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My Mother Was Nuts Hardcover – September 18, 2012
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On the heels of her brother Garry’s memoir, My Happy Days in Hollywood (2012), comes Marshall’s own recounting of her career as an actress and a director. The youngest of three, Marshall grew up in an apartment in the Bronx and reluctantly attended her mother’s dance school. Her college career was cut short by pregnancy, which led to a brief marriage. After her marriage fell apart, Marshall found her way to Hollywood to give acting a shot. A guest-starring role in her brother’s hit show Happy Days turned out to be fortuitous, leading to Marshall’s own show, Laverne & Shirley, a big success that ran for eight seasons and made Marshall famous. When the show ended, Marshall added directing to her credits, taking her first gig with the Whoopi Goldberg movie Jumping Jack Flash and going on to helm classics such as Big, Awakenings, and A League of Their Own. Hollywood aficionados will get a kick out of Marshall’s anecdotes about her circle of friends, including Albert Brooks, John Belushi, and Carrie Fisher, all told in a funny, down-to-earth manner. --Kristine Huntley
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I did not know much about Penny Marshall's life outside of what television shows made her famous and that she became a director later in her career. Her story is fascinating and full of funny and touching moments. Many who reviewed this say she abandoned her child but they need to read more closely because she did not.
She is unapologetically honest about her past and how a bit of nepotism got her a start. Penny also holds little back in admitting her drug use, her rocky relationship with her parents, her lackluster abilities as a mother or her grumpiness when she was a cancer patient. She knows her faults and doesn't try to sugarcoat them or brush them off. She is also hilarious, loving and an amazing director. After reading My Mother Was Nuts I have a deeper respect for Penny.
She writes the way she talks so you will probably hear her voice too.
Funny and bittersweet, at times, my only criticism is that it was over too soon.
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Penny Marshall is an original!
I recommend this to anyone born before 2000. You'll remember lots if the references and movies.