What a loss! Tinseltown is a little less bright with the news of legendary writer/director Garry Marshall’s passing at age 81. He worked with some of the biggest names in the business and Hollywood is mourning his death. Keep reading for tributes from Richard Gere, Henry Winkler and more.
Garry’s 50 plus career as a writer, TV show wrier/creator and film director put him in contact with just about every major star in Hollywood at one point or another. But it was his forte at directing romantic comedies like Pretty Woman that really set him apart. He knew how to show off the complex relationships between men and women and families in such ensemble comedies as Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve and Mother’s Day, which only came out in April, so his creative genius was still going right until the very end!
His Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride leading man Richard Gere, 66, put out a statement upon hearing of Garry’s passing that read: “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… 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.”
Garry helped put on the map some of the greatest comedies in TV history, creating and writing 1970’s classics Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley and Mork and Mindy just to name a few. Henry Winkler, 70, who played Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli was one of the first to celebrate Garry’s incredible life and friendship.
GARRY MARSHALL Rest In Peace .. Thank you for my professional life. Thank you for your loyalty , friendship and generosity .
— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) July 20, 2016
Garry gave Anne Hathaway, 33, her big career boost when he directed her in The Princess Diaries and it’s sequel.
The legendary helmer gave Jason Alexander, 56, a big break five years before he became part of TV history on Seinfeld. He played tycoon Richard Gere’s lawyer and money man in Pretty Woman, where he was the total bad guy. Jason says he’ll never forget the experience.
Garry Marshall gave me one of the best experiences I ever had in my career. Thanks pal. RIP
— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) July 20, 2016
And the tributes just keep pouring in…..
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) July 20, 2016
I was blessed to have worked with Garry Marshall. Not only was he a wonderful director, but also, he was a gentle, loving, kind man. #RIP
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 20, 2016
Garry Marshall hired me at 15 years old. He gave my wife her start at 18, as a makeup artist. He changed our lives. And MANY others. #love
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) July 20, 2016
Garry Marshall was as sweet as he was generous and he told a great story. He will be missed.
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) July 20, 2016
Garry Marshall. Lovely man.
— Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) July 20, 2016
I only met Garry Marshall once, when I was very young, but he was incredibly warm, encouraging, and generous with his time and energy. 💙
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) July 20, 2016
So sad to hear about the passing of the incredible Garry Marshall.. You will be missed.. ❤️🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/jOBXevwMFy
— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) July 20, 2016
Oh, man. RIP Garry Marshall. Sad. Just talked to him. Great guy.
— marc maron (@marcmaron) July 20, 2016
So sad to hear that Garry Marshall just passed, he brought us great TV! My condolences to his family #RIPGarry🙏 Pretty Woman, Happy Days…
— La Toya Jackson (@latoyajackson) July 20, 2016
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) July 20, 2016
RIP Garry Marshall, who gave the world so much laughter, joy, and humanity. Your messages of kindness and compassion will always be with us.
— Adam Shankman (@adammshankman) July 20, 2016
Once asked Garry Marshall to name his greatest movie star.
'Julie Andrews, she could act, she could sing, she curses with perfect diction.'
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 20, 2016
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HollywoodLifers, what was your favorite Garry Marshall film?