Wake Me When It's Funny: How to Break Into Show Business and Stay

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HarperCollins, Jul 1, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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This memoir and show-business primer from one of film and TV's most successful writer-producer-director-actors (Pretty Woman, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, Murphy Brown) gives sound advice on how to create comedy, break into TV, shoot movies, and deal with Hollywood. 40 b/w photos.

Garry ("Allergic to Everything but Success") Marshall has written hundreds of TV scripts, produced and created 14 prime-time series, including The Odd Couple and Happy Days, and has written a number of stage plays. This entertaining portrait of Marshall's life takes readers on a tumultuous, behind-the-scenes journey, from his early days to the peak of sitcom success to his work in movies today. 32 pages of photos.

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I really enjoyed this book. It was a look behind the curtain in the nicest way about how things work in Hollywood. Marshall is a an interesting man and the bookd was geared as an advice book -- if you want to be a writer, director or producer, even an actor, in the movies or on TV. Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Garry Kent Marshall was born in the Bronx, New York on November 13, 1934. He received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. In 1956, he joined the Army and served in South Korea before returning to New York, where he worked briefly for The Daily News, did his comedy routines at night, and wrote jokes for the comedian Joey Bishop. He moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s. He was known for his work on television and in the movies. He wrote scripts for numerous television shows including Make Room for Daddy, The Lucy Show, and The Dick Van Dyke Show. He helped develop Neil Simon's play The Odd Couple into a television series. Marshall also helped create Mork and Mindy, Laverne and Shirley, and Happy Days. He began directing movies in the 1980s. His movies included Nothing in Common, Overboard, Pretty Woman, Beaches, and The Princess Diaries. He wrote the books Wake Me When It's Funny: How to Break into Show Business and Stay There and My Happy Days in Hollywood: A Memoir. He died after a series of strokes on July 19, 2016 at the age of 81.

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