Creator of ‘Happy Days’ and Director of ‘Pretty Woman’ dies at 81

Garry Marshall passes away at the age of 81

“Happy Days,” “Laverne and Shirley,” “Mork and Mindy,” “Pretty Woman,” and “The Princess Diaries” are just some of the iconic sitcoms and movies that Gary Marshall has left behind as part of his legacy when he passed away Tuesday, July 20th.

According to Variety, he died in Burbank, California at the age of 81 after he began to suffer complications from pneumonia after having a stroke.

“Garry Marshall had a feel for Everyman, blue-collar comedy that matched exactly the young, blue-collar audience that made up the base of ABC’s appeal,” Bill Carter, a commentator for CNN and former New York Times television reporter said to the New York Times in an email. “He was the dominant figure in the rise of that long downtrodden network to a run of ratings supremacy in the 1970s. It was the first time ABC had ever ascended to the top of television.”

“Garry of course was one of those truly important people one is blessed to meet in one’s lifetime,” Richard Gere said to People. “[H]e 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,” Gere said.

Julie Andrews told E! News that she was devastated by his passing.

“He was a dear friend and colleague…generous to a fault,” Andrews said. My heart goes out to Barbara and the entire family. We shall miss him.”

Many others, such as Jessica Alba, Lea Michele and Mandy Moore have taken to social media to deliver tributes and respect to this great man.

 

R.I.P. Garry Marshall

 

Image retrieved from Flickr.

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