The New York Timesreports that Amazon.com just paid $800,000 for actor and director Penny Marshall's memoir. Amazon announced the deal at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Amazon is going into the book publishing business, which is causing quite a bit of consternation among agents and publishers.
The memoir is called
My Mother Was Nuts and will be released this fall.
Here's what the release from Amazon said about the books:
Marshall opens up about her childhood and family, including her relationships with brother and early mentor Garry Marshall and sister Ronny. How a decision to move to Hollywood—as a single, newly divorced mother and college drop-out—eventually led to her starring role on the classic sitcom Laverne & Shirley. And how her transition from on-screen star to behind-the-camera quickly led her to become the first woman to direct a movie that made more than $100 million at the box office, an honor bestowed upon Big, which Marshall duplicated just four years later with A League of Their Own.