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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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    lujofi 06-03-15
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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
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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 Member Since 2016

    horror mistress

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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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    Ryan O'Connor 04-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Hilarious & Moving"

    I live for audiobook autobiographies read by famous ladies. It's so much my favorite hobby that I co-host a podcast called LadyWatch all about female entertainers over 50 years old. Penny Marshall's is absolutely my new favorite. Not only is her story hilarious, fascinating and inspiring, her performance on the audiobook is truly moving. Her genuine emotion seeps through and it becomes instantly clear why she is so adored in Hollywood. Absolutely wonderful. Thank you Penny!

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    Kimberly YUMA, AZ, United States 04-14-15
    Kimberly YUMA, AZ, United States 04-14-15

    I love reading for pleasure and obtaining new insights. Audible is perfect for me /visual issues. Thanks listeners for helpful reviews!

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    "Worst Celebrity Book Ever"

    VERY DISAPPOINTING
    Lacking in depth & although she is the author, Ms. Marshall does a C- at reading it (being generous here).
    If id have known i could return a book before it was too late, THIS would be ONE of only two books I disliked this much.

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    Hope L Moore 03-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved this book"

    Penny made me laugh and cry. I love her and so glad to hear her story...
    Thanks for writing it!

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    Alexis Kramer CHICAGO, IL, US 03-04-15
    Alexis Kramer CHICAGO, IL, US 03-04-15

    Say something about yourself!

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    "LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Mother Was Nuts to be better than the print version?

    First of all, hilarious! Not only in content, but also in delivery. Penny Marshall does a great job narrating. I was bummed when this book ended. It brought a smile to my face every time I listened to it.

    I highly recommend this book!


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

    The ninja intruders


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This is a tough one. I really liked Penny Marshall's description on the Bronx, when she was growing up. I remember my mom telling me about her childhood in Brooklyn around the same time that Penny grew up. It was nice to hear about the boroughs in the 50's and 60s.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Hilarious!


    Any additional comments?

    Before listening to this book, I didn't realize how much Penny and her brother have done for TV and cinema. Thanks Marshalls!

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