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Speedbumps

3.57  ·  Rating Details  ·  297 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
In this laugh-out-loud funny and inspiring autobiography, one of Hollywood’s best-loved comediennes muses about movies, men, motherhood, and MS

In a book that is at once Hollywood hilarious and personally moving, Teri Garr, star of such classic films as Young Frankenstein, Oh God!, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Mr. Mom, and Tootsie, for which she received an Academy
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 3rd 2005 by Penguin Group (USA)
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Jan C
Nov 14, 2009 Jan C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyable. Very funny at times. Also a bit on the sad side. For about the first half of the book she talks growing up in kind of a gypsy way, always traveling from here to there - her parents were old vaudevillians. And I think her mother kind of ran a rooming house in Hollywood area, where other old vaudevillians came to stay. Her mother had been a dancer and Teri started her early career that way. She talks about her movies. Other reviewers have noted that she doesn’t go into that m ...more
Garan Grey
Mar 19, 2015 Garan Grey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Love Teri Garr.

I can't imagine anyone not liking Teri Garr... not anyone I'd like to know, anyway. This book is a wonderful visit with her. She's lovable as ever, with lots to say, all of it good natured, good humored and totally worthwhile. The audiobooks version brings the added value of hearing her talk to you - comfortably engaging and charming. Time spent with Teri is always a pleasure, and I would like more. I'm sure she has more stories. Get the book, the e-book and the audiobook. High
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Tina
Still enjoying famous people reading to me in my car. It is Teri's turn. Teri Garr is one of those actresses that I remember as a kid in showing up all the time as a cool movie mom. I always have admired her. I had no clue she danced in Elvis's films, though I did know that she appeared in The Monkees' movie "Head". Her memoir was nice. She did a lot of great work. I had no clue that she has M.S., but she appears to have a great attitude towards her disease.
Chris
Apr 22, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know much about Teri Garr, except that she was in Tootsie, and played Phoebe's mother on Friends. It turns out she started out as a dancer, and was a back-up dancer in 7 or 8 Elvis movies. I didn't realize she was nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actress in Tootsie, which ultimately went to her cast mate, Jessica Lange. And then she devotes quite a bit of the book to her 20 year struggle to find out that she has MS. I didn't know that the disease goes into remission, which is ...more
Kevin
Aug 29, 2015 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE AUDIOBOOK, READ BY TERI GARR:

This dishy memoir may be about "speedbumps"—obstacles that slow a person's journey in life—but Garr's delivery is smooth as glass, with no jarring notes. Garr's performance highlights her wonderfully edgy sarcasm and self-deprecating humor.

This audio version is often better than the print book, particularly when Garr launches into funny digressions or catty parenthetical comments about people in Hollywood. She seems to have a marvelous time poking fun at herself
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Lisa
Mar 01, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Teri Garr's memoir about her life, her career, and about her long struggle with multiple sclerosis. I recently read David L. Lander's memoir and he also discovered he had MS, but unlike David, Teri had to deal with 20 years of incorrect diagnoses by doctors around the country who were considered the top experts in the disease. FINALLY, another top neurologist correctly assessed her condition. She had been having many symptoms and trying to maintain a career in Hollywood, not kno ...more
DeB
A pleasant memoir from a star who is obviously also a very pleasant person. I read this book because I was looking for her experience with Multiple Sclerosis. She managed to deliver to me to some degree and I am happy that I read her memoir. Her MS was a sneaky attacker, undiagnosable for years; that experience helped me with mine and gave me a perspective I needed at this point in my life with MS.
Julie
May 20, 2008 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-my-library
I really enjoyed this book. I first read it after I was diagnosed with MS. The first part was ok but for me it was very personal when further into the book she discusses her MS. I could relate all to well. I recomend this book for anyone who is or knows someone diagnosed with MS. Her insight is dead on.
Francine
Dec 15, 2008 Francine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a nice gentle introduction to MS. If you have a friend or familiy member who is diagnosed with MS, this will help you grasp part of what they are dealing with.
Lizdeloroyahoo.Com
Several years ago I found this book in a bargain bin at a book store. I have always liked Terry Garr.It looked interesting so I bought it. I loved it. Terry Garr writes with a lot of humor and has lots of great stories to tell about her early years in Hollywood up to her present years. She talks about filming Young Frankenstein. She also talks about the struggle to find out what was wrong with her until one doctor finally figured out she had multiple sclerosis. I could not put the book down. I h ...more
Kim-Lost-In-A-Book
Apr 15, 2013 Kim-Lost-In-A-Book rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
Really great memoir. I love Ms. Garr's maturity and humility in addition to her awesome sense of humor. She has a certain quality that seems to be lacking in many celebrities today, is it that maturity or humility? I don't know. I just know that I like hearing the stories of Elvis and the Beatles and the Bush Sr's without her trash talking them even if she does disagree with things. It's the type of memoir I like to read - it tells me about the person, not the actor/actress and all their rubbing ...more
Lisa
Dec 11, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5
Actress Teri Garr's autobiography was interesting and funny. I'm not a big fan of Hollywood actors, but Garr is down to earth and very likable. I like the movies in which she starred, adding interest to this audio book. I didn't know that she had MS and found it interesting to see how she handled that challenge.



