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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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    Linda 01-30-14
    Linda 01-30-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Appreciated Her Honesty"

    I was not a big fan of Laverne and Shirley. I did enjoy some of the films Peny Marshall directed, particularly "Big" and "A League of Their Own". I doubt I would have bought this book had it not been on sale.

    My first concern was whether I could tolerate Ms. Marshall's unique voice. I got used to it and didn't find it irritating. This is a very personal story. It wouldn't seem authentic if it were narrated by anyone else.

    I grew up in a suburb in a reasonably well functioning family. I enjoy my rather ordinary life, Ms. Marshall's life has been vastly different from mine and I was intrigued to learn about it. Much of the book is a recitation of events in a mostly chronological order.

    What appealed to me most is Ms. Marshall's honesty and lack of pretention. I don't believe this is a great book. but liked it and I like Penny Marshall.

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    Susan San Dimas, CA, United States 01-27-14
    Susan San Dimas, CA, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2010

    I'm going from chapter to chapter in life. Some are definitely better than others!

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    "Like Comfort Food Read By a Friend"

    What's not to like? The book just wouldn't be the same if it weren't read by Penny Marshall but it took me a bit to get used to her voice. By the end of her book I still wanted to hear more, so maybe my ears were the problem. I'm just glad I came across My Mother Was Nuts. Penny Marshall is so much more than LaVerne. She shares her ups, downs and adventuring all arounds, with honesty and heart. My Mother Was Nuts is like a visit from an old friend. I hope Penny stops by again soon.

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    anne maniscalco san anselmo, ca United States 01-24-14
    anne maniscalco san anselmo, ca United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Penny Marshall is amazing, her work and her story."
    Where does My Mother Was Nuts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?


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

    BossyPants - by Tina Fey - so fun when they read their stories


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

    Love that she read the book, was like she was telling you story. She is so likeable and funny.


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

    laugh laugh laugh.. & applaud her success she worked hard and was so successful in entertaining us all these years.


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    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 01-18-14
    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 01-18-14 Member Since 2006

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Laverne and a whole lot more"

    This memoir touched on a lot of the pop culture that I grew up watching. Penny has had an interesting life and this book tells it with honesty and entertainingly. I grew up watching Laverne and Shirley but had no idea of the goings on around Penny and all of the people she knows. From her family and marriages, to all the TV people, movie people, musicians, sports figures, drugs and wild times, Penny gets her story out. Usually I prefer that authors don't read their own material, but listening to Penny's story, it was clear that this time it was the right thing to do. I enjoyed the listen

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    Jodie Middletown, NY, United States 01-16-14
    Jodie Middletown, NY, United States 01-16-14 Member Since 2014

    I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.

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    "Very Good - I enjoyed it!"

    I struggled with a rating for this book because although I really enjoyed it and feel others will enjoy it too, I didn't feel it was worth 5 stars. Yet, while actually putting in the score, I wasn't sure. There is something about this book that makes it special. Sometimes it got a little long-winded, especially when she talked about people in the business that I really didn't recognize, but in the end, I somehow felt that Penny was a close friend and I knew the real her. I think there is something to be said for that. I was surprised at the way in which she lived her life and connected with her on many levels - the book was somewhat inspiring to me. I don't think everyone will find this book inspiring though - I think it affected me this way because we had some of the same feelings and issues in common. Penny reads this book herself, like someone reading out loud, not like other audible readers. At the beginning I wasn't sure that I liked that, but then I realized it really couldn't be any other way - by reading it herself, it lent something to the book.

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    T. L. Oksner 01-14-14

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    "Grating Voice, Good Story"
    What would have made My Mother Was Nuts better?

    Having a different narrator, or Penny Marshall taking voice lessons


    Would you be willing to try another book from Penny Marshall? Why or why not?

    No. Her voice is grating and she reads like a primary school student: no emotion or cadence to her voice at all.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Proper pauses, better rhythm to her reading. And her accent is distracting.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Metung, Australia 12-16-13
    Steve Metung, Australia 12-16-13 Member Since 2010
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    I could not get past the voice. I really am sorry but an hour in I had to stop.

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    Amazon Customer EDMOND, OK, United States 10-09-13
    Amazon Customer EDMOND, OK, United States 10-09-13
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    "I was sad when it ended!"
    Where does My Mother Was Nuts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As far as comedy based, it was the first and it motivated me to buy more because it was so good.


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

    Billy Cystals's Stll Foolin' 'Em. Marshal's too was laugh out loud funny but also had some very touching moments as well.. She has a similar positive way of viewing difficult life experiences.


    What about Penny Marshall’s performance did you like?

    Her authentic, natural voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, when her and her brother funded a dance program/studio at a university bearing her mother's name.


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    Amazon Customer Pico Rivera,CA 09-30-13
    Amazon Customer Pico Rivera,CA 09-30-13 Member Since 2014

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    "I love this woman."
    What did you love best about My Mother Was Nuts?

    I was going through a rough time in my life and thought maybe I should listen to books by strong successful woman to get my brain back in the game. This was one of many and by far my favorite. Besides the fact that she has that awesome accent that I literally can listen to all day, she has lead an amazing life. Great story, totally inspiring and vo-dee-oh-doe-doe.


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    Tyler United States 09-27-13
    Tyler United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2014
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    If you could sum up My Mother Was Nuts in three words, what would they be?

    Performed by author


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

    When she reunited a currently feuding Simon & Garfunkel with an awkward request for a living room concert.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Tripping on acid and calling Gary for help.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she spoke about her mother passing.


    Any additional comments?

    It's so rare that an author reads their own audio book and I wish more did. After listening and reliving this book with Penny you will see why Penny being ABOUT THE WORK had to do it herself. A true gem of a person and I am so grateful she did this.

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