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.
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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
I enjoyed listening to Penny reminisce about growing up in the Bronx. Her stories are heartwarming and she obviously loves her family and friends .
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.
Penny Marshall definitely seems to be down to earth in the book despite her celebrity status.
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!
Uh, Penny of course.
There were so many! Hard to say!
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.
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!
The ninja intruders
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!
"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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