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.
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.
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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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.
Say something about yourself!
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!
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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.
Before listening to this book, I didn't realize how much Penny and her brother have done for TV and cinema. Thanks Marshalls!
I remember her fromLaverne and Shirley. Hearing her gritty voice tell her story was a great experience. I didn't know much about her great career so was impressed by her growth in directing. She is funny throughout and this was something I admire, her ability to laugh at difficult occurrences in her life. She is honest and forthright! I recommend this especially if you are interested in movies and want to learn more about her as a director. She's a sweetheart, enjoy!
I grew up with Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley and would have thought this would have been much more interesting. I was pretty bored. The numerous chapters on her childhood were not that interesting, and I ended up starting to skip chapters looking for the "good stuff" such as the Laverne and Shirley heydays. Even that wasn't very interesting. I finally gave up on the book.
When you come right down to it, the secret to having it all is believing that you do! :)
Love Penny's accent and style. Her voice made the book even better. She gave such a funny account of her life and family. Shared a lot of personal stories both good and bad. Brutal honesty was appreciated here.
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