Director Garry Marshall Dead at 81

Director Garry Marshall Dead at 81

Garry Marshall
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Garry Marshall has passed away this week at the age of 81. The director died from complications of pneumonia following a stroke on Tuesday at a hospital in Burbank, California.

He was a writer, director and producer with a career spanned several decades in both TV and film, starting with hit sitcoms like “Happy Days” and “The Odd Couple” before Marshall moved onto directing Hollywood films like “Beaches,” “Pretty Woman” and “The Other Sister.”

He was a New York native who was born in the Bronx, and switched careers after first working as a reporter for the New York Daily News.

Marshall majored in journalism at Northwestern University.

Marshall moved to Los Angeles in 1961 to write for TV shows like “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” In 1970, he started working as a producer on “The Odd Couple,” then produced “Happy Days,” “Laverne and Shirley” and “Mork and Mindy.”

Marshall spent the 1980’s directing films, but his true breakout came in 1990 with “Pretty Woman,” which also turned Julia Roberts into one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

Marshall directed several films through the 1990’s and 2000’s, including “The Princess Diaries” and “Runaway Bride.”

Marshall’s funeral services will be private, although a memorial is being planned for his birthday on November 13th. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Sue Marshall, three children and six grandchildren.