Garry Marshall, the well-known actor and director who helmed the iconic film Pretty Woman and the Bette Midler–starring Beaches, among many others, has died at age 81 of complications from pneumonia, reports TMZ. His death, confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter, was first reported by Access Hollywood.
Over the course of his more than five-decade career, Marshall amassed credits on such hit projects as The Odd Couple (writer), Mork & Mindy (creator), and Happy Days (creator and executive producer). He was even partially responsible for the latter show’s infamous "jump the shark" moment that spawned its own trope.
Marshall also directed several beloved romantic comedies, including Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride (both starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere) and the film that launched Anne Hathaway’s career, The Princess Diaries. In recent years, he’s been best known for his holiday-themed movies featuring massive all-star ensemble casts such as Valentine’s Day (which marked Taylor Swift’s big-screen debut), New Year’s Eve, and, most recently, Mother’s Day.
Marshall leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Barbara, and three children, as well as his sister Penny Marshall, the star of the TV series Laverne & Shirley, which he also created. According to TMZ, "He had suffered a stroke awhile ago and was in and out of the hospital."
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