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Pretty Woman director Garry Marshall dies at 81

Pretty Woman director Garry Marshall dies at 81

Many share a common theme: the icon, whose vast credits include Happy Days, Mork & Mindy and Pretty Woman, was not only driven and talented but also magnanimous and kind.

Garry, who made many onscreen cameos during his days, was most known for directing blockbuster comedies , Overboard, Runaway Bride and The Princess Diaries.

By 1979 Garry Marshall had three of the top five shows on television including "Happy Days", "Laverne and Shirley", starring his sister, Penny, and "Mork and Mindy" starring an unknown comic Robin Williams.

"If you never met Garry Marshall, I'm sorry", said Thomas Lennon who plays the character "Felix Unger" on the rebooted version of "The Odd Couple" that Marshall was a consultant on. He also teamed up with his writing partner Jerry Belson for the screenplay for feature film How Sweet It Is.

Gayle; on "Happy Days" you couldn't say the word virgin.

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Garry Marshall directed Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in 1990's smash 'Pretty Woman.' BUENA VISTA PICTURES/EVERETT COLLECTION ... Many other celebs have spoken out about the ways they remember him.

Beginning his career in the 1960's as a writer for television shows, Marshall created and produced television and films up until the very end of his life, he directed 2016's "Mother's Day", the latest entry in a series of commercially successful films centered on holidays.

His representative confirmed the sad news. Besides being the pulse and life force of "Pretty Woman", a steady helmsman on a ship that could have easily capsized. "Garry Marshall gave me one of the best experiences I ever had in my career". Likewise "Pretty Woman" turned Julia Roberts into a full-fledged movie star, and was not only a box office small but also a cultural touchstone.

If you had to live on a deserted island, you could do far worse than to take the work of Hollywood legend Garry Marshall along to keep you company. Gary Marshall I love you.

Marshall is survived by his wife, Barbara, to whom he was married since 1963; son Scott, a film director; and daughters Lori, an actress and casting director, and Kathleen, an actress; a number of grandchildren; and sisters Penny Marshall, an actress and film director, and Ronny Hallin, a TV producer. His funeral services will be private, but his publicist said there is a memorial planned for his birthday on November 13.


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