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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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By GaylM on 10-17-12

Listen up - not to be read!

What did you love best about My Mother Was Nuts?

I loved listening to Penny Marshall for over 8 hours - I wish it could have been longer!

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

Too many to remember, it is such a great memoir.

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

Her own. She does a good impression of herself!

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

I laughed more with this book than any other I've listened to. Without a doubt.

Any additional comments?

This is not a book to be read - it MUST be listened to. Penny's voice makes her own life story so much more real & visual.

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By Kim on 10-03-12

Great Memoir - Penny Marshall is awesome!

Wow - what an amazing lady and an amazing life! Penny Marshall broke boundaries and found success without really knowing what she was doing - her incredible talent and intelligence drove her through it all. She is honest, humble, and above all, hilarious - plus her narration skills are superb (she has the vocabulary of a trucker - not offensive to me at all but you probably don't want your 6 year old to listen with you unless you want them to learn the proper usage of the f-word in all of its glory). I really enjoyed hearing about her antics with her Hollywood pals and the inside info on how movies and television shows are made. I wish all memoirs were like this - Penny should teach a class.

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By emma on 08-01-16

A New York Charmer

The funny and self-deprecating Penny Marshall guides us through her adventurous life - from her upbringing in New York City, creating the role of Laverne in Laverne & Shirley, various relationships and marriages, to becoming the first female director of a $100-million-dollar movie (Big). Her New York energy and wit shine through in this charming memoir, along with her striking NY accent. Plenty of A-List name-dropping, too.

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