It’s more of the Best of 2012 and today we focus on notable lives. First is Bob’s interview with Penny Marshall. She was the first female director to make a movie grossing over $100 million but she calls her successful Hollywood career a “happy accident.” Marshall wrote her memoir this year, talking about playing the tough-talking tomboy in the sitcom Laverne and Shirley and telling funny stories about her famous friends. It’s called My Mother Was Nuts.
Then, Rodriguez. He is an American folk singer discovered in Detroit in the late 1960s. His music received praise from critics but sales bombed and he dropped off the scene mysteriously, only to unknowingly become the voice of justice in apartheid South Africa. Filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul captured the story in this year’s documentary Searching for Sugar Man, which is the subject of lots of Oscar buzz. [Broadcast Date: December 27, 2012]
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