My happy days in Hollywood a memoir - Marshall, Gary
Summary: A lighthearted account by the producer and director of such productions as "Laverne & Shirley" and "Pretty Woman" traces his Bronx childhood, role in shaping A-list celebrity careers, and personal philosophies about life and entertainment.
Marshall has worn many hats in Hollywood over the course of his five decades in the business: writer, producer, director, actor. Born in the Bronx, he made his way to Hollywood in 1961 and got his start penning sitcoms for such television luminaries as Lucille Ball and Danny Thomas. The creation of the hit show Happy Days put Marshall on the map, and led to several spin-offs, including Laverne & Shirley, which starred his sister Penny. Marshall turned to the big screen next, and while his first few entries weren't commercially successful, subsequent outings like Nothing in Common, Beaches, and Pretty Woman made him a household name. Contrary to many working in the business, Marshall went out of his way to make each of his sets a happy place, playing pranks on various stars and even ensuring that Julia Roberts ate regular meals after she collapsed during the filming of Pretty Woman. Readers are bound to be as charmed by Marshall himself as they are by the behind-the-scenes anecdotes he shares about his hit television shows and movies. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.