Penny Marshall: 'Well, Don't You Want To Have Fun?'
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I meet actress and director Penny Marshall in a midtown Manhattan office building, where she is curled up on a sofa, stocking feet tucked beneath her, doing a back-to-back assembly line of media to promote her new memoir, “My Mother Was Nuts.” Heavily made up for the TV interviews, she looks a bit exasperated. “I’ve done [publicity] for movies but then you have a whole cast, you can split it up!” she says. “Here, same questions, over and over…”
That’s Marshall –- the straight shooter from the Bronx. Cuts to the chase, says just what she’s thinking, no glossy airs; what you see is what you get, and that’s a big part of her charm.
It’s also how she tells her hilarious and painful life story. Marshall grew up performing in her mother’s dance studio, whose students appeared everywhere -- “shipyards, charity events, telethons,” and national television. Marshall notes that while most people think her family is Jewish, her brother was christened Episcopalian; her sister Ronny