Most people know Penny Marshall as the director of Big and A League of Their Own. What they don’t know is her trailblazing career was a happy accident. In this funny and intimate memoir, Penny takes us from the stage of The Jackie Gleason Show in 1955 to Hollywood’s star-studded sets, offering up some hilarious detours along the way.
My Mother Was Nuts is an intimate backstage pass to Penny’s personal life, her breakout role on The Odd Couple, her exploits with Cindy Williams and John Belushi, and her travels across Europe with Art Garfunkel on the back of a motorcycle. We see Penny get married. And divorced. And married again (the second time to Rob Reiner). We meet a young Carrie Fisher, whose close friendship with Penny has spanned decades. And we see Penny at work with Tom Hanks, Mark Wahlberg, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert De Niro, and Whitney Houston.
Throughout it all, from her childhood spent tap dancing in the Bronx, to her rise as the star of Laverne & Shirley, Penny lived by simple rules: “try hard, help your friends, don’t get too crazy, and have fun.” With humor and heart, My Mother Was Nuts reveals there’s no one else quite like Penny Marshall.
©2012 Penny Marshall (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Let me start by saying that I really like Penny Marshall. She seems genuine. She calls them like she sees them.
My major disappointment with the book was, oddly enough, Penny's narration. She seemed to stumble over the words sometimes, and I felt like she was reading (and not that well). About halfway through the book, I stopped being distracted by the narration. Whether this is because I got used to it, or whether Penny became more engaged in the performance, I don't know.
My narration complaint aside, I'm glad Penny was given her "five more minutes" and that she chose to share her story.
I'm not very good at reviewing books, I just know what I like and what interests me. If your a Penny Marshall fan, you'll probably love this book, because what you see in her is what you get in this book. She takes you from her young childhood to her life in the present and it's like her LaVerne character all over again, I had to chuckle at her honesty and how "normal" or "real" she really is in her reaction to things in her life. She just is who she is, take her or leave her, and she makes no apologies.
Wish I knew one.
Her humor & how she felt about her life experiences.
Everyone's lucky Penny
Thoroughly enjoy listening to this book...sorry it is over.
Fan of mostly non-fiction, mostly biographies, autobiographies and histories.
This is a real treat.Thoroughly enjoyable. Well-written, good stories, genuine. Some funny, some poignant, an engaging self portrait of an interesting, clever, caring human being who has entertained us in many ways for many years. And this is one of those memoirs that's enhanced because it's read, and read well, by its author. Her inflections add to the humorous story-telling, but her emotional inflections in describing family events also connect to the listener in a universally human way.
The numerous famous people that the author had crossed paths with as a child and young woman before she entered the entertainment world of acting and directing.
It made me laugh and cry.
Yes, because it's in Penny's own voice, Bronx accent and all, giving the best telling of her memories as you're going to get and enjoy!
This book was very entertaining, as much as I have always liked Penny Marshall, I like her even more after reading this book.
The story of her relationship with "Artie" Garfunkel an the stories of how her first movies, Jumping Jack Flash and Big came about were fascinating.
Just an overall good book. If you like entertainment biographies, you will love this book.
Penny Marshall is a hoot. Her antics combined with her dry delivery kept me laughing non-stop.
Her narration is hilarious because her accent and her voice are so unique. But also, whenever an actor narrates their OWN story there are elements that come to life that just aren't there when somebody else tells it. Her description of her parents and siblings are really great and insightful, and her childhood and experiences through college and in Hollywood of course are all really interesting to hear about. She's known so many famous people over the years, you can't help but love hearing about her interactions with them all and her perspective on everyone.
The book is about her, so of course I like her the best.
No. Typically I look for longer books since I have a long commute to work and need something to pass the time.
If you don't know who Penny Marshall is, this probably is not the book for you.
The fact that Penny Marshall is reading what she wrote She is great.
The honesty and fun that Penny Marshall presents in her story
Again the honest and fun that she has You feel like you know her as a sister.
Yes I enjoyed every minute.
I would recommend this book to any one If you don't enjoy this book something is wrong
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