**spoiler alert** I picked it up in the lending library thru Amazon.com. It was a pretty decent book. Very easy read and entertaining. Penny Marshall...more**spoiler alert** I picked it up in the lending library thru Amazon.com. It was a pretty decent book. Very easy read and entertaining. Penny Marshall describes her life growing up but mostly it was about her journey into young adulthood and then full forced film creator. Life was not perfect but Marshall even says that her life was not horrible either.
Marshall discusses her two marriages, both ending in a healthy manner. Her relationships with her boyfriend(s). Her relationships with the people she directed but also the people that she worked side by side with. For the most part Penny Marshall does not say anything negative or what appears to be untrue. She seems like she was real and most of all faithful as a friend.
Unfortunately she did receive devastating news "recently" and I hope she is able to recover fully and/or peacefully. It seems like if Penny Marshall can give a lending hand, she does-which is a great asset in this society.
A lot of people gave this book one or two stars because Penny Marshall brags, glamorizes drug abuse, complains about her mother, and/or claims that she let other people raise her daughter. To counteract that 1) I did not think she was name dropping, she is in the business of film making, she knows a lot of people and therefore are friends with a lot of those people. When you talk about your friends, do you choose to leave out their names?!? So you are going to fault her because of the people she grew to have friendships with?! 2) I did not see her glamorize drugs. She admits she has done drugs. She admits that her good friend (Belushi) died too young because of drugs. Drugs are an addiction. Drugs are very much apart of a lot of people's lives. Thankfully it does not appear that Ms. Marshall had any life altering repercussions herself from taking drugs but she does not put it lightly that drugs are bad and can lead to a bad outcome. 3) Complaints about her mother? She does this for about 1/2 of the book. A childhood is a large part of what makes you who and what you are-a lot of people talk about their parent(s)...good or bad. 4) I read about the reviews of her letting others raise her child then I read the book. Though Penny Marshall does not discuss a lot about her child, she does not seem to point out that her child is not there or was sent to live somewhere else. Her child, Tracy, went off to college...found Mr Right, had a family, it did not work out, eventually found a different guy, had more kids and appears to be happy. Was life perfect for Tracy with Penny Marshall as her mother? Probably not (whose life is?) but I did not feel like Penny Marshall was virtually nonexistent.
I think people were too harsh. Sometimes you have to read autobiographies for what they are and go in it as nonjudgemental as possible because no one but that person went thru their life. Would people do things differently then Penny Marshall? Clearly (according to the reviews) but no one is perfect.(less)