Why Penny Marshall’s New Memoir Is A Must Read

penny marshall memoir Penny Marshall isn’t just one of our favorite people—she’s a filmmaking icon (and hilarious, too), which is why we ran to the bookstore to grab a copy of her new memoir, My Mother Was Nuts.

Arguably best known for her role as Laverne DeFazio in the timeless TV series Laverne & Shirley, Penny was also the first woman to gross $100 million as a director, an achievement that instantly landed her on the list of filmmaking legends.

You might be surprised, however, to find out that Penny’s career was a happy accident—and you’ll get the full scoop when you read her book, which, by the way, is packed with amazing and hilarious stories of her Hollywood adventures.

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,” according to the book’s description. “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.”

It’s fascinating to follow the unexpected career of such a talented woman. Sure, most people know Penny as Laverne, or as the director of Big and A League Of Their Own. Yet it’s wonderful to get a closer look at her life and how her career unfolded. Plus, Penny’s irreverent humor fills the pages—don’t be surprised if you laugh your way through the book!

Speaking of laughing—check out this hysterical book trailer in which Saturday Night Live’s Fred Armisen plays Penny. If watching this doesn’t make you want to run out and buy a copy, well, we’re not sure what will!

Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’ve got a few chapters to finish. We’d love to hear what you think of My Mother Was Nuts, so feel free to stop back by the blog and share your thoughts!

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