Book Review: My Mother was nuts By Penny Marshall


You can purchase this book on Amazon My Mother Was Nuts



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.

My Review

I decided to read this book because I remember her being in the TV show Laverne & Shirley and loved that show, I was a teenager then and watch it and Happy Days. I even remember the episode when Fonzie brought Laverne and Shirley to Happy Days. Brings back great memories for me.

I found her book very intriguing, she started with her parents, then about her siblings, Garry Marshall and Ronny Marshall. Her life living in New York, her mother was a dance instructor and wanted to entertain every one. Doesn’t sound nutty but hey I didn’t live with her, Penny Marshall did.

She talks about how she got into show biz, brother Garry was already a writer, so I guess she was lucky, that is my take on it. She was lucky and talented as well. But her life didn’t really seem easy, she was pretty much working in a man’s world and had to be tough. Back in the 60s and 70s, and probably the 80s it seemed like men mostly did the directing and all the showbiz stuff. I felt that Penny, (almost called her Laverne) had to be incredible smart and a fast learner.

I know she spoke of everything, the drugs, her daughter, her life, and her. She seemed like the type that liked to have a lot of people around her, and yes drugs, that was the lifestyle it seems for that era. As I said she was lucky, right place, new the right people, was related to someone, but she still had to prove herself, and she did, she was successful. Maybe being related or knowing the right people can be just as hard as not knowing anyone and becoming successful.

I am glad I read the book, it was inspiring to read about someone, a woman who has made it, worked hard to get what she wanted and didn’t let anything stop her.

This is just a brief review, you will need to read the book to find out more.

Quote take from Wiki:

“At the start of each episode, Laverne and Shirley skip down the street, arm in arm, reciting a Yiddish-American hopscotch chant: “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated,”

For some reasons over the years I can hear this in my mind not sure, I guess I have heard it so many times and so catchy, plus no DVR’s back in this days.

To view the theme song; Laverne and Shirley Theme song

I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl

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