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My Mother Was Nuts Audiobook

My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Renae Gold Canyon, AZ, United States 04-19-14
    Renae Gold Canyon, AZ, United States 04-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my favorite audio books!"

    I highly recommend! Who'd have thought that listening to Penny Marshall for 8 hours or so could be so very enjoyable. I never watched the LaVerne and Shirley show but am familiar with the movies Penny directed. Penny's self deprecating presentation of her life-to-date was charming and informative. She gives us an inside look into an age of TV gone forever which only makes one long for it once more. I'm left very impressed by Penny's accomplishments however haphazard they may seem at times. Her recounting of her life makes you feel right there ... esp since we already know most of the people she includes. Many many times laugh out loud funny and often very emotional and worth every cent.

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    jamesh-lantern-media Scotch Plains, NJ 04-17-14
    jamesh-lantern-media Scotch Plains, NJ 04-17-14

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    "It was good, but a little too self-aggrandizing."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Depends if the friend grew up in the Bronx. I bought this book since Penny Marshall grew up very close to where I grew up - about 15 years before me. It was great to see a local kid make it big. I dont know if I would have enjoyed it as a non-Bronx native...


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Its an autobiography, so it didn't really tell me anything I didn't already know about Penny Marshall. She's still alive and kicking, so nothing surprising :)


    Which character – as performed by Penny Marshall – was your favorite?

    Herself - its an autobiography - she did it exactly as if you were having a conversation with her. I did appreciate the moments of emotion she let slip when she was talking about important losses in her life..


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Local kid makes it big and drops a lot of names while telling the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book - I especially loved that Penny Marshall narrated it... Her words coming out of someone else's mouth would not have been nearly as powerful... That being said, she does have a tendency to let her ego take over and drop big names left and right... She has every right to do so since she worked for and deserves the credit, but it does get old after a while

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    Kathryn F. Dillon 04-07-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A walk through Hollywood history"
    What made the experience of listening to My Mother Was Nuts the most enjoyable?

    Penny Marshall's narration seems more like sitting in a room with her shooting the breeze than her reading her book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Mother Was Nuts?

    Her entire life was amazing. She knows everyone in Hollywood and loves almost all of them. If she doesn't love them, they're probably unlovable. Any yet, she was always hard-nosed about sticking with her vision in directing a movie. Firm but fair, a nurturer of raw talent (and a keen eye for spotting new talent), visionary and trailblazer.


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

    Again, her narration is priceless. The years haven't softened her Bronx accent at all, and it adds to the magic of her marvelous life stories.


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

    I laughed a lot. My Lab got used to my laughing out loud when it was just the two of us in the car.


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    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 04-06-14
    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 04-06-14 Member Since 2016

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "A unique book by a unique individual.."

    Loved the book. It gave a great perspective to a world I will never know.

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    andrew 03-15-14
    andrew 03-15-14
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    "Dissappointing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Penny Marshall fans


    Would you be willing to try another book from Penny Marshall? Why or why not?

    no. Her language was excessive and at times she was clearly reading (and not terribly well)


    Would you be willing to try another one of Penny Marshall’s performances?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Her life has been interesting


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    Kathy 02-22-14
    Kathy 02-22-14

    This is the only way to get through all the books I want to enjoy...and still I'm behind!

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    "So that's how that came about!"

    I have always enjoyed Penny Marshall's characters and have seen most if not all of her movies, but what was so great about this book is that Penny Marshall tells HER story...all the ups, downs, good, the bad and the probably not pretty stuff. She introduces her family- all of them and how she became who and what she is. Who she is is truly impressive and an incredibly intelligent, caring person, someone I would like to have l as a trusted friend.

    Ms. Marshall impresses me as a very real, nothing hoity toity Hollywood, but practical and not only very street wise, but has a great deal of common sense. Listen to the book and find out that she uses those qualities as a director of movies.

    As much as I love knowing everyone's story, it was great to know about how one really deals with what seemed a pretty interesting family-certainly a very successful one and one that continues still today. Why again do I feel like I missed something not having grown up in a New York borough? I loved hearing the details of the TV series "Laverne and Shirley" like the whole wearing of the L on her clothes, or the sing-song: " Schlamiel, Schlamazel.." or the whole Pepsi and milk thing. It was all the details included-nothing seemed to leave you wondering, she answered what seemed like any question you may have of her life. It's definitely an open book..book.

    Mind you, Penny Marshall has a very distinctive voice and I wouldn't (no offense intended Ms. Marshall) suggest she narrate any other stories but her own, but her voice is the best in telling her story, inuendos and all. It was wonderful to hear how she developed in life, and what she learned, I take away the thought that she is out there as she learned from her mother:"to entertain people" and that Ms. Marshall has been thoroughly living life as it is and taking full advantage of all that is offered.

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    Mackenzie Loveland, OH, United States 02-17-14
    Mackenzie Loveland, OH, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Sometimes okay, sometimes insufferable"
    Would you try another book from Penny Marshall and/or Penny Marshall?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Penny Marshall again?

    Not an audiobook, no. For a professional actress, this is really a bland performance, and her voice can be grating.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Penny Marshall?

    Would seem odd to have someone else narrate her memoir, but her voice is definitely not one that's easy to listen to for 8.5 hours.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    There are points where the book is pretty interesting—I was most intrigued by her early years and up-and-coming years in Hollywood. But there's tremendous amount of space devoted to needless name-dropping (she'll mention going to parties with no further details other than a list of A-list attendees). Almost one whole chapter is just about a great basketball season. This is pretty insufferable.


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    Litlepapoose 02-12-14
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    "Easy listen, good narration"

    Not quite your standard memoir, It's mostly short stories instead of one coherent piece. It is nevertheless enjoyable and insightful. I learned about her life, the TV and movie business and what it was like growing up in her time.

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    GC NYC 02-09-14
    GC NYC 02-09-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyable, but something was missing"
    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she read her brother's poem about 9/11.


    Any additional comments?

    This was enjoyable, but as another reviewer mentioned, something was missing. She glossed over many relationships, says she has a deep love of certain people but I never felt I understood why. During parts she seemed quite removed..As a native New Yorker I especially loved the parts about my hometown. She still has a very strong accent after all these years.

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    Martha Humphreys Montana, USA 02-09-14
    Martha Humphreys Montana, USA 02-09-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Women of a certain age will enjoy..."

    Penny and I were born the same year and so we share a common experience of history.
    Her Bronx accent enhances her story and contributes to the humor in her personal and professional observations. Behind the scenes stories always entertain and this memoir works well for anyone familiar with her work in front of and behind the camera. One can't help but love her style...not a scintilla of manipulation.

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