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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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    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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    "LOVE PENNY MARSHALL"
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Jericho, VT, United States 09-14-13
    Ruth Jericho, VT, United States 09-14-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Laughed out loud..."
    Where does My Mother Was Nuts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I listen to some very sad books about things in history...this was just what I was looking for to give my mind and my heart a rest from the sorrow and pain...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Penny


    Which character – as performed by Penny Marshall – was your favorite?

    Penny


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

    I lived my life as I saw best...


    Any additional comments?

    great book I really enjoyed...it took place in my time so that made it even more enjoyable...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter United States 08-18-13
    Peter United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "kinda of boring"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Penny i ok in 28 min but her voice gets old and her then i did........


    If you’ve listened to books by Penny Marshall before, how does this one compare?

    never have and don't want to again


    What three words best describe Penny Marshall’s voice?

    thin,tired and monotone


    What else would you have wanted to know about Penny Marshall’s life?

    not anything


    Any additional comments?

    skip this one

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Zaundra N. Dickey Louisian 08-05-13
    Zaundra N. Dickey Louisian 08-05-13 Member Since 2015

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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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