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My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir | [Penny Marshall]

My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz
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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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    Zaundra N. Dickey Louisian 08-05-13
    Zaundra N. Dickey Louisian 08-05-13 Member Since 2012

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    Where does My Mother Was Nuts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was so funny and very interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the way Penny Marshall read her book. She could put her own feelings and emotions into the book


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hum? I liked when she discussed the making of Big.


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

    It made me laugh.


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    mad 07-22-13
    mad 07-22-13
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    Would you consider the audio edition of My Mother Was Nuts to be better than the print version?

    Listening to Penny Marshall read this book is like listening to a friend (albiet from the New York part of the country) talk to you. Don't expect a slick read. That isn't this book and I dont think that that is Ms. Marshall. Sometimes fast. Sometime gravily. All the time Bronx.


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

    The example she displayed in her support of the NYC firefighters (as well as NYC itself) after 9-11.


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

    Her. If I read the book I would be hearing my voice, my pauses, my emotion .. not hers. Her reading is classic Laverne.


    Any additional comments?

    I usually read history books so this book was a stretch for me. I had an extra credit so "what the heck" I thought. I remembered enjoying her tv show, so why not buy the book.

    In a way this was a history lesson of sorts. The people she has known; the relationships and loyalty she extended to so many and the way she lived her chronicled 4 decades made me think that her life is indeed a well lived one.

    Unlike a lot of public figures, I think she has shown us thru her book that working hard and being responsible and respectful - done with a good dose of honesty and humor -that life ends up working out. Maybe her mama wasn't all that nuts .......

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    Judy Henscheid 07-14-13
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    "I enjoyed listening to Penny do the reading."
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Mother Was Nuts to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the book as reading puts me to sleep.


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

    Hearing all her interactions with other stars.


    What about Penny Marshall’s performance did you like?

    I love her accent.


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

    I think Penny is refreshing and truthful. I don't think her mom was nuts just a little eccentric.


    Any additional comments?

    This book made me laugh and that is good for you. I couldn't wait to get back to listening to Penny moderate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tami kamuela, HI, United States 07-02-13
    tami kamuela, HI, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "GO PEE BEFORE YOU START THIS BOOK!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES YES YES! So much fun really i almost peed myself. that was on the first chapter.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How everyone is crazy in the most magical kind of way.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every chapter it would be imposable to pick just one. I do want to be one of her friends who come to visit and stay for years at a time.


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

    GO PEE BEFORE YO SEE THIS MOVIE!!


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Heinrich Oregon 06-27-13
    Susan Heinrich Oregon 06-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Do You Enjoy Laughing?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Penny Marshall keeps your attention throughout this book. It took me a little while to get used to her accent. Those of us on the West Coast don't have one! Penny is so honest with the good and the bad - so transparent. What an incredible life she's had so far. Any thing she decides to do, she's done well. Loyal to a fault to her friends, family and the projects she's involved with. What a work ethic she has! Read or listen to her book, you won't be able to put it down.


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    Gayle 06-12-13
    Gayle 06-12-13
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    Let me start by saying that I really like Penny Marshall. She seems genuine. She calls them like she sees them.

    My major disappointment with the book was, oddly enough, Penny's narration. She seemed to stumble over the words sometimes, and I felt like she was reading (and not that well). About halfway through the book, I stopped being distracted by the narration. Whether this is because I got used to it, or whether Penny became more engaged in the performance, I don't know.

    My narration complaint aside, I'm glad Penny was given her "five more minutes" and that she chose to share her story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 05-09-13
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    I'm not very good at reviewing books, I just know what I like and what interests me. If your a Penny Marshall fan, you'll probably love this book, because what you see in her is what you get in this book. She takes you from her young childhood to her life in the present and it's like her LaVerne character all over again, I had to chuckle at her honesty and how "normal" or "real" she really is in her reaction to things in her life. She just is who she is, take her or leave her, and she makes no apologies.

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    Nancy S. Parker atlanta, ga 04-29-13
    Nancy S. Parker atlanta, ga 04-29-13 Member Since 2012

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    What did you love best about My Mother Was Nuts?

    Her truthfulness.


    What other book might you compare My Mother Was Nuts to and why?

    Wish I knew one.


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

    Her humor & how she felt about her life experiences.


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

    Everyone's lucky Penny


    Any additional comments?

    Thoroughly enjoy listening to this book...sorry it is over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne 04-01-13
    Joanne 04-01-13 Member Since 2002

    Fan of mostly non-fiction, mostly biographies, autobiographies and histories.

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    "Excellent: funny, poignant, engaging, a hoot!"

    This is a real treat.Thoroughly enjoyable. Well-written, good stories, genuine. Some funny, some poignant, an engaging self portrait of an interesting, clever, caring human being who has entertained us in many ways for many years. And this is one of those memoirs that's enhanced because it's read, and read well, by its author. Her inflections add to the humorous story-telling, but her emotional inflections in describing family events also connect to the listener in a universally human way.

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    Judy College Point, NY, United States 03-26-13
    Judy College Point, NY, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2010

    Granny Judi

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    What did you love best about My Mother Was Nuts?

    The numerous famous people that the author had crossed paths with as a child and young woman before she entered the entertainment world of acting and directing.


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

    It made me laugh and cry.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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