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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.
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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)

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    Jeffrey Austin Texas, United States 06-23-13
    Jeffrey Austin Texas, United States 06-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    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.

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    Andrew Strasser usa 02-25-13
    Andrew Strasser usa 02-25-13 Member Since 2012

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    "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


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    Grace 12-24-12
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    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.

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