Garry Marshall, best known as the creator of the classic TV series Happy Days and the director of 90s rom-com Pretty Woman, has died aged 81.
His publicist confirmed the sad news that Marshall died late on Tuesday in Burbank California, after suffering complications from pneumonia following a stroke.
The multi-talented director, producer and writer had a hand in some of the most seminal TV and film of the last 50 years. His TV credits included writing sitcoms The Odd Couple, The Lucy Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show.
In the 1970s, Marshall struck gold by created Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley – which also starred his sister Penny Marshall – and Mork and Mindy which starred a young Robin Williams.
Marshall also wrote and directed huge blockbuster movies including Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride, both starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, Beaches starring Bette Midler, The Princess Diaries and its sequel, both starring Anne Hathaway and the Al Pacino/Michelle Pfeiffer rom-com Frankie and Johnny.
Most recently, Garry Marshall directed his all-star ‘holiday’ trilogy of movies – Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve and 2016’s Mother’s Day.
Garry Marshall was a titan of Hollywood and will be sorely missed. Our condolences go out to his family at this very sad time.