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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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    Susan Marie Miami FL USA 11-23-15
    Susan Marie Miami FL USA 11-23-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Wonderfully Honest and Fascinating"

    Her voice, humor, and talent shine through in this well written and honest autobiography! Things we would never know, shared by a remarkably talented and strong willed woman. A great read, enhanced by Whispersync!

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    Janice Hendersonville, TN, United States 11-12-15
    Janice Hendersonville, TN, United States 11-12-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Who was nuts?"

    The narrator did a good job. I did not enjoy the book. I definitely struggled to finish it. The subject matter was all wrong for me.

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    HADun 11-02-15
    HADun 11-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Thank you Penny."

    This is hands down my favorite autobiography. It was awesome hearing Penny's small world. Sometimes I'm amazed by my small world. The greats...including Penny that came from the Bronx is awe inspiring. I loved the book/audio. I laughed, cried, and laughed some more. I listen while driving so I enjoyed my drives for quite some time. Sometimes sharing it with my passenger. I can't recommend this book highly enough especially for a Penny Marshall fan.

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    Anandi 10-26-15
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    "Funny, talented and smart"

    Penny is a wonderful story teller, and she has an amazingly fascinating life. It's a thoroughly entertaining and illuminating memoir, and she tells it like it is. I have already listened to it twice.

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    Feliz 10-15-15
    Feliz 10-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very entertaining."

    Loved the book and loved that Penny read it. it was like spending time with a friend.

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    J.C.D. 09-19-15
    J.C.D. 09-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I HOPED IT WOULD BE BETTER"
    Would you listen to My Mother Was Nuts again? Why?

    No. There's no reason to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Penny Marshall was THE character in her book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Actually the scene of her mother dragging her little dance troupe all over the place. She was the one who really had chutzpah.


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

    No.


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    Daryl Brisbane, Australia 08-17-15
    Daryl Brisbane, Australia 08-17-15 Member Since 2016
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    What did you love best about My Mother Was Nuts?

    The story - she has lead an interesting life


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Penny


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

    Her Bronx accent


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

    Both, laughed and cried


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think Penny took a breath during the whole book, so be ready for the quick diaolog. I personall love her accent so I didn't find it a problem - other might.

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    Rick 07-15-15
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    "I loved it!"

    I've always admired Penny Marshall as a director, and love her as an actor! This book was a joy to listen to, especially with Penny as the narrator. She is hilarious as a storyteller, as well as inspiring. Awesome job!

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    Raistlin 07-12-15
    Raistlin 07-12-15
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    The book tended to revel in name dropping and sports history. I wanted more emotions revealed about some of the more painful parts of her life. Her reading was stilted, labored and rushed at times. I was slightly disappointed.

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    christine 06-28-15
    christine 06-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Sorry when it was finished"

    I like Penny Marshall's sensibilities- I can relate...and I loved that she read the book herself, it would have been wrong to listen to it any other way. She's very cool and real. Loved the inside "scoop" on movies and relationships :)

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