A memoir by this Hollywood legend filled with humor and heart–and plenty of behind-the-scenes talk of her work with the stars.
Most people know Penny Marshall as the director of Big and A League of Their Own. What they don’t know is how her trailblazing career was a happy accident. In this funny and intimate memoir, My Mother Was Nuts, 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.
From her childhood spent tap dancing in the Bronx, to her rise as the star of Laverne & Shirley, Penny writes that she’s lived by these simple rules: “Try hard, help your friends, don’t get too crazy, and have fun.”
In her first Live Talks Los Angeles appearance, Marshall will discuss her marriages, her friendships, 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.
Garry Marshall has excelled as a writer, producer, director, and actor in a career spanning 50 years, earning him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and acclaim from critics and fans alike. He was born to work in Hollywood—his mother was a tap dancer and his father was a producer and director of industrial films, and his sister is Penny Marshall. Among his credits — for writing are The Tonight Show, The Lucy Show, and The Dick Van Dyke Show; producing, Happy Days, Mork & Mindy, and Laverne & Shirley; and feature directing are Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, Beaches, The Other Sister, and The Princess Diaries.
We recently hosted him at Live Talks Los Angeles on the occasion of the release of his memoir, My Happy Days in Hollywood. See the video.
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