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Speedbumps: Flooring It Through Hollywood

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  327 Ratings  ·  69 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
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published (first published November 3rd 2005)
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Jan C
Oct 12, 2009 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 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 22, 2014 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
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.
May 20, 2008 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.
Dec 15, 2008 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.
Chris Tweitmann
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Confession time. One of my first young crushes was not Farrah Fawcett, it was Teri Garr. "Close Encounters," "Tootsie," "Mr. Mom" and of course, "Young Frankenstein"...I was head over heels. Needless to say, I was thrilled to have the chance to read her autobiography and learn more about her life. Also having recently read Mel Brook's short book about the making of "Young Frankenstein," this was a natural next read.

I learned and came to appreciate so much about Teri Garr's journey and struggles
Jean-François Tremblay
I've always liked Teri Garr as an actress. She's funny and charming.

And I really liked her as an author. She's open and honest and funny. She talks about her entire life in show-business, and her struggles with MS (multiple sclerosis).

She sometimes go over things too quickly - I would have loved to read more about certain things - but as a whole, I truly enjoyed this book. She's had an incredible life, and she met a lot of interesting people, and I love her attitude towards life.

Now after rea
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-read
This book was a delight; Teri Garr is so funny, and oh so clever!
If you listen to it on audio, you get to listen to Teri Garr for 6 whole c.d.’s ☺ I appreciate her positive and upbeat attitude, and I adore her on film. One thing she said, “I set a timer for 20 minutes, and then I feel really sorry for myself and then when the timer goes off I move on.” I think that’s pretty good advice.

Note to Teri Garr – More please, as in another book, please.
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Think of Teri Garr, and likely it’s as the outspoken girl next door, the slightly off-kilter girlfriend, wife, or mother—characters she played in Tootsie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Young Frankenstein. Even when Garr is playing it straight, as in Mr. Mom and Oh God!, Garr endows her portrayals with an offbeat edge. And there’s another facet to Garr’s characters—a distinct idealism, an ethical pragmatism often challenged by extraordinary events. Faced with the incongruous (Mr. Mom), ...more
Mary Lou
Interesting; humorous. Personal - not just a lot of Hollywood name-dropping.
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Apr 14, 2013 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
Melanie Jacques
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My reasoning for choosing to read this book was to educate myself about one's feelings and or take on living with MS. I knew of Teri from some of her movies and always liked her personality. I liked listening to her reading the audio version of this book because I felt like I understood more so of her mood/feelings on things. She is so likable and funny and has such a positive look on things, which only made me like her more. What an interesting upbringing she had! Also I had no idea on so much ...more
Mar 01, 2015 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
Paul Baker
Feb 12, 2016 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
Jun 05, 2013 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
Apr 09, 2009 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
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
Jan 25, 2010 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
Aug 09, 2008 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.
Malorie Shannon
Jun 07, 2012 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
Dec 04, 2008 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.
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.
Jun 10, 2013 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.
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.
Aug 21, 2010 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.
Doug Long
Feb 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Teri Garr's motivation in writing this book was partially to discuss her coping with multiple sclerosis, but of course I love it for her showbiz stories. It opens with Oscar night 1983, when she lost the supporting actress prize to her "Tootsie" co-star Jessica Lange. She's funny and full of interesting stories.
Apr 25, 2015 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.
Jun 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was given to me to read by my mother. I read it on the airplane on a recent trip to and from Florida. It was a good read, no pun intended. I didn't know that Teri Garr had been diagnosed with MS. This book was very informative without being too medical. I have a friend with MS and this book will help me understand her disease process a little better. It's worth the time.
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