall takes us on a journey from his stickball-playing days in the Bronx to his time at the helm of some of the most popular television series and movies of all time, sharing the joys and challenges of working with the Fonz and the young Julia Roberts, the “street performer” Robin Williams, and the young Anne Hathaway, among many others.
This honest, vibrant, and often hilarious memoir reveals a man whose career has been defined by his drive to make people laugh and whose personal philosophy - despite his tremendous achievements - has always been that life is more important than show business.
©2012 Garry Marshall (P)2012 Random House
"Garry Marshall is walking entertainment. He is smart, insightful, funny… and so is his book.” (Henry Winkler)
"Even though he speaks slowly with a distinctive New Yorkese Bronx accent, he has managed to quickly create, write, and produce a raft of beloved television series that speak 'American'. I am happy that he gifted us with a witty memoir.” (Carl Reiner)
“Thanks to my brother I have a life. I’m sorry I almost ruined his during Laverne & Shirley.” (Penny Marshall)
Like mainly mystery and suspense with a bit of chick lit and non-fiction thrown in. Severe addiction going on 10 years to Audiobooks.
It sounded like the recording was uneven. I found myself adjusting the volume a lot. I have never had to do that before with an Audiobook. I loved having Garry Marshall tell his story as the narrator however if you aren't used to listening to a very thick NY accent, you may have a hard time with it.
He has had a fascinating life. He knows everyone, and is one of the biggest players in Hollywood, however is very, very down to earth. There aren't any Hollywood shockers or scandals disclosed, but a real life, honest glimpse into a powerhouse's life. It is a good listen.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book; Garry was talking about all my favourite shows and it was just so fascinating to hear the producer's/writer's perspective and to get an idea of what goes on behind the scenes. I highly recommend this book. As a PS: Thoroughly enjoyed listening to Garry's Bronx accent, I loved it.
Mainly a sci-fi, and fantasy junkie who also enjoys horror, whodunnits, and books about animals and sports. I'm also an amateur filmmaker.
I'm going to be honest. I'm a film nut, and watched plenty of 1970's and 1980's tv series and I had no clue who Garry Marshall was. Now I know! And I've very glad to have read (listened) to this book.
It's a very interesting read. How a "kid from the bronx" came to create "Happy Days" "Mork and Mindy" and quite a few other extremely successful tv series... and then go on to direct and produce a lot of really bad Hollywood movies too :)
Along the way we learn something about what it is like to be a director or producer on tv shows and movies, and get many little stories about a lot of the big name stars and filmmakers as well. And it's really a treat to hear Garry himself (with his thick NY accent) read the story.
It's a long but a very gratifying book.
I love Garry Marshall and hearing him tell his story first hand was awesome. There's something about that Brooklyn accent that gets me every time I hear him speak. I grew up watching his TV shows and watched his movies into my adulthood, but I still learned a lot of new things about him. His wife Barbara is pretty awesome, too. As much as he deserves to, I hope he never retires! Definitely worth the listen.
This audiobooks is fantastic. Read and written perfectly! Surprisingly, this book has a ton of advice for actors, writers and directors. Not obvious advice, but you can learn a lot just from using Mr. Marshall as a sort of mentor. I loved this book and it seemed to fly by!
I knew of Garry Marshall as the guy who created "Happy Days" and "LaVerne and Shirley," and I knew he'd directed the Princess Diaries movies, but that was the extent of it. I'd heard him interviewed and knew he was very funny, and an excellent storyteller. So when I saw this book available from Audible, and then saw it was read by the author, I couldn't wait to read it. I got everything I wanted, and so much more!
Each chapter is devoted to a key event in his life, from his childhood in the Bronx to his college years, and then his stint in the Army. Once he starts producing TV and directing movies, each chapter highlights a different series or film. He tells us stories of the people and processes that went into each endeavor, and doesn't shy away from the bad, as well as showcasing the good. The read felt honest and true, as well as funny. I can think of no higher praise to bestow upon such a memoir as this. I learned Garry Marshall directed movies I've loved for a long time, but had no idea were his. If you've enjoyed "Happy Days," "The Odd Couple," or any number of romantic comedies, I highly recommend this book to you. I firmly believe you'll come away from it having learned more than you knew before about show business, and wearing a big smile. I know I did.
Thank you for sharing the stories of the happy days of your television and movie days. It is wonderful when you have a supportive family to help you climb the mountain to success. The 13 advice points are a plus. I am an actor, not a star but love to tell the story... A Texas girl that is following her dream.
It's always too soon to write a fair review of a great book when they always keep you thinking. 4 & 5 stars are worth repeat listenings.
When scripts are directed through a patient and people loving director. the result is the beautiful movies we enjoy watching. Enjoyed this thoroughly and ready to listen again. Thank you Garry Marshall for your contributions to Hollywood productions.
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It was fun to read the behind the scenes details of his various TV shows and movies - very interesting! However, I wanted more! More details, more stories, more factoids... I felt like it was just a pleasant anecdote or two per production.
On the other hand, he is so prolific that if he would have delved deeper into detail, the book would have been thousands of pages long!
I like Garry Marshall’s style and sense of humour, this was a really fun read.
If you’re looking for something trashy-tell all behind the scenes Hollywood saga, then you’ll have to keep looking because this isn’t it. But this is a good book, enjoyable really even if it skates on the surface at very quick pace, in fact, so fast it barely scratches the surface. In fact, a better descriptive name for this would have been “My life in Hollywood, an overview without depth and insight”. However the central problem with this with book is no conflict. Good stories have conflict. And it doesn’t matter what kind of story it is, you gotta have conflict and there ain’t no conflict here, which is surprising from a man who has earned his living by writing and filming conflict driven stories. Again I have to say, the near perfectly written autobiography, in or out of Hollywood, is Frank Langella’s Dropping Names. So while this book isn’t bad either and although it drops enormous names it’s no Frank Langella telling the tale.
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