Synopses & Reviews
Most people know Penny Marshall as the director of Big
and A League of Their Own
. What they donandrsquo;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 Hollywoodandrsquo;s star-studded sets, offering up some hilarious detours along the way.
My Mother Was Nuts is an intimate backstage pass to Pennyandrsquo;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 and Shirley, Penny lived by simple rules: andldquo;try hard, help your friends, donandrsquo;t get too crazy, and have fun.andrdquo; With humor and heart, My Mother Was Nuts reveals thereandrsquo;s no one else quite like Penny Marshall.
"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.
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.
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
Five More Minutesand#8195;1
What Were You Expectingand#8212;Hedy Lemarr?and#8195;8
The Grand Concourseand#8195;14
Dear Mom and Dadand#8195;32
The Marshall Planand#8195;39
The Facts of Lifeand#8195;52
Forget the Gas, I Want the Jell-Oand#8195;64
A Work in Progressand#8195;75
Thank God My Brother Had a Joband#8195;81
The Manson Murdersand#8195;87
I Made Him Sickand#8195;92
All in the Familyand#8195;98
Out with a Laughand#8195;111
Live from New Yorkand#8195;114
Ready for Prime Timeand#8195;118
From Suds to Stardomand#8195;131
Live from New Orleansand#8195;135
In the Event of My Deathand#8195;188
Peggy Sue Bluesand#8195;193
Jumpinand#8217; Jack Flashand#8195;202
Keeping Things in Perspectiveand#8195;209
Getting Street Credand#8195;213
Heart and Souland#8195;219
A Medical Mystery Tourand#8195;231
The Last Bull Runand#8195;280
Riding in Carsand#8195;290
Make It Funny, Honeyand#8195;301
Get Me Some White Castlesand#8195;306
Five More Minutesand#8195;317