Donna
Apr 27, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An breezy and entertaining read. Not too deep, not gossipy, seems pretty honest and in the end good stuff. Always liked Garr's performances, thought she was pretty underrated. Cannot imagine a 20 year struggle to diagnose her disease and admire her strength getting through it. Enjoyed the book especially as a diversion from my cinema research.
Paul Baker
Mar 29, 2016 Paul Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very entertaining and enlightening autobiography by the brilliant comic actress Teri Garr. Ms. Garr is best known for her roles in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "Oh, God," "Young Frankenstein," and "Tootsie," for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She has suffered from MS and part of the book deals with her struggle and her role as a spokesperson in the fight against the degenerative disease.

It is a fun, quick read. My only qualm is that
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Jeannine
Jul 29, 2013 Jeannine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Laugh out loud funny, just like some of the characters Garr plays on the big screen. Most of the book is typical Hollywood autobiographical fare, with the exception of Garr's challenges with MS (including the twenty years she spent trying to find a diagnosis for her symptoms). An easy read that left me with a bad taste in my mouth for the way Hollywood treats people with illness/disability. It was unsettling to learn that people like Garr often have to actively hide their symptoms for fear of no ...more
Suzanne Maxey
Mar 11, 2015 Suzanne Maxey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
excellent

A wonderful, encouraging book on living with a disease first, and being an acclaimed and loved actress second. I wish I could have met her mom. Terri, Molly and Terri's mom are all strong women.
Paullette
Otherwise charming Hollywood anecdotes are underserved by a rambling, stream-of-consciousness writing style. Still, entirely worth it for the part about Francois Truffaut!
Voss
Dec 18, 2014 Voss rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Che commento vuoi fare ad una autobiografia?
Adoro la donna, per questo volevo sapere tutto di lei.
Coraggio determinazione ironia forza.
Le auguro tutto il bene di questo mondo perché lo merita.
Mary
Apr 21, 2009 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Teri teases us with her name drops. I met the beatles. And then what?
I went to Elvis' house and had a coke. And then what? She teases us with her name dropping and then doesn't elaborate on any actual stories of the event.
She finishes many sentences with her trademark silly sarcasm; which is fine, but after awhile it gets redundant. Finally in the last few chapters Teri explains how she is living with MS and you get a sense of who she is and wished she would have opened up more about her earlie
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Wayne Wilde
Teri is a very good writer. I don't want to give any spoilers but I found out something very amazing about her.
Lauren
Mar 09, 2014 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Teri! I was surprised by how involved she is in Hollywood. She tells her MS story in a light and funny way
SouthWestZippy
Jan 19, 2016 SouthWestZippy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED this book. Teri Garr is just so funny and so alive. It is simply amazing to hear her story.
Marla
Feb 02, 2010 Marla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I got this because it was $1.99 and I've liked Teri Garr in a couple of things. After reading Steve Martin's biography and this one, I think I'm done reading the biography of celebrities. Or at least I'll be a lot more particular about who I think may have a life worth reading a whole book about. Both were barely more than a list of jobs on their way to success. The ending of "Speedbumps" was a little more inspiring as Teri talks about important lessons she's learned/is learning as she deals wit ...more
Malorie Shannon
Jun 07, 2012 Malorie Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished Teri Garr's Autobiography "Speed Bumps". It was a great book. Funny, insightful and inspirational. I enjoyed reading about her many adventures working in Hollywood, the people she met who affected her life, behind the scenes bits of movies that I have enjoyed and even more so her personal battle with MS. As I myself have MS, I could relate and found a kindred spirit (as it were) in some of her trials and tribulations in dealing with the disease. Overall and in general it was a wo ...more
Kathy A
Jun 23, 2016 Kathy A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
interesting and funny
Chelsea
Aug 13, 2008 Chelsea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a light and refreshing read. It was fun to learn that Teri Garr was a dancer early in her career and even danced in Elvis movies. She even met the Beatles and I wish I got to do that in my lifetime! (The greatest band of all time!!) She has a great outlook on life but not so good in the relationship department. She adopts a daughter and when she is finally diagnosed with MS, she learns to slow down and do what she can. She is funny and I think anyone would enjoy her outlook on life.
Daniel Currie
I listened to the 6CD unabridged version of this book.

I have always liked Teri Garr and thought this might be an interesting listen. Her early life and career are somewhat interesting. Her Elvis and Beatles connections are interesting. But mostly this is filled with not particularly revealing anecdotes and personal stories, which are... interesting, but hardly riveting. There is nothing necessarily wrong with that, but that does not make this a must read/listen.
Liz
Dec 04, 2008 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Liz by: Rick
Rick has always considered Teri Garr one of his favorite actresses. He actually selected this book for a recent road trip and couldn't wait to share it with me when he got back. I found her life interesting--how hard she has worked to achieve success in her field. And then to read about her MS and what early rumors regarding her health did to her career. She only gets 3 stars because it isn't a MUST read, but it won't be a waste of time either.
Douglas Tatelman
Jun 15, 2013 Douglas Tatelman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boy, Teri Garr worked with so many famous people from Elvis to Coppola. She taught Robert DeNiro how to drive. And she was friends with the Beatles and Dennis Hopper and Steve Martin, and on and on. A fun trip through all these times, tempered by both her kind genuineness and the specter of her looming MS.

Once I started, I looked forward to picking it up every evening.

Where ever she is now, I send a smile to Teri Garr.
Goose
Aug 21, 2010 Goose rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exactly what I would expect from Teri Garr. She comes across as funny, goofy, determined, hard working, and kind of ditzy, especially in relationships with men. If you are looking for lots of nasty gossip about other actors then look elsewhere. Miss Garr talks about her life in Hollywood as more of a journey of learning and less as a walk thru a trash heap. Most enjoyable and I hope we see her again soon on the movie screen.
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