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My Mother Was Nuts by Penny Marshall (15)

  • Kindle: 48257 KB
  • Print: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon Publishing (Sept. 18 2012)
  • ASIN: B008L4KRCS


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.



Penny Marshall was an actress, producer, and director. After playing several small roles for television, she was cast as Laverne DeFazio in the sitcom Laverne and Shirley. A ratings success, the show ran from 1976 until 1983, and Marshall received three Golden Globe award nominations for her performance. She went on to direct films such as Big (1988), the first film directed by a woman to gross in excess of $100 million at the U.S. box office, Awakenings (1990), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, and A League of Their Own (1992). She also produced Cinderella Man (2005) and Bewitched (2005), as well as episodes of According to Jim (2009). She also directed an episode of the Showtime original series United States of Tara. She died in December of 2018 at the age of 75.


REVIEW:
Probably one of the best memoirs I have ever read.
I really heard her voice while I was reading. I learned so much about her too. Man, what a life!
Shortly after she passed away I bought this book. It took some time to read it, but I'm so glad I finally did.
This book is literally a timeline. She starts right from birth. You go through her relationships, career, and personal life. Some stuff you will know, but I guarantee there will be a lot you don't know. She had such a colorful life.
If you like memoirs, or even if you aren't sure, read this. It's good, it's solid and it's funny.
I like the photos at the beginning of each chapter too. They're personal, for the most part, so it's quite the glimpse into her world.


5/5



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  1. How interesting! I don't know much about Penny Marshall, but this sounds like a really in-depth memoir.

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