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)
I've always enjoyed Garry Marshall as an actor, director and a personality. This memoir did not disappoint. It was as upbeat as an episode of Happy Days. He has some bumps in the road, but he keeps perspective and keeps moving.
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I loved hearing Garry Marshall's New Yawk accent and great comic timing. He seems like a very nice guy, and it was fascinating to hear details about Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Pretty Woman, and other TV shows and movies he wrote and/or directed. I enjoyed his positive attitude, work ethic, family values, and humor.
Thie history of some of my favorite TV shows and movies are fascinating. Garry Marshall's honesty and performance make this audio book a winner.
This is a very well intentioned and narrated account of a celebrity life. Garry Marshall is the kind of man that you wished was your father, uncle or grandfather. His live and let-live (or act and let act) attitude and personality are rare, very rare and yet for me there is something kind of odd about it. I guess I don't care too much for looking at another person's rather perfect life and then compare it to my own, makes me feel kind of badly actually. His account of "I met so and so in the Army and they later went on to fame and fortune," happened way too often. Talk about luck or karma or whatever. Make no mistake, I would love to know a guy like Garry Marshall, but absent of that, I really don't care to read about another person's wonderful largely drama and stress free life in a book. It's just not realistic, feels more like a fantasy than a life. I don't wish to offend others by my opinion, much less Mr. Marshall, this is all just my personal look at the thing from my point of view.
Garry reading the story added to the story certainly
Rob Lowe biography read by him
most all the characters were familiar
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