** spoiler alert ** When I heard that Penny Marshall had died, I was shocked and a little sad. Even though she wasn't one of my favorite actresses , she directed two of my all time favorite movies, Big and A League of Their Own. And when I saw that she had written an autobiography, I was curious.
Unlike most autobiographies this one compelled me from the beginning when she talked about her childhood and her family. This isn't a spoiler but her mother really was nuts. However not in the way you'd expect.
The book continued to be interesting until about the time that Laverne and Shirley ended and then it became annoying. I lost count of how many times she said " I don't know. " and even more annoying was the way she referred to other celebrities by nicknames like Bobby DiNero, Artie Garfunkel and Danny Ackroyd but these were her memories so I won't fault her for that! However I cannot forgive her almost obsessive use of the "F" word which I'm sorry to say this now that she's gone but that combined with the drug use, really lowered my opinion of her.
The sections on her movies were a little disappointing but I did learn some things about a couple of my favorite movies.
All in all an interesting read but perhaps I would have enjoyed it more had I been a bigger fan. And sadly, I'm not.
loved every page...an awesome biography...a must read for every 1970's sitcom fan. Penny Marshall is a true talent and one funny crazy lady with LOTS of friends. Wish there was a bit more of the Laverne and Shirley days but oh well....!!!
I really enjoyed this book! Inspired me to start writing my own autobigraphy-eventually!
If you've ever listened to Penny Marshall speak, it will come as no surprise to you that that is exactly how she writes. For me, her voice came right off those pages as if she were sitting right next to me. For the most part, I laughed. There were some sad, crazy times in her life as well, but then, who among us hasn't gone through crap. I recommend this book.
Just OK. This book is pretty light which seems to echo Marshall's personality. She's likable but not very deep or insightful. She appears to hobnob with everyone who is anyone in Hollywood, who knew? The last half of the book drags as she spends excruciating detail on the films she directed which let's face it, are formulaic Hollywood crap.
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