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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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    Leslie West Roxbury, MA, United States 05-29-12
    Leslie West Roxbury, MA, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2004

    Like mainly mystery and suspense with a bit of chick lit and non-fiction thrown in. Severe addiction going on 10 years to Audiobooks.

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    "Heartfelt, Open and Honest"
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    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    H. Anthony Melbourne Australia 08-04-12
    H. Anthony Melbourne Australia 08-04-12 Listener Since 2008

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    "A must have read, absolutely fabulous!"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mary McLean, VA, United States 09-24-13
    Mary McLean, VA, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Quick paced"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. C. Thailand 04-18-13
    J. C. Thailand 04-18-13 Member Since 2012

    I live in Thailand, and love to listen to audible.

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    "Excellent and interesting"

    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!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Annmarie Easton, PA, United States 11-20-12
    Annmarie Easton, PA, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Terrific all the way through"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Happy Days in Hollywood to be better than the print version?

    Yes! Listening to Garry Marshall narrate was at least half the fun. He was wonderful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Garry Marshall himself was the best character


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I especially liked his stories about directing his movies. I also liked listening to him talk about his childhood in the Bronx.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud several times. It was wonderful.


    Any additional comments?

    I have recommended this audio book to several people.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rachael Los Angeles, CA 10-07-12
    Rachael Los Angeles, CA 10-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    Would you consider the audio edition of My Happy Days in Hollywood to be better than the print version?

    I have no idea... I don't have the print version...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Happy Days in Hollywood?

    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.


    What does Garry Marshall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great account of this guys story. It was very entertaining to listen to.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 08-06-12
    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2007
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    "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
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    Debra Garfinkle Orange County, CA United States 11-28-12
    Debra Garfinkle Orange County, CA United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2010

    author of books for teens and children

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    "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.

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    Timothy Chicago, IL, United States 09-17-12
    Timothy Chicago, IL, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "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
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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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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