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My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir | [Penny Marshall]

My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz
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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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    Rexel Henderson, NV, United States 01-16-13
    Rexel Henderson, NV, United States 01-16-13 Member Since 2008
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    "The best!"
    Would you listen to My Mother Was Nuts again? Why?

    Penny's candid and conversational style made me truly feel like I was sitting across a table from someone casually sharing memories of the past. It wasn't encased in contrived prose that did not fit with our perception of the personality that is Penny Marshall.


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    Mary Seiber Michigan 01-14-13
    Mary Seiber Michigan 01-14-13 Member Since 2012

    Book and music lover

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    "Hearing the author read was a plus"
    If you could sum up My Mother Was Nuts in three words, what would they be?

    Long. Funny Informative


    What did you like best about this story?

    the humaness of it


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to say


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

    Inside view of TV and movies for boomers


    Any additional comments?

    Penny does a lot of name dropping in the book. It made it hard to read, but wonderful to listen too. Liked the way that Kindle and Audible synced together on this. It appeared that the author was reading from an earlier version of the book. There were some extra words and insights. But that was good.

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    susan Nixa, MO, United States 01-09-13
    susan Nixa, MO, United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2008
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    "loved it"
    If you could sum up My Mother Was Nuts in three words, what would they be?

    pure Penny Marshall


    What about Penny Marshall’s performance did you like?

    I loved that she was reading her own words--cannot fake that voice & accent.


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

    you can overcome your mother's raising


    Any additional comments?

    thoroughly enjoyable

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    Louis Tobyhanna, PA, United States 01-06-13
    Louis Tobyhanna, PA, United States 01-06-13
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    "Excellent and so funny"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The best part of Penny's life is hearing it told from her own mouth. As a native New Yorker myself, I loved hearing about her life and career in all her natural new yorkese!


    What about Penny Marshall’s performance did you like?

    She has just a naturally funny delivery


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    Debra Garfinkle 12-26-12

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    "Very Entertaining"

    I loved listening to Penny Marshall's kooky sense of humor and very distinctive New Yawk accent. She had and has many famous friends and exes-- Rob Reiner, Albert Brooks, Carrie Fischer, Art Garfunkel, etc. It was fun to hear about the exploits of these A-listers and interesting to hear about the movies Penny Marshall directed, such as Big, Awakenings, and A League of Their Own.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    September ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO, United States 12-13-12
    September ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO, United States 12-13-12 Member Since 2004
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    "A good read!"

    I love how she lets it all out and doesn't hold anything back. Honest and fun to listen to! If you can't handle that Brooklyn accent, then read the book, but I loved it!

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    Linda ITHACA, NY, United States 11-24-12
    Linda ITHACA, NY, United States 11-24-12
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    "The glories of growing up Bronx"

    Penny Marshall has a great ear and remembers the uniqueness of growing up in the fifties, of the West Bronx.

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    Sandy Caledonia, IL, United States 11-21-12
    Sandy Caledonia, IL, United States 11-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A blast from the past"
    What did you love best about My Mother Was Nuts?

    Hearing about all the backstories from the TV shows and movies Penny was involved in, and who she hung out with during her career.


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

    The 911 stories.


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

    Her narration! Hearing her tell her story makes it real. I could picture her expressions and mannerisms as she spoke.


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

    The acknowledgements at the end. She surrounded herself with great people, and she appreciated everyone in her life and what they meant to her.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice, light-hearted story of someone we all "know".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley FRESNO, CA, United States 11-20-12
    Shirley FRESNO, CA, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Just O.K. Some laughs"
    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    MOST INTERESTING: Finding out how incestuous Hollywood is. LEAST INTERESTING: Penny Marshalls sexual adventures and drug use.


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

    Almost anyone.


    Do you think My Mother Was Nuts needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, I now know everything and more than I wanted to know about Penney Marshall


    Any additional comments?

    I bought Gary Marshalls audiobook, and thoroughly enjoyed it. He is a classy guy, not like his sister at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ChrisG Torrington CT 11-13-12
    ChrisG Torrington CT 11-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Don't read it, listen!"

    There are some books that just scream the need to be done in audio and this is one of them. Penny seems to struggle a tiny bit in the beginning with her performance, but then finds a great rhythm and the book just flows. Living near NYC, I could identify with the style of her performance. The books offers a lot of insight and quite a few yuks too. The book is also touching, especially when Penny battles tears as she describes emotional moments in her life. What I love about this book, something I also found to be true in Rob Lowe's book, is how approachable Marshall seems to be. Yes, there are some curses, especially toward the latter portion of the book, but it isn't every other word and I didn't find it to be that big of a deal. She is a New Yorker and that comes through loud and clear. Her friendships with many of Hollywood's well known names was enlightening. All in all it is a fun read and the 8+ hours went by quickly. I did desire to hear a little bit more detail about the Odd Couple and Laverne and Shirley than the amount she offered, although she didn't gloss over it either. Penny's narration is what seperates this book from good to great.

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