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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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My Mother Was Nuts
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My mother was nuts
February 13th, 2014
I've always liked Penny Marshall but now I love her! What a great life and wonderful stories. Loved the book and Penny's fantastic outlook on life.
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My mother was nuts
December 2nd, 2013
An awesome read
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My mother was nuts
October 20th, 2013
Really enjoyed this book, very funny and so forth coming. She told it like it was with such honesty and compassion. She is a remarkable human being that has given us all great joy and laughter. One lady I would love to have as a friend.
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My mother was nuts
June 15th, 2013
For anyone who loves to laugh and enjoyed Laverne and Shirley, BIG, Awakenings, or league of their own, Penny Marshall's book is a great read.
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Too much fun!
May 31st, 2013
I had a blast reading this book. I felt like Penny was sitting in the chair next to me just shooting the $hit. :) what an amazing life. She did do it her way with no apologies.
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