… Laverne DeFazio from TV’s Laverne & Shirley? In the new biography, My Mother Was Nuts by Penny Marshall, you get a quirky look at Penny Marshall as she struggled to grow up in what she considered a very crazy, yet normal family. As in a lot of celebrity biographies, you hear about the dysfunctional family life, the drugs and the famous people. In Penny’s case, it totally shaped who she became in later life — a great actress and producer and a fantastic director.
Touring Europe with singer Art Garfunkel on the back of a motorcycle. Married to actor/director Rob Reiner (her second marriage) during the run of the great TV show Laverne & Shirley. All of the things that went on with Cindy Williams her co-star and the other cast members. Penny Marshall talks about her older brother, director Garry Marshall, and his influence on her career, doing drugs with John Belushi, and getting to know actress Carrie Fisher and how they’ve stayed friends for a long, long time. Tom Hanks tells of how he got his big break in two of Penny’s biggest blockbuster hits – Big and A League of Their Own. Whoopi Goldberg, Mark Wahlberg and Robert de Niro tell of their funny experiences of working with Penny. A lot of behind the scenes craziness, how she survived lung cancer and a brain tumor, and how she managed to come out in one piece is a miracle.
This book was a fascinating and fast read that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Reviewed by Terry (staff)