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Pretty Woman Director Garry Marshall Dies at 81

Mr Marshall made his directorial debut in 1967 on his series Hey, Landlord. The first feature Marshall directed was the 1982 comedy Young Doctors in Love but his first big screen blockbuster was 1990's Pretty Woman starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.

  | July 20, 2016 12:05 IST (Los Angeles)
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Highlights

  • His sister, actress and director Penny Marshall, confirmed the news
  • Garry Marshall also made Runaway Bride, The Princess Diaries and its sequ
  • He is survived by his wife Barbara and three children
Veteran filmmaker and TV personality Garry Marshall has died. He was 81.
Marshall, who created some of the 1970s' most iconic sitcoms including Happy Days and The Odd Couple and went on to direct hit movies including Pretty Woman and The Princess Diaries, passed away on July 19, reported E! online.
According to his representative, Mr Marshall died from complications of pneumonia following a stroke at a hospital in Burbank, California.
His sister, actress and director Penny Marshall, also confirmed the news.
Born in Bronx, Mr Marshall graduated from Northwestern U's Medill School of Journalism and began his career as a joke writer for comedians including Joey Bishop, then worked on the writing staff of The Tonight Show With Jack Paar
Mr Marshall made his directorial debut in 1967 on his series Hey, Landlord. The first feature Marshall directed was the 1982 comedy Young Doctors in Love but his first big screen blockbuster was 1990's Pretty Woman starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.
The trio reunited for the 1999 box office success Runaway Bride about a woman who keeps leaving her fiances at the altar.
The The Princess Diaries and its sequel were also big hits for Mr Marshall. The films, which made a star of Anne Hathaway, saw global grosses of USD 165 million and USD 135 million, respectively.
He also had a long acting career that began in the early 1960s. He played a hoodlum in the James Bond film Goldfinger and made appearances, most uncredited, in many of his film and TV projects.
Actress Jessica Alba Instagrammed a picture of Mr Marshall and wrote this:
 

Numerous celebrities took to Twitter to pay their respects.
 
 
 
 
 
Robin Williams' daughter Zelda tweeted:
 
Garry Marshall is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara, and three children, including Scott, a film director.
(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

 
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