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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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    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
    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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    lujofi 06-03-15
    lujofi 06-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "loved it and now love penny Marshal"

    fast fun read. now have great awe and respect for penny. I think she would also be annoyed that you have to write at least 20 words in your review

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    paminocala 06-02-15
    paminocala 06-02-15
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    "Poignant , irreverent and touching"

    I enjoyed listening to Penny reminisce about growing up in the Bronx. Her stories are heartwarming and she obviously loves her family and friends .

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    MP Kemah, Texas United States 05-20-15
    MP Kemah, Texas United States 05-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Thoroughly entertaining"

    What an amazing life Penny Marshall has led, and is still living! She is truly a trailblazer, a national treasure, and to hear her tell her story in that self-deprecating, hilarious, iconic accent of hers is thoroughly entertaining and inspiring. I can't wait to get my "Laverne and Shirley" complete series box set in the mail and watch it with my children, as well as the feel-
    good movies like "Big", "A League of their Own" and "Renaissance Man" which I remember fondly from my youth.

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    Virjena D Whitehead Pomona, CA United States 05-02-15
    Virjena D Whitehead Pomona, CA United States 05-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable read. I laughed out loud several times!"

    Penny Marshall definitely seems to be down to earth in the book despite her celebrity status.

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    M. Young in another realm 04-29-15
    M. Young in another realm 04-29-15

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    "This Memoir Is Nuts!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I sure would! Penny Marshall tells her own story as only she can. She has a very recognizable voice and tone. The story would not at all be awesome if someone else was telling her story!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Uh, Penny of course.


    Which character – as performed by Penny Marshall – was your favorite?

    There were so many! Hard to say!


    Any additional comments?

    I had no idea Penny Marshalls' life was, well, nuts. (Not just her mom.) The story begins on a crazy and fascinating note and just gets better. I couldn't stop listening. What a life she has had! I would listen to this again.

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    Heather W Austin, TX United States 04-26-15
    Heather W Austin, TX United States 04-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Grew up with Penny on TV..."

    She is hilarious and brash and everything I'd hoped. This book was so much better, read by her. (I wish I could type with her fab Bronx accent!) the stories of movies she directed (all of which I'd loved) and of Laverne & Shirley were a treat. She told it like it was--warts and all. Who knew after reading this, she'd seem like a statesman. A hilarious statesman.

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    "A New York Charmer"

    The funny and self-deprecating Penny Marshall guides us through her adventurous life - from her upbringing in New York City, creating the role of Laverne in Laverne & Shirley, various relationships and marriages, to becoming the first female director of a $100-million-dollar movie (Big). Her New York energy and wit shine through in this charming memoir, along with her striking NY accent. Plenty of A-List name-dropping, too.

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