Hollywood is mourning the loss of Garry Marshall, but for Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway, who were stars of ‘The Princess Diaries’, the news of his death has hit incredibly hard. Read what the actresses said in memory of Garry here.
“I am devastated to hear of Gary [Marshall]’s passing,” Julie Andrews, 80, said in a statement. “He was a dear friend and colleague…generous to a fault. My heart goes out to [his wife] Barbara and the entire family. We shall miss him.”
Anne, who worked with the director on three films took to Instagram and Facebook to share her heartbreak over his passing in a moving message:
I couldn’t sleep last night. The moon was too bright and my heart was too full of fresh grief at Garry’s passing. I went outside and sat in the absurd blue-white bath of moon, surprised to see my night shadow, I thought, “Garry left on a good night.” This morning, I got a text from Heather Matarrazzo saying “Of course Garry left on a full moon.” If you know Garry, that he went out when there should be darkness and instead there is full, rare, magic light, is too perfect to be coincidence. It’s so him. Garry was goodness itself. He was generous. He was kind beyond kind. He was thoughtful and sweet and so funny you would pee yourself a little. I met him when I was a child who thought she was a grown-up; he treated me with grace and patience and respect and always, always love. I’m so happy I made three films with him. I’m so happy he blessed my son in my belly the last time I saw him (we never think it will be the last time). Before we made the Princess Diaries, he told me “You never know if a movie is going to be a hit or not. The only thing you can control is the memories you make when shooting it. So, let’s make some good memories.” That advice changed my life even more than the film did. I wish I could say I practice that perfectly, but I can't. Garry loved my rough patches too, and forgave them before I even apologized. He wasn’t interested in judgement or non-plot related conflict. He just wanted to have fun and laugh and do good work. He was so, so smart and canny, and yet he lived entirely from his heart. That’s how he made movies too. You don’t meet a lot of people that kind of courageous nowadays. I couldn’t see it when he was right in front of me, but I see him so clearly now that he has moved on- Garry was a Hero. Not a run-into-a-burning-building-to-save-a-hampster hero per se, but he looked on the bright side of every situation and was unfailingly warm and loving to everyone he met. How simple. How extraordinary. Garry: for a kid from the Bronx with weak lungs, you did good. I’m happy to have known you. I can never thank you enough for my life. I’m going to do my best to be just like you. I love you. Safe travels, my friend.
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Anne and Julie worked with Garry on the beloved film The Princess Diaries, but that was just one of the legendary director’s iconic movies. He’s also known for memorable films like Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride and ensemble flicks like Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve and Mother’s Day. Stars like Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, Lea Michele and more have developed close relationships with Garry, and it’s clear that Hollywood is absolutely heartbroken and devastated over his death.
“He was a kind man, an elegant man and a loyal, loyal man,” fellow Princess Diaries star Hector Elizondo recalled to Entertainment Tonight. “He just elevated the atmosphere he was in. He mentored so many people. He loved seeing character in people.”
Garry died on July 19 from complications after a bout with pneumonia, his rep confirmed. He was 81 years old.
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