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My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir by Penny Marshall

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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.



  • I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. Initially, it felt like Penny was rushing through her story, which detracted from the content. However, a few chapters in, she settles into a more relaxed and conversational tone. Despite not being a strictly chronological account, the narrative flows smoothly and remains engaging. Penny's storytelling is filled with humor, honesty, and a certain irreverence that adds to the overall enjoyment. Her extensive professional and personal experiences and connections bring depth to the memoir. Similar to Garry Marshall's memoir, I found myself wanting to revisit their stories for their frankness and comedic delivery.
  • As a native New Yorker and a fan of Penny Marshall, I easily connected with this memoir. The story had moments that were absolutely hilarious, as well as moments that were sentimental and brutally honest. One thing that really stood out to me was hearing her authentic New York accent, which is not something you come across every day, especially when living in Texas. I eagerly looked forward to listening to the book every day just to hear her voice. Penny Marshall's reflections on her youth were particularly raw and moving. The fact that she remembers so much about it and is willing to share it made me feel like I was right there in her mother's dance studio. Whenever she talked about the midnight gatherings with fellow artists and friends, I felt like I was a part of the story too. I found myself bursting out laughing numerous times while listening to this book, and there were even moments where I shed a few tears. It was evident in her voice just how genuinely she felt the pain she was going through. I want to express my gratitude to Penny Marshall for sharing her story and her unique voice. This is definitely a book that I will keep in my library and listen to again in the future. I highly recommend it to those who can appreciate that distinct New York accent, as it may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's definitely worth acquiring that taste!
  • I really enjoyed this memoir! Penny Marshall is absolutely captivating and vividly describes her childhood in the Bronx. It was so fascinating to discover more about her successful career and the other talented individuals from her neighborhood who also made it big in the entertainment industry. Penny's voice is unmistakably her own, but her authentic accent adds to the charm of her narrative. This book is brimming with entertaining stories and honest self-reflection (though there's more emphasis on the entertaining anecdotes). I breezed through it in no time.
  • I was completely blown away by the fact that people are actually claiming to enjoy listening to Penny Marshall. Personally, I couldn't really get into the book due to the feeling that I was listening to someone who lacked experience in reading. It seemed like she was speaking too quickly, as if she was in a rush to finish. However, I am still interested in reading her story, so I think I'll request a refund for this particular audiobook.
  • To be straight with you, my initial worry was "how can I hear this with her voice?" But after listening for 10 minutes, I wouldn't want it any different. I adored this book, and now I hold a deep affection for her. Her tales were fantastic, and she narrated them with incredible sincerity. I chuckled, I shed tears, I even found myself rooting for her... It's a definite must-have!
  • I recently checked out Garry Marshall's memoir, "My Mother Was Nuts", on audiobook, and it was an even more enjoyable experience since I was already aware of the fact that her mother was a bit crazy. The author's narration was fantastic, with a relaxed and unique style that added a lot of charm to the story.