From her star-making turn in the classic TV sitcom “Laverne & Shirley” to her phenomenal career as a film director and producer, Penny Marshall has had a remarkable life. In “My Mother Was Nuts,” Marshall talks about where she came from and the amazing journey it was.
After graduating from Walton High School, the Bronx New York native put some distance between herself and her parents, fleeing to Albuquerque and the University of New Mexico to major in psychology.
During her junior year she dropped out and married a football-playing classmate, Michael Henry. Their daughter, Tracy—her only child—was born in 1964. Henry stayed in school and Marshall worked as a secretary and taught dance in Albuquerque, New Mexico until they divorced in 1966. Soon after Marshall picked-up once again and headed to California to team-up with her brother Gary Marshall.
The rest, as they say, is history, and it’s all chronicled in her new book.
Today while promoting, “My Mother Was Nuts” on LIVE with Kelly & Michael the actress, director, author gave her turn at University of New Mexico a shout-out, saying, “Go UNM! Beat the Aggies!”
And this Aggie says, “GO PENNY!” :)
compiled from NBC News and People Magazine