My Mother Was Nuts audiobook will keep you laughing hysterically as she recounts humorous details from her personal life and the ups and downs of her career. This incredible autobiography sheds light on some of Penny's career accomplishments, taking you from her debut role on "The Odd Couple" to the years she spent directing box-office smashes such as "Big" and "A League Of Their Own".
Penny offers us a rare glimpse into many of the hilarious adventures she's found herself in over the years. You'll learn all about her marriages and other aspects of her personal life, even traveling with her and companion Art Garfunkel across Europe on the back of a motorcycle.
Penny has been privileged to work with some of the greatest actors in Hollywood during the course of her career. Big names like Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg and Robert Di Niro are only a few of the friends she's made along the way. One thing is for sure, you'll be delighted from the beginning to the very end of Penny's incredible journey. For someone whose career happened by accident, Penny has been fortunate to live a life that's full of great stories and a lot of humor.
Penny Marshall has a list of film and television credits that's a mile long. Her career has been very rich and rewarding, giving her opportunities to shine both onstage and off. The movie "Big", which was the first film Penny directed, was also the first film ever directed by a woman that grossed over $100 million at the box office. One of the first acting jobs Penny ever held was a television commercial for shampoo, where she played an unattractive girl with "stringy" hair. Penny persevered and grew her career into one that has kept America entertained for years.
The My Mother Was Nuts audiobook by Penny Marshall is an incredible look into the life of this famed actress. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll love her even more before it's all over.
"I love the entertainment industry and I loved this book. I read other reviews that said it was all about name-dropping & drugs, but I did not find this to be true. It was a very frank, open (and somewhat disjointed) memoir of a very real life. Penny just wrote about her life. Period. I loved it! It is what it is."
Beth (4 out of 5 stars)
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 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 was no one else quite like Penny Marshall.
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About Penny Marshall
Penny Marshall is an actress, producer, and director. From 1976 to 1983, she starred as Laverne DeFazio in the classic television sitcom Laverne and Shirley . She went on to direct films such as Big, the first movie directed by a woman to gross in excess of $100 million at the US box office; Awakening, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture; and A League of Their Own, which also made over $100 million in the US. She has also directed episodes of United States of Tara and guest-starred on Portlandia.