‘Pretty Woman’ and ‘Mother’s Day’ director Garry Marshall dies, age 81

The Film Doctor team send our love to the family, friends and spirit of Garry Marshall director of hit movies Pretty Woman, New Year’s Eve and Mother’s Day. He passed away last night, aged 81, due to complications of pneumonia according to Variety.

Garry also created legendary hit TV shows such as Happy Days and Mork and Mindy as well as working as an actor throughout his prolific career.

Garry Marshall on the set of 'That Girl' with Marlo Thomas in 1967 – photo by ABC Television
Garry Marshall on the set of ‘That Girl’ with Marlo Thomas in 1967 – photo by ABC Television

Pretty Woman star Richard Gere said: “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.”

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