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Not what I expected.,
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This review is from: My Mother Was Nuts (Kindle Edition)I loved watching Laverne and Shirley reruns when I was in college. Penny Marshall played such a likable character. I thought she seemed like someone I'd like to hang out with. After reading (most of) her book, I think she's shallow, self absorbed, and sometimes mean. One good use for the book would be to play the audio version out loud during a party and make it into a drinking game every time she name-drops....but everyone would be passed out within one chapter. Bobby DeNiro, Jack Nicholson, blah blah blah.....hanging out with "stars" and bragging about it does NOT make a person interesting. I am astounded by the number of "dear friends" she has. What a lucky lady! Most people have only a handful of folks they'd qualify as dear friends, but Penny has legions, and they're all rich and famous!
I wonder if Penny is annoyed that what people remember her most for is her role as Laverne and not for the movies she's directed. It seems to me that the point of this book is to let people know that she's SOOO much more than Laverne--she's true Hollywood royalty, as evidenced by her spectacular parties with all of the A-Listers in attendance.
Her deadpan delivery of unwanted pregnancies, abortions, miscarriages, drug use and child abandonment missed the mark, and was frankly disturbing--it made her seem cold, insensitive, and maybe a little sociopathic.
Her best friend Carrie Fisher's book is a much better read--don't waste your money on this garbage.