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.
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.
Book and music lover
Long. Funny Informative
the humaness of it
Hard to say
Inside view of TV and movies for boomers
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.
pure Penny Marshall
I loved that she was reading her own words--cannot fake that voice & accent.
you can overcome your mother's raising
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!
She has just a naturally funny delivery
author of books for teens and children
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.
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!
Penny Marshall has a great ear and remembers the uniqueness of growing up in the fifties, of the West Bronx.
Hearing about all the backstories from the TV shows and movies Penny was involved in, and who she hung out with during her career.
The 911 stories.
Her narration! Hearing her tell her story makes it real. I could picture her expressions and mannerisms as she spoke.
The acknowledgements at the end. She surrounded herself with great people, and she appreciated everyone in her life and what they meant to her.
Nice, light-hearted story of someone we all "know".
MOST INTERESTING: Finding out how incestuous Hollywood is. LEAST INTERESTING: Penny Marshalls sexual adventures and drug use.
No, I now know everything and more than I wanted to know about Penney Marshall
I bought Gary Marshalls audiobook, and thoroughly enjoyed it. He is a classy guy, not like his sister at all.
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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