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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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    Debra Garfinkle Orange County, CA United States 12-26-12
    Debra Garfinkle Orange County, CA United States 12-26-12 Member Since 2010

    author of books for teens and children

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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia Mount Juliet, TN, United States 10-31-12
    Virginia Mount Juliet, TN, United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2010

    "Listening with my other ear"

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    "Wonderfully done"
    Would you listen to My Mother Was Nuts again? Why?

    I would definitely listen again! I have to agree with the reviewer that said the beginning of the book felt a little rushed over and after reading the reviews of how great this was I began to hope I wouldn't end up regretting the purchase ( I didn't). Although the writing may not be Shakespeare and Penny's reading may seem a little elementary at first, I cant stress more, you need to be patient. Once she hits her stride, I actually found myself laughing out loud. The emotional way she speaks of her momma's death made Me cry along with her. She honestly brings you along for the ride, no holds barred. The book wouldn't have been as great if I read it for myself. The memories are enough for me alone.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Penny and the whole cast of characters.


    What about Penny Marshall’s performance did you like?

    Her accent, the emotion she gives you.


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

    Yes, She honestly brings you along for the ride.


    Any additional comments?

    Just so as not shock the listener, there is a bit of coarse language and drug reference.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa LAWRENCE, KANSAS, United States 10-29-12
    Lisa LAWRENCE, KANSAS, United States 10-29-12
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    "Still rockin' the humor"
    What did you love best about My Mother Was Nuts?

    The humor, Penny Marshall's unique voice and the candor of it all.


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

    It felt like she was just sitting with you telling stories from her life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No one favorite scene; but the book does not disappoint. I listened while exercising and found myself laughing out loud a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    I love it when any memoir is in the voice of the author! Makes it so real. And tremendously adds to the listening experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Santa Maria, CA, United States 10-23-12
    Donna Santa Maria, CA, United States 10-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic, hilarious, and moving!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Penny Marshall tells her story in her truly unique, irrepressible style. She brings you in to her inner circle so you feel part of her down-to-earth, hilarious, Hollywood royalty life. Her memoir is a no-nonsense roller coaster ride, much like her person, as we come to know in this book. Who couldn't love this? It is entertainment at its best, just what her mother ordered. Enjoy!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie United States 10-22-12
    Stephanie United States 10-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Much more fun and interesting than I thought!"
    Where does My Mother Was Nuts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very good. Penny's performance was excellent and fun to listen to.


    What other book might you compare My Mother Was Nuts to and why?

    Tough to compare. I was amazed with the long lasting (and wide-ranging) friendships she has cultivated and maintained through the years. The title of the book is not really reflective of the content.


    What about Penny Marshall’s performance did you like?

    She made it sound as if she was talking directly to you (it wasn't "performed" at all).


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

    No extreme reactions - just an overall good feeling that I got from learning more about her as a something more than just Laverne & Shirley


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, a fun experience and I am glad I listened to this one. Give it a shot!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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