My Mother was Nuts: A Memoir

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 326 pages
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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.



  

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User Review  - Jim B - Goodreads

Full Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book through GoodReads. I recommend this book for: fans of Penny Marshall / "Laverne", people who love celebrity memoirs with lots of name dropping ... Read full review

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User Review  - Natalie - Goodreads

I knew Penny Marshall from different things so was interested in her memoir. It was an interesting read. She seems like an interesting lady. Her personality, spunk, and at time,s actual way of ... Read full review

Contents

2 What didya expect Hedy Lamarr?
8
3 The Grand Concourse
14
4 Dinnertime
20
5 Strictly Ballroom
24
6 Dear Mom Dad
32
7 The Marshall Plan
39
8 Mucho Gratheath
46
9 The Facts of Life
52
27 Tripping
154
28 Dirty Laundry
162
29 Taking Direction
170
30 Old Friends
176
31 Goodbye Shirl
182
32 In the Event of My Death
188
33 Peggy Sue Blues
193
34 Jumpin Jack Flash
202

10 Mrs Henry
57
11 Forget the Gas I Want the JellO
64
12 Take Everything
70
13 A Work in Progress
75
14 Thank God My Brother Had a Job
81
15 The Manson Murders
87
16 I Made Him Sick
92
17 All in the Family
98
18 Funny Business
106
19 Out with a Laugh
111
20 Live from New York
114
21 Ready for Prime Time
118
22 Chick Fight
125
23 From Suds to Stardom
131
24 Live from New Orleans
135
25 Wheres Mom?
141
26 The Remodel
146
35 Keeping Things in Perspective
209
36 Getting Street Cred
213
37 Heart and Soul
219
38 A Medical Mystery Tour
231
39 Batter Up
247
40 Adding Wood
259
41 The Gospel
269
42 The Last Bull Run
280
43 Riding in Cars
290
44 Make It Funny Honey
301
45 Get Me Some White Castles
306
46 Five More Minutes
317
Back Matter
323
Back Flap
327
Back Cover
328
Spine
329
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About the author (2012)

Penny Marshall is an actress, producer, and director. From 1976 until 1983, she starred as Laverne DeFazio in the classic TV sitcom Laverne and Shirley . She went on to direct films such as Big (1988), the first movie 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), which also made over $100 million in the U.S. More recently, she has directed episodes of United States of Tara (2009) and guest-starred on Portlandia (2011).

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