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)
This is my first written review after nearly 30 books on Audible. This book was so good, I want others to know!
I grew up on Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley, hearing it from Garry's perspective was great. His story, coming from him, was a bonus!
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.
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.
I live in Thailand, and love to listen to audible.
I really enjoyed this book. It's good that Garry Marshall narrated it himself, because he knows the names and the stories. I like his outlook on life. Great book - it held my interest from beginning to end. Lots of little interesting tidbits about the TV shows and movies. Get it!
I loved this book -- could even listen to it again. Garry Marshall reads his memoir as though he were chatting with the reader about his life. His Brooklyn accent and dry humor were perfect ! And, his isights and retelling of his childhood, family, military, professional life are always interesting no matter what phase of life he's in. His family's life in tv and the movies, as well as the many, many entertainment people he has known, worked with, has as friends -- a wonderful look at tv from its earliest days through the present along with movies. Made me laugh, helped me remember, kept me interested -- I highly recommend this audiobook.
Yes! Listening to Garry Marshall narrate was at least half the fun. He was wonderful.
Garry Marshall himself was the best character
I especially liked his stories about directing his movies. I also liked listening to him talk about his childhood in the Bronx.
I laughed out loud several times. It was wonderful.
I have recommended this audio book to several people.
Filmmaker and artist in Los Angeles.
I have no idea... I don't have the print version...
When Garry talks about battling cancer, not telling people, and still carrying on at work. He shares his concerns of life and his concerns and affection for other people.
His voice. I love that the author is reading it. It's almost like you can feel him remember his story. His tone of voice just brings the entire thing to life. It's good to hear him tell his story.
Being a film student and knowing that it's incredibly hard to be on film sets, it was nice to see messing around happening on pro sets too. He talks about how on one day, he got really upset and threw his cane into the air and it hit someone. So the next day everyone wore hard hats.
This is a great account of this guys story. It was very entertaining to listen to.
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