Garry Marshall Dies: Richard Gere, Anne Hathaway & More Celebs Mourn His Death


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Garry’s 50 plus career as a writer, TV show wrier/creator and film director put him in contact withjust about every major star in Hollywoodat one point or another. But it was his forte at directing romantic comedies likePrettyWomanthat really set him apart. He knew how to show off the complex relationships between men and womenand families in such ensemble comedies as Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eveand Mother’s Day,which only came out in April, so his creative genius was still going right until the very end!HisPretty WomanandRunaway Brideleading manRichard Gere,66, put out astatementupon hearing of Garry’s passingthat read: “Garry of course wasone of those truly important people  one is blessed to meet in one’s lifetime. Besides being the pulse and life force ofPretty 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.”Garry helped put on the map some of the greatest comedies in TV history, creating and writing 1970’s classics Happy Days,Laverne and Shirley andMork and Mindyjust to name a few.Henry Winkler, 70, who played Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli was one of the first to celebrate Garry’s incredible life and friendship.GARRY MARSHALL Rest InPeace .. Thank you for my professional life. Thank you for your loyalty , friendship and generosity .— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real)July 20, 2016Garry gaveAnne Hathaway, 33, her big career boost when he directed her inThe Princess Diariesand it’s sequel.Garry Marshall, forever in my heart.pic.twitter.com/H76VjD7SnO— Anne Hathaway (@AHathawayNews)July 20, 2016The legendary helmer gaveJason Alexander, 56, a big break five years before he became part of TV history onSeinfeld. He played tycoon Richard Gere’s lawyer and money man inPretty Woman, where he was the total bad guy. Jason says he’ll never forget the experience.Garry Marshall gave me one of the best experiences I ever had in my career. Thanks pal. RIP— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander)July 20, 2016And the tributes just keep pouring in…..Garry Marshall, without you there’d be no me. My heart is aching.#Mentor#Godfather#Dearfriendpic.twitter.com/ndeSiNRXM6— John Stamos (@JohnStamos)July 20, 2016I was blessed to have worked with Garry Marshall. Not only was he a wonderful director, but also, he was a gentle, loving, kind man.#RIP— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano)July 20, 2016Garry Marshall hired me at 15 years old. He gave my wife her start at 18, as a makeup artist. He changed our lives. And MANY others.#love— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe)July 20, 2016Garry Marshall was as sweet as he was generousand he told a great story. He will be missed.— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers)July 20, 2016Garry Marshall. Lovely man.— Steve Carell (@SteveCarell)July 20, 2016

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