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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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    ROBERT STROBEL LAS VEGAS, NV United States 05-18-16
    ROBERT STROBEL LAS VEGAS, NV United States 05-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it. Penny was hysterically funny. "

    I felt like I lost my best friend when I finished it. I am from Brooklyn so her accent was like coming home.

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    Jillian 05-11-16
    Jillian 05-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Her voice"

    Loved that it was HER voice and enjoyed it on a kid free two days with the flu. If I fell asleep I rewound back to the part I remembered hearing last instead of considering it a loss. Thanks Penny. You feel like a friend. That is not creepy right? JB

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    Maggie BENTON HARBOR, MI, United States 05-11-16
    Maggie BENTON HARBOR, MI, United States 05-11-16 Member Since 2012

    book fiend

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    "love Penny Marshall!!"

    great book, great narrator, was able to get through my 14 mile run without it feeling like a chore!

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    Randa 05-08-16
    Randa 05-08-16

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    "Excellent book!"

    Penny is an amazing woman who stays true to herself no matter what! You can't help but feel everything with her as she chronicles her extra ordinary life!

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    Rebecca Rogers 04-14-16
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    "Meh"

    It didn't really engage me...maybe another time. GOD! Twenty words really? How many is this?

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    theresa sarmiento 04-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "laughed so loud I had to leave the house."

    I started the book early in the morning. I was laughing so much I had to leave not to wake anyone. My friend Kimberly and I played Laverne and Shirley as girls. I was Laverne so when I saw the familiar photo on the cover. I had to read the book. Thank you for the great laughs. I finished it in one day.

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    AnnShamrock Las Vegas 03-22-16
    AnnShamrock Las Vegas 03-22-16 Member Since 2015

    Thank God for Audio books and audible!

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    "I ENJOYED THIS VERY MUCH. Penny is very funny!!"
    What made the experience of listening to My Mother Was Nuts the most enjoyable?

    minimum of 15 words? well, I just loved listening to her. her voice alone made me laugh.
    I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much reading it myself. AUDIO BOOKS ARE THE BEST INVENTION EVER!!!


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Penny marshal its a must! I had forgotten about her being on the very first episode of 'Saturday Night Live' and all the great movies she directed. I LOVED THIS BOOK!

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    Evonne Austin, Texas 03-22-16
    Evonne Austin, Texas 03-22-16

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    "A hoot and very raw."
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Mother Was Nuts to be better than the print version?

    Audio Books for me are always better. However I have not read the book so I could not comment on that.


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

    The ninja robbers story.


    What about Penny Marshall’s performance did you like?

    I love it. She is a no frills kinda of lady and it shows. She doesn't strike me as loved by all who meet her but definitely loved by those that can get past her no nonsense demeanor. You are either full of s&*^ or you aren't in her book.


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

    When she found out her mom had dementia and her mothers death.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this to all that can get past a rough exterior. I think Penny's bark is louder than her bite. She has a soft spot for the crazies.

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    Amazon Customer Fayetteville, AR USA 03-18-16
    Amazon Customer Fayetteville, AR USA 03-18-16

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    "Funny, poignant and very "Lavern"
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    A very good biography. No over sharing, just the highlights and interesting moments. A few emotional moments, very real. Felt like I was being told personally.

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    anniebow 01-19-16
    anniebow 01-19-16
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    "A book that keeps on going."

    I was a big fan of Your TV shows & Movies you Directed. Your Friends
    Still friends that kool The book keep me interested all the way. Thanks for writing it & For me Reading it aloud. Thank You, Julie Magill

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