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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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Holy &hit This is Funny.

If you could sum up My Mother Was Nuts in three words, what would they be?

SHE'S SO FUNNY!
Who knew that Penny Marshall was so thoroughly connected to EVERYBODY in the movie biz? Man, I'd have loved to been a fly on the wall at one of those parties.

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

The title drew me in. My mother's nuts too. The title is the whole reason I bought the book because I really knew very little about Marshall. But the unique, wonderful spirit of this woman unfolds in each chapter in a way that you just don't want to stop listening. I had FUN listening to her stories in the same way that I had fun watching her play Laverne. She is enormously talented and a great movie director.

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

Herself.

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

It made me laugh out loud when she talked about how she can only do one accent: Bronx. That's it. And we love her for it.

Any additional comments?

I think Marshall did a wonderful job of including Cindy Williams, despite the rocky paths they've taken into the present. They're forever tied in our memories of Laverne and Shirley, and I think she very delicately and respectfully remembered her friend. No wonder Carrie loves her so much. She's loyal...and honest.

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  • seneca sc
  • 07-06-13

love penny marshall

If you could sum up My Mother Was Nuts in three words, what would they be?

Penny Marshall's Truth

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course Penny Marshall; it's her memoir

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

On TV. Laverne was Penny.

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

Penny's battle with an unstoppable cigarette addiction

Any additional comments?

One wishes the f-word had been reserved for just a few occasions. But that is her vernacular. Her book was more than I expected. She was blessed to have doors opened by her famous brother, but she delivered the goods and more. An interesting autobiography.

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  • Marla
  • COLUMBIA FALLS, MT, United States
  • 06-14-13

I guess I should probably just READ the book.

I was flabbergasted that people are saying how much they like listening to Penny Marshall. I just can't get into the book because I feel like I am listening to an amateur read. She talks to fast....it sounds like she is trying to hurry up and get done. I would like to read her story though but I am going to ask for a refund on this one.

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  • Rebecca R.
  • Caledonia, New York United States
  • 02-28-13

Maybe it runs in the family.......

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Ms. Marshall has had an incredible life. I enjoyed listening to her tales during my morning commute. As a forty-something (actual age withheld!) I grew up with Laverne and Shirley. Just the sound of her voice took me back 30 years. Plus, I will never listen to Simon and Garfunkel the same way again. She's had an amazing life and, while I wouldn't hope my children do many of the things she has done, she is still a respectable and funny person. I completely enjoyed this book.

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  • Connie
  • Moulton, TX, United States
  • 01-31-13

Great book

Where does My Mother Was Nuts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was a great story and told well.

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

How much she loved her mom.

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

Her divorce from rob.

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  • Beverly
  • Clifton, NJ, United States
  • 01-05-13

Penny Does Not Disappoint!!!

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! This audiobook should not be missed! Penny's narration is spectacular!!! I bought the hardcover book when it first came out. It sat on my nightstand for a couple of months until I discovered the Audible version.....I listed to the sample recording and I KNEW that I must buy the audio version. Boy was I right! This was a terrific book -- filled with funny, heart warming, interesting stories and characters. Love Penny!

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Details, Details!!

Where does My Mother Was Nuts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

3

What did you like best about this story?

raw truth

Any additional comments?

Penny is just funny effortlessly. I enjoyed her life story and the many, many other celebrities she met along the way that colored her journey. I love her delivery..as if she was just sitting across the kitchen table from me sharing a story.

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Mom wasn't the only nut.

What disappointed you about My Mother Was Nuts?

Name dropping in the extreme. Never really showed any emotional connection with her mother except when telling about her dying.

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

Not is she was going to narrate it She should have taken breaks to blow her nose.

What didn’t you like about Penny Marshall’s performance?

Felt like she was reading just to get through with it. Also needed to blow her nose and not sniff while reading.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from My Mother Was Nuts?

The endless lists of names that didn't add anything to the story.

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Great listen, Great performance

Where does My Mother Was Nuts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of my favorite audiobooks. Of the recent autobiographies it is just behind Tina Fey's Bossypants and probably tied with William Shatner's Shatner Rules.

What did you like best about this story?

The best thing is that as Penny Marshall is reading her book, it is like she is not reading. Rather it feels like she is telling us something she just thought of.

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

Near the end of the book Penny is giving acknowledgements. Even though she told us about some of her lovers you wonder how many are left out. But then Penny, "oh, and there were a few other guys I slept with, thanks to them too". That was a piece of honesty that is missing from most autobiographies.

Any additional comments?

It was great to be reminded of some of Penny's hits including A League of Their Own.

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Hollywood behind the scenes

Would you consider the audio edition of My Mother Was Nuts to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the print version.

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

Perhaps to Jay Leno's autobiography with lots of tales about his mother. Also hilariousl

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

Penny herself.

Any additional comments?

I have enjoyed this book more than I expected to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful