My Mother Was Nuts

My Mother Was Nuts Cover

My Mother Was Nuts

By Penny Marshall

New Harvest, Hardcover, 9780547892627, 326pp.

Publication Date: September 18, 2012

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.

About the Author
Penny Marshall is an actress, producer, and director. From 1976 until 1983, she starred as Laverne DeFazio in the classic TV sitcom Laverne and Shirley. She went on to direct films such as Big (1988), the first movie directed by a woman to gross in excess of $100 million at the U.S. box office, Awakenings (1990), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, and A League of Their Own (1992), which also made over $100 million in the U.S. More recently, she has directed episodes of United States of Tara (2009) and guest-starred on Portlandia (2011).