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My Mother Was Nuts Audiobook

My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

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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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    barb531 ny 01-15-17
    barb531 ny 01-15-17 Member Since 2013
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    "5 more minutes"

    I wish this book went on for 5 more minutes. I was born in Brooklyn in 1960 and wow could I relate to all Penny's fun memories growing up in a New York boro and the realness of a true New York. She is a great talent and lived an interesting life. This is a must read for anyone born from 1940s to 2000. I listened to the book with my 24 year old and she was laughing out loud. I must of said OMG I forgot about that , I played that too 50 times. Penny I need just 5 more minutes!

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    Lisalyons123 01-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very Entertaining"

    Kept me listening! loved hearing about how she grew up, the famous friends she had, including Carrie Fisher, Rob Reiner, Art Garfunkel. and the stories behind the scenes of some of my favorite movies. great!

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    Kindle Customer 12-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic!!!!"

    So much I did not know about her!!! Laughed all the way through the book!

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    James M. Patton 11-20-16

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    "This Is Why I Buy Autobiographies Read By Author!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Mother Was Nuts to be better than the print version?

    I can say yes, even though I have never read the print version, because the joys and sorrows that come through epitomize why I buy books read by the author. When Penny Marshall cries while discussing the death of her mom, you cry with her, and experience a moment rarely experienced with an author. This goes for all of the ups and downs of her life. You really get the feelings she intended by hearing her read it to you.


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

    When Penny shares with you the loss of her mother. Also, any time she feels something is a crock of "sh*t" and other expletives that she pulls off perfectly.


    What does Penny Marshall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her emotion. You are having a one sided conversation by having her read it to you.


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

    I did cry a couple times, and that is rare for me when listening to a book. This book is special, because Ms. Marshall is special and shares her story in her voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Love, Love, Love this book!!!!

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    Kathryn Prusick Gould 10-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great!"

    I loved listening to her tell about her family and projects! I totally recommend this book!

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    Mia J Grabner Warrenton, VA USA 09-21-16
    Mia J Grabner Warrenton, VA USA 09-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic!"

    This is a book where you will listen even through the acknowledgments. Be ready for a fun ride through an amazing life.

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    BlueBoots6 09-03-16
    BlueBoots6 09-03-16
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    "You'll laugh and know Penny Marshall"

    It is refreshing to listen to a person's life story, who is comfortable in her own skin. At times, there is a feeling that Penny Marshall is visiting with you, like a friend you haven't seen for awhile and you bumped into on the street. Her humorous, generous and easy going personality reflect her appreciation for the relationships in her life.

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    Gina68 Texas 08-29-16
    Gina68 Texas 08-29-16
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    "Loved it!"

    Love Penny and loved the book :) You can't go wrong with this read...lots of interesting and funny stories that made me get strange looks while flying from my seat mates!

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    Sfbelle San Francisco, CA 08-01-16
    Sfbelle San Francisco, CA 08-01-16
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    "FUNNY...POIGNANT...WONDERFUL"
    Where does My Mother Was Nuts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5...delightful.


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

    Penny scattering her mother's ashes from Lorne Michael's office and singing the song her mother wrote for her dancing class students.


    What about Penny Marshall’s performance did you like?

    Her honesty...refreshing and engaging


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

    Both! Sometimes at the same time...sign of a good book and and even better reader


    Any additional comments?

    I have always been a fan of Penny Marshall. She's a magnificent director and a very talented woman. This book is worth its weight in gold...don't hesitate.

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    Scott Alexander Lakeland, FL United States 06-05-16
    Scott Alexander Lakeland, FL United States 06-05-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Very entertaining, but I'm not very picky"

    I really enjoyed listening to Penny Marshall's autobiography in her own narration. I know some found her New York-accented voice a bit grating, but I didn't mind it. Much better than listening to a Southern accent and I'm from Florida. I liked almost everything about her life story. More stories about her time as director/producer would have been better content than mentioning Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, or basketball at all. Those were boring and I skip them every time I re-listen to the audio book. She could write/collaborate on a book (and narrate it) about the dos and don'ts of acting and directing and it would be extremely entertaining. I recommend this audiobook to her fans as well as all aspiring actresses/actors and directors.

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