My Happy Days in Hollywood by Garry Marshall

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10 Critic Reviews

Marshall draws the reader in with a disarming manner and a casual, easy-to-read writing style...an engaging and entertaining blend of honesty and humor, punctuated throughout with show business insights and anecdotes.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

With the television hits The Odd Couple, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and Mork & Mindy, and movies like The Flamingo Kid, Beaches, Pretty Woman, and The Princess Diaries under his belt, Garry Marshall has been among the most successful writers, directors, and producers in America for more than five decades. His work on the small and big screen has delighted audiences for the last three decades and has withstood the test of time. 

In My Happy Days in Hollywood, Marshall takes us on a journey from his stickball-playing days in the Bronx to his time at the helm of some of the most popular television series and movies of all time, sharing the joys and challenges of working with the Fonz and the young Julia Roberts, the “street performer” Robin Williams, and the young Anne Hathaway, among many others. This honest, vibrant, and often hilarious memoir reveals a man whose career has been defined by his drive to make people laugh and whose personal philosophy—despite his tremendous achievements—has always been that life is more important than show business.


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Garry Marshall

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GARRY MARSHALL is a veteran producer, director, and writer of film, television, and theater. He learned his craft writing jokes for Lucille Ball, Dick Van Dyke, and Danny Thomas. He has created and produced some of television's most beloved situation comedies and directed some of America's favorite romantic comedies. Marshall has been married to his wife, Barbara, for close to fifty years, and he has three children and six grandchildren. He writes with his daughter Lori; acts in movies directed by his son, Scott; and produces plays at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, California, with his daughter Kathleen. LORI MARSHALL has written eleven produced children's plays for the stage, co-written two books, and contributed to the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune. Like her father, she is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She has been writing with her father since the eighth grade, when he helped her punch up an English paper on Franz Kafka. She lives in San Francisco and is the mother of twin girls, Lily Camille and Charlotte Grace.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Crown Archetype. 290 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for My Happy Days in Hollywood
All: 10 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Below average
Feb 15 2012

Unfortunately...he isn’t very funny. Or at least this book isn’t. Nor is it serious, mean, scandalous or particularly revelatory. It’s just nice.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Andy Webster on Jun 01 2012

Here, his portraits of colleagues are thin, but his affable personality infuses the book. You can almost hear the Bronx accent.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Feb 13 2012

Marshall draws the reader in with a disarming manner and a casual, easy-to-read writing style...an engaging and entertaining blend of honesty and humor, punctuated throughout with show business insights and anecdotes.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Excellent
Reviewed by David Wiegand on May 03 2012

If not for the fact that Garry Marshall isn't finished with his long career in film and television, he'd be living proof that nice guys really can finish first.

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Chicago Sun Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Mirian Di Nunzio on May 10 2012

He brought us some of the most memorable names in television sitcom history...Through it all, Marshall made sure of one thing: His sets were happy places to work.

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The West End Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Stuart Nulman on May 04 2012

...an enjoyable showbiz memoir that echoes Garry Marshall’s passion and enthusiasm of working in front of and behind the camera...

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New York Post

Below average
Reviewed by Susannah Cahalan on Apr 21 2012

Yes, his life seems to be as sweet and superficial as his movies, which begs the question: How can someone so benign survive in Hollywood?

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Women's Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Elizabeth Read on May 23 2012

...there have already been countless books written to reveal the seamy side of Hollywood. This memoir validates Garry Marshall’s optimistic point of view.

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Director's Guild of America

Excellent
Reviewed by Carley Johnson

Marshall’s memoir is much like an episode of one of his classic TV shows. Warm, congenial, and often laugh-out-loud funny, it’s full of the optimistic, glass-is-half-full philosophy that has guided his life and work.

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Book Rap

Good
Reviewed by Michael Blumenfield on Jun 14 2012

The book is not a literary classic but it comes across as a sincere inside story by a talented man with a great sense of humor who continues to do great work in movies and television.

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