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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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Laverne was always my favorite!

I learned a lot listening to this. I really enjoyed listening to the author read it herself.

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that voice!

not literature but a very entertaining glimpse of an amazing and resilient woman whose work influenced my life. Penny is a powerhouse and I never knew how much so until now. loved it and love her!

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So Down to Earth

I have loved Penny Marshall ever since I was a kid watching her and Cindy Williams on "Laverne & Shirley." I knew she directed & produced some well known movies, but I never knew how many or that some of my favorites were done by her. For someone so well known and friends with the biggest names in Hollywood, she has stayed true to herself and not given in to the glitz and glam. She seems like someone that if she moved in next door to you, she would say, "Yeah, I'm Penny Marshall. So what. Ya got something to drink? I'm dyin' over here!"

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Funny, real, interesting and enjoyable.

I admired Penny while watching her in my youth and later while watching her entertaining and enjoyable movies...especially League of Their Own!!

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A must listen more than a must read

When I first started listening to this book I must admit I had to get used to Penny's tone of voice. Or perhaps I should say her Bronx accent. That being said it only took a matter of minutes before I was completely enamored to
with this wonderful star who has lived a very exciting and charmed life. The book is honest and witty and you really have to listen to it to appreciate it. You know we get to learn about Penny but you learn a lot about her friends and her family. This is one of those books that I will probably listen to a few times over again

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Great-amundo!

This was fantastic. Penny is real and revealing without trashing others. She is a smart lady with a wicked, dry sense of humor. You are guaranteed to laugh out loud at last occasionally and feel like you've gotten to know this entertainer by the time you are through. And maybe you will feel like you've learned a life lesson or two along the way - I did. Warning - strong language and adult themes throughout, if that concerns you. Two Fonzie thumbs up!

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This book will grab your heart !!!

What about Penny Marshall’s performance did you like?

Penny is very human, and ths book feels real - and it is. I wish she would do many more - After all this is the only ONLY audible book that I could listen to fully !!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

of course.. it is great

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One of those books you have to listen to

When I first saw this book on Amazon I knew it would be a joy to read and something to make me laugh. However, when I saw that the author narrated it, I immediately got it and listened. This is one of those books where you need to hear the author tell her story. If you know anything about Penny Marshall, you know that she has such fabulous comedic timing and such a specific way she talks that reading her story without hearing her tell it is losing out on half the fun. I HIGHLY recommend this audiobook to anyone who likes autobiographies and behind the scenes stories of TV's Golden Age.

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My Mother Was Nuts

Loved it. Another crazy wonderful family. We are not alone. I laughed and cried a bit too.

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Very enjoyable

I enjoyed this more than I expected. Listening to Penny tell her story in her own voice was just fun. She's not a polished voice over actress but that's the appeal - nobody else could read this story aloud like she does. Now I'm thinking of buying her brother's book - I'm not ready to put this family down just yet.