We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
My Happy Days in Hollywood: A Memoir | [Garry Marshall]

My Happy Days in Hollywood: A Memoir

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. 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.
Regular Price:$28.00
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (139 )
5 star
 (69)
4 star
 (52)
3 star
 (15)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (2)
Overall
4.4 (127 )
5 star
 (65)
4 star
 (47)
3 star
 (14)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (1)
Story
4.4 (126 )
5 star
 (74)
4 star
 (37)
3 star
 (11)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 08-06-12
    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    105
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    478
    84
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    6
    11
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fun- positive- HAPPY!"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Debra Garfinkle 11-28-12

    author of books for teens and children

    HELPFUL VOTES
    128
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    154
    39
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    10
    10
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fun Book"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Timothy Chicago, IL, United States 09-17-12
    Timothy Chicago, IL, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    32
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great LOL stuff here."

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jeffrey Austin Texas, United States 06-23-13
    Jeffrey Austin Texas, United States 06-23-13 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    121
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    64
    64
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    15
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "It Is What It Is"

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Andrew Strasser usa 02-25-13
    Andrew Strasser usa 02-25-13 Member Since 2012

    eyes open

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    26
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Happy Days is entertaining"
    What made the experience of listening to My Happy Days in Hollywood the most enjoyable?

    Garry reading the story added to the story certainly


    What other book might you compare My Happy Days in Hollywood to and why?

    Rob Lowe biography read by him


    Did Garry Marshall do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    most all the characters were familiar


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.