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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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    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 Lodi, CA, United States 06-12-13
    Gayle Lodi, CA, United States 06-12-13 Member Since 2009
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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.

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    Kindle Customer Reno, NV, United States 05-09-13
    Kindle Customer Reno, NV, United States 05-09-13 Member Since 2013
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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 United States 04-01-13
    Joanne United States 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.


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    J. Clayton, CA, United States 03-12-13
    J. Clayton, CA, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Bronx Cheers for Penny"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it's in Penny's own voice, Bronx accent and all, giving the best telling of her memories as you're going to get and enjoy!


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    James DOWNERS GROVE, IL, United States 03-11-13
    James DOWNERS GROVE, IL, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Penny Marshall....Awesome"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was very entertaining, as much as I have always liked Penny Marshall, I like her even more after reading this book.


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

    The story of her relationship with "Artie" Garfunkel an the stories of how her first movies, Jumping Jack Flash and Big came about were fascinating.


    Any additional comments?

    Just an overall good book. If you like entertainment biographies, you will love this book.

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    L Kangas Texas 03-04-13
    L Kangas Texas 03-04-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Fun story, very entertaining."
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Penny Marshall is a hoot. Her antics combined with her dry delivery kept me laughing non-stop.


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    Sylvia CLINTON, SC, United States 02-26-13
    Sylvia CLINTON, SC, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Penny Marshall cracks me up!"
    What did you love best about My Mother Was Nuts?

    Her narration is hilarious because her accent and her voice are so unique. But also, whenever an actor narrates their OWN story there are elements that come to life that just aren't there when somebody else tells it. Her description of her parents and siblings are really great and insightful, and her childhood and experiences through college and in Hollywood of course are all really interesting to hear about. She's known so many famous people over the years, you can't help but love hearing about her interactions with them all and her perspective on everyone.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book is about her, so of course I like her the best.


    Have you listened to any of Penny Marshall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Typically I look for longer books since I have a long commute to work and need something to pass the time.


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't know who Penny Marshall is, this probably is not the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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