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.
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.
The example she displayed in her support of the NYC firefighters (as well as NYC itself) after 9-11.
Her. If I read the book I would be hearing my voice, my pauses, my emotion .. not hers. Her reading is classic Laverne.
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 .......
I have not read the book as reading puts me to sleep.
Hearing all her interactions with other stars.
I love her accent.
I think Penny is refreshing and truthful. I don't think her mom was nuts just a little eccentric.
This book made me laugh and that is good for you. I couldn't wait to get back to listening to Penny moderate.
YES YES YES! So much fun really i almost peed myself. that was on the first chapter.
How everyone is crazy in the most magical kind of way.
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.
GO PEE BEFORE YO SEE THIS MOVIE!!
I love this book!
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.
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.
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.
Wish I knew one.
Her humor & how she felt about her life experiences.
Everyone's lucky Penny
Thoroughly enjoy listening to this book...sorry it is over.
Fan of mostly non-fiction, mostly biographies, autobiographies and histories.
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.
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.
It made me laugh and cry.
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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