Amazon.com to publish book by filmmaker-actress Penny Marshall

Posted: October 12, 2011

NEW YORK - Filmmaker-actress Penny Marshall has a book deal with a fresh twist: The publisher is Amazon.com.

The online retailer has been expanding its publishing operations. Marshall's agent, Dan Strone, announced yesterday that Amazon will release Marshall's memoir "My Mother Was Nuts" in fall 2012. Marshall starred in the 1970s sitcom "Laverne and Shirley" and went on to direct such hits as "Big" and "A League of Their Own." According to Strone, Marshall will also write about her marriage to Rob Reiner, her friendship with John Belushi and her fight against lung and brain cancer in 2009.

Rival booksellers, worried about helping a competitor, have expressed strong reservations about selling books released by Amazon.

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