My Happy Days in Hollywood

My Happy Days in Hollywood

by Garry Marshall
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My Happy Days in Hollywood by Garry Marshall

Once called a legend in his own time slot, Garry Marshall has been among the most successful writers, directors, and producers in America for more than five decades. As a comedy writer who began his career during television’s last “golden age” writing for Dick Van Dyke, he went on to produce some of the most beloved sitcoms in television history, including The Odd Couple, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and Mork & Mindy.

Marshall’s enormous influence as a director has been felt in film as well, in such classic motion pictures as The Flamingo Kid, Beaches, Pretty Woman, and The Princess Diaries. His work on the 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307885005
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As soon as I saw the book in my local B&N I knew I had to get it. Being a fan of Mr. Marshall's and his work for many years, I just had to read this book. And I knew I would not be disappointed. Full of great stories and anecdotes from his long and illustrious history. It was truly a pleasure getting to know more about this truly wonderful person. I loved reading his story and went through it in two days. A sign of a great read is not wanting to put it down and this memoir definitely was that and more. A great read about a great guy from Da' Bronx Loved it! Mark Ortiz
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Garry Marshall is first and foremost a writer. His book is a great glimpse into the wonderful career and creations of Garry Marshall, told with the flair of a writer who knows what he is doing. If you have ever enjoyed any of Garry Marshall's shows or films, this is for you. And if you are too young to have enjoyed them the first time around, this will show you the wonderful "Happy Days" that are part of our world still today!
Karynlk More than 1 year ago
If you grew up watching these shows, this book is a must have! Mr. Marshall gives you the back scoop (without being mean or vicious) on the happenings behind your favorite shows. I couldn't put this book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Garry Marshall is quite an interesting person. I really enjoyed this book so much. It's one of those books you don't want to put down until you finish reading it...then you wish there were more to read. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes biography. This is a good one!
harrysKY More than 1 year ago
I always thought I liked Garry Marshall's works, from what little I knew about him. Now I like him even more. From Happy Days, to Pretty Woman, to Princess Diaries, he knows how to mix sometimes serious issues with good humor. You will learn how he came up through the ranks in show business to become a comedy writer, an actor, and more importantly a director. You will learn about his friendships and acquaintances, how he overcame an enormous bad investment, and how much friendship and family mean to him. I also like that he tries to make his sets fun, often filled with practical jokes. He tells both the good and the bad in a simple and honest way. He describes how he mediated problems with the actors and crew on the sets. I found this book both interesting and informative. Thanks Garry. You are someone I would have liked to have been friends with.
DeloresM More than 1 year ago
This book seemed to me to be an honest and amusing account of Garry Marshall's life and times. There were parts that made me laugh out loud and others that I found touching. I would definitely recommend it.
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DDFAN More than 1 year ago
Love this book. Very down to earth and informative.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you grew up in the 70's or just enjoy shows like Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley you will like this book. This ,book, written in Garry Marshalls own voice, chronicals his writting, producing and acting credits and is also funny. From the Odd Couple to New Years Eve to movies such as Beaches and The Princess Diaries, he talks about behind the scenes stuff in a positve manner. Very enjoyable book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading about how Garry's showbiz life began and how my favorite tv shows and movies were put together. I also love his humor and knack for pranks. I'm inspired by his desire to keep working even when he faced major health problems. Basically, I enjoyed reading his story about how a sickly kid made his way from the streets of New York to Hollywood never losing his great attitude.
cindyfrompa More than 1 year ago
Fascinating look at behind-the-scenes of television and film. Funny, sincere, humble -- Garry Marshall is an American treasure!
CandyDG More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book for anyone from the Bronx, who loves Movies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book.
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Iliked the bookit was great it keeps you enterrained i hope he writes another one .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gave it to my Mom for Mother's Day. She really enjoyed it. She said it was a fun read and not boring like some other autobiography's. It was well written.
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TessSH More than 1 year ago
Garry Marshall is a very nice man and this is a very nice book. He's gracious to everyone he's worked with and their families. He shares his career and family highlights with a humbleness. I must say that it has always distressed me that he, Julia Roberts and Richard Gere had a blockbuster hit with the storyline of Pretty Women. I just wish there would be some insight into the plight of people on the fringes of society that are exploited by the sex trade. Yes, it the oldest profession-but is it a deplorable existence. Sanitizing the story of those who trade their bodies for food, shelter, drugs and money is horrid. I just hope that they all pull out their checkbooks for those very people that struggle because it isn't pretty and they should have known better.