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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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  • Sfbelle
  • San Francisco, CA
  • 08-01-16

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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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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  • LMD
  • USA
  • 05-21-16

Fabulous!

If you grew up loving Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley or loved A League of Their Own, get this book! Penny Marshall is heartwarming, funny, risqué, and down to earth. One of the best books I've listened to in a very long time.

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Loved it. Penny was hysterically funny.

I felt like I lost my best friend when I finished it. I am from Brooklyn so her accent was like coming home.

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Her voice

Loved that it was HER voice and enjoyed it on a kid free two days with the flu. If I fell asleep I rewound back to the part I remembered hearing last instead of considering it a loss. Thanks Penny. You feel like a friend. That is not creepy right? JB

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  • Maggie
  • BENTON HARBOR, MI, United States
  • 05-11-16

love Penny Marshall!!

great book, great narrator, was able to get through my 14 mile run without it feeling like a chore!

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Excellent book!

Penny is an amazing woman who stays true to herself no matter what! You can't help but feel everything with her as she chronicles her extra ordinary life!

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Meh

It didn't really engage me...maybe another time. GOD! Twenty words really? How many is this?

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laughed so loud I had to leave the house.

I started the book early in the morning. I was laughing so much I had to leave not to wake anyone. My friend Kimberly and I played Laverne and Shirley as girls. I was Laverne so when I saw the familiar photo on the cover. I had to read the book. Thank you for the great laughs. I finished it in one day.

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I ENJOYED THIS VERY MUCH. Penny is very funny!!

What made the experience of listening to My Mother Was Nuts the most enjoyable?

minimum of 15 words? well, I just loved listening to her. her voice alone made me laugh.
I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much reading it myself. AUDIO BOOKS ARE THE BEST INVENTION EVER!!!

Any additional comments?

If you like Penny marshal its a must! I had forgotten about her being on the very first episode of 'Saturday Night Live' and all the great movies she directed. I LOVED THIS BOOK!