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Penny Marshall Wrote Memoir in Response to False Health Reports

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- You don't need to ask Penny for her thoughts. You can just buy her new memoir.

Penny Marshall's book, My Mother Was Nuts, explores her personal life and her illustrious career. Aside from starring on the 1970s sitcom Laverne & Shirley, Marshall directed hit films, including Big and A League of Their Own.

She says one reason why she put pen to paper was to dispel the constant rumors that she's in failing health. Marshall, who's battled lung cancer, tells ABC News Radio, "I figured since they keep writing in the rags that I'm dying every couple of months, they like to come out with something like that, and I'm not, knock wood, I dodged a major bullet, I'm fine so I figured why not?"

Marshall, 69, admits that she wishes she hadn't smoked, which she says brought on her cancer.

Her goal for the memoir is simple: "I hope people read it and enjoy themselves and learn something."

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