‘Pretty Woman’ director dies at 81

Garry Marshall...Hollywood icon.

Garry Marshall…Hollywood icon.

Renown film and television writer, director, and actor Garry Marshall passed away on Tuesday, July 19 at the age of 81, from complications of pneumonia following a stroke at a hospital in Burbank, California, according to a statement from his publicist and representative.

The Hollywood icon’s credits and work include both TV and film that spans over 50 years. Marshall’s most recent film “Mother’s Day” (2016), which he wrote and directed, reunited him with actress Julia Roberts whom he directed in “Pretty Woman” in 1990.

After beginning his career as a writer for TV shows in the early 1960s (including “The Jack Paar Tonight Show” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show”), Marshall gained recognition in the ’70s for the numerous TV shows he created including “Happy Days” and its various spinoffs that included “Joanie Loves Chachi,” “Laverne & Shirley,” and “Mork & Mindy.” 

Marshall also developed Neil Simon’s 1965 play “The Odd Couple” into the notable TV series.

Marshall began his illustrious film directorial career with 1982’s “Young Doctors In Love” starring Sean Young, followed by “The Flamingo Kid” which he also wrote and which starred Matt Dillon. His directorial resume includes recognized films such as “Overboard” (1987), “Beaches” (1988), and “The Princess Diaries” (2001).

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