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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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"From tap-dancing under her mother's tutelage in the Bronx, to Laverne and Shirley's blockbuster TV run, and on to the big screen — both in front of and behind the cameras — Marshall guides readers through it all in this down-to-earth memoir. Featuring a vibrant cast of characters and myriad candid anecdotes, Marshall credits her mother with giving her the confidence she needed to make it big: 'She rehearsed us on subway platforms. People stared. She didn't care.' It paid off — Marshall has had an illustrious career and exciting life, having worked with the likes of Robert DeNiro and Whitney Houston, motorcycled across Europe with Art Garfunkel, and enjoyed close friendships with Carrie Fisher and John Belushi; of her disbelief regarding the latter's tragic death by overdose at the age of 33 she writes, 'John always said he was indestructible, and we believed him. He was John.' There's as much practical, hard-won advice here as there is Hollywood gossip, and Marshall's boundless energy and no-nonsense attitude make for a fun read. Photos. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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From her humble roots in the Bronx to Laverne and Shirley and her unlikely ascent in Hollywood, the beloved actor and director tells the story of her incredible life.

Synopsis:

At the age of twenty-six, Penny Marshall was a divorced mother of one living in the Bronx. One year later she starred in a Head & Shoulders commercial (she was the one with the dandruff) with Farah Fawcett. So began the unlikely career of one of Hollywoods most accomplished directors.

My Mother Was Nuts tells the story of Marshalls incredible life, from her starring role on the classic sitcom Laverne and Shirley to her trailblazing moment as the first woman to direct a movie grossing more than $100 million at the box office.

The book is a behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood life, exploring her friendships with John Belushi, Lorne Michaels, Art Garfunkel, and Carrie Fisher, her marriage and eventual divorce from Rob Reiner, and her experiences working with Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Geena Davis, Denzel Washington, and Drew Barrymore.

This is a book about Hollywood, womanhood, and the power of Spanx.

About the Author

Penny Marshall is an actress, producer, and director. After playing several small roles for television, she was cast as Laverne DeFazio in the sitcom Laverne and Shirley. A ratings success, the show ran from 1976 until 1983, and Marshall received three Golden Globe award nominations for her performance. She went on to direct films such as Big (1988), the first film 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). In more recent years, she has produced Cinderella Man (2005) and Bewitched (2005), as well as episodes of According to Jim (2009).

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Five More Minutes 1

What Were You Expecting—Hedy Lemarr? 8

The Grand Concourse 14

Dinnertime 20

Strictly Ballroom 24

Dear Mom & Dad 32

The Marshall Plan 39

Mucho Grath-e-ath 46

The Facts of Life 52

Mrs. Henry 57

Forget the Gas, I Want the Jell-O 64

Take Everything 70

A Work in Progress 75

Thank God My Brother Had a Job 81

The Manson Murders 87

I Made Him Sick 92

All in the Family 98

Funny Business 106

Out with a Laugh 111

Live from New York 114

Ready for Prime Time 118

Chick Fight 125

From Suds to Stardom 131

Live from New Orleans 135

Wheres Mom? 141

The Remodel 146

Tripping 154

Dirty Laundry 162

Taking Direction 170

Old Friends 176

Good-bye Shirl 182

In the Event of My Death 188

Peggy Sue Blues 193

Jumpin Jack Flash 202

Keeping Things in Perspective 209

Getting Street Cred 213

Heart and Soul 219

A Medical Mystery Tour 231

Batter Up 247

Adding Wood 259

The Gospel 269

The Last Bull Run 280

Riding in Cars 290

Make It Funny, Honey 301

Get Me Some White Castles 306

Five More Minutes 317

Acknowledgments 323

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barbaroma40, September 21, 2012 (view all comments by barbaroma40)
Just finished reading this "memoir" of Penny Marshall, a great read of a family where the kids, Garry, Penny and Ronny stuck together, helped each other throught their lives. Makes you wish you wish you were a part of their lives. A very accurate portrayal of Penny, a wholesome read and I was never let down!!!
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I LOVE PENNY!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780547892627
Author:
Marshall, Penny
Publisher:
New Harvest
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20140520
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
46 b/w images
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "From tap-dancing under her mother's tutelage in the Bronx, to Laverne and Shirley's blockbuster TV run, and on to the big screen — both in front of and behind the cameras — Marshall guides readers through it all in this down-to-earth memoir. Featuring a vibrant cast of characters and myriad candid anecdotes, Marshall credits her mother with giving her the confidence she needed to make it big: 'She rehearsed us on subway platforms. People stared. She didn't care.' It paid off — Marshall has had an illustrious career and exciting life, having worked with the likes of Robert DeNiro and Whitney Houston, motorcycled across Europe with Art Garfunkel, and enjoyed close friendships with Carrie Fisher and John Belushi; of her disbelief regarding the latter's tragic death by overdose at the age of 33 she writes, 'John always said he was indestructible, and we believed him. He was John.' There's as much practical, hard-won advice here as there is Hollywood gossip, and Marshall's boundless energy and no-nonsense attitude make for a fun read. Photos. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , From her humble roots in the Bronx to Laverne and Shirley and her unlikely ascent in Hollywood, the beloved actor and director tells the story of her incredible life.
"Synopsis" by ,
At the age of twenty-six, Penny Marshall was a divorced mother of one living in the Bronx. One year later she starred in a Head & Shoulders commercial (she was the one with the dandruff) with Farah Fawcett. So began the unlikely career of one of Hollywoods most accomplished directors.

My Mother Was Nuts tells the story of Marshalls incredible life, from her starring role on the classic sitcom Laverne and Shirley to her trailblazing moment as the first woman to direct a movie grossing more than $100 million at the box office.

The book is a behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood life, exploring her friendships with John Belushi, Lorne Michaels, Art Garfunkel, and Carrie Fisher, her marriage and eventual divorce from Rob Reiner, and her experiences working with Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Geena Davis, Denzel Washington, and Drew Barrymore.

This is a book about Hollywood, womanhood, and the power of Spanx.

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