"[I'm] clean as a whistle," asserts Marshall, who credits sensationalist tabloids (or "rags") -- and their recent claims that she nearly died following a cancer/brain tumor scare -- with inspiring her to pen her new memoir My Mother is Nuts.
"The rags write about it and they're wrong…They have me dying every three months," she said. "It's bulls—t. I can't get work so I wrote a book instead."
The actress, who has been in the business since her early twenties, also credits the news media for the downward spiral of young stars in Hollywood today.
"It had always been, you know, if you had been lucky enough to be successful they were waiting for you to fail," Marshall says. "There are a lot of young actors who do great, and then there are some who like to party a little too much. Then it goes on and on in the news and … they keep repeating it over and over."
As for tabloid rumors that have persisted since her Laverne & Shirley days, she sets the record straight on the alleged feud with her co-star Cindy Williams.