My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

Written by:
Penny Marshall
Narrated by:
Penny Marshall

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2012
9 hours 0 minutes
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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Jay Rickard

Penny Marshall is one of the worlds most under appreciated talents in the entertainment industry if you're outside of the entertainment industry. After listening to her narrate her memoirs it is clear to me that inside the entertainment industry she is and always has been the Go-To-Gal for everyone who's ever made a name for themselves in Hollywood. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her recall the humble upbringing she had as the girl who just wanted five more minutes to play outside. I marveled at all of her professional accomplishments. But it was her humility and natural ability to remain down to earth through it all that really hooked me. Penny Marshall is a national treasure.

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Sandy S.

Ripped off on this one. It says it goes for nine hours but it's only eight and a half hours. Other than that disappointment, while I loved Ms Marshall and don't like to speak ill of the dead, she just drones through this book. It's a great story but the droning put me off a fair bit. Towards the end she finally gets slightly animated. All in all, a good book but the narration is hard to listen to and I could only do so in small doses.

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