Hollywood TV/film Legend Garry Marshall Dead at Age 81


Garry Marshall, ‘Pretty Woman’ Director and Creator of ‘Happy Days,’ has died at a hospital in Burbank, California, at the age of 81. He was suffering complications from pneumonia after a stroke died at 5 p.m.

“Mother’s Day” was his most recent film in which reconciled him with the romantic comedy Pretty Woman star Julia Roberts.

Pretty Woman star Garry Marshall shares memories of directing Julia Roberts & Richard Gere. In a statement Richard Gere, who starred in “Pretty Woman,” said, “Garry, of course, was one of those truly important people one is blessed to meet in one’s lifetime. Besides being the pulse and life force of Pretty Woman,”Garry Marshall said to The Hollywood reporter. “A steady helmsman on a ship that could have easily capsized … he was a super fine and decent man, husband and father who brought real joy and love and infectious good spirits to every thing and everyone he crossed paths with. Everyone loved Garry. He was a mentor and a cheerleader and one of the funniest men who ever lived. He had a heart of the purest gold and a soul full of mischief. He was Garry.”

The Bronx-born Hollywood legend began his career as a joke writer like as Joey Bishop and Phil Foster, after that he became a writer and he moved in Hollywood in 1961. He created a lot of movies and television series: Mother’s Day, The Odd Couple, Pretty Woman, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, Happy Days, Overboard, Beaches, Exit to Eden, The Princess Diaries and much, much more.

The “Happy Days” director was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame for his various contributions for TV program. He created 14 TV series and produced more than thousands of half-hour episodes.

He was also an actor acting CBS series “The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show.” He was also acting in Murphy Brown, Soapdish and On the Lot. He gave a guest-starring voice for The Simpsons, Eight Misbehavin’ and Homer the Father.

Marshall was awarded for “Women in Film Lucy Award”. He received the “Valentine Davies Award” on 1995 and the Writers Guild of America gave him the Laurel Award for TV Writing Achievement in 2014.

Garry Marshall is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara, three children, Kathleen, Scott and Lori; and six grandchildren.


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