Garry Marshall: A Directing Mastermind and Friend to All

Hollywood has lost one of its most prized gems. Garry Marshall, director of notables that include ‘Pretty Woman,’ ‘Runaway Bride,’ and ‘The Princess Diaries,’ has died at age 81 due to complications of pneumonia following a stroke.

While a memorial is set for November 13th, which would have been Marshall’s 82nd birthday, the stars he made famous have taken to social media to honor the filmmaking legend.

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Star of ‘Pretty Woman’ and ‘Runaway Bride,’ Richard Gere said in a statement, “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 everything 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.”

While ‘The Princess Diaries’ phenom, Anne Hathaway hasn’t taken to social media quite yet, the actress was eager to work with Marshall once more on the third installment of the Disney series. Hathaway told E! News in May, “It’s given people the opportunity—you know, little girls and little boys—to curl up with their parents on the couch and throw on their sweatpants and sit and cuddle. It’s a real honor to think that something that you’ve been a part of becomes a part of the fabric of people’s lives.”

Mandy Moore, who Marshall gave her very first role to at the age of 16, posted a photo from ‘The Princess Diaries’ set.

Heather Matarazzo, who played best friend to Hathaway, Lilly Moscovitz, in the Disney series, also tweeted in honor of Marshall.

Henry Winkler, Fonzie in ‘Happy Days’, thanks Marshall for his professional life as well as his friendship and generosity.

Ron Howard, aka Richie Cunningham, added to the ‘Happy Days’ homage.

Katharine McPhee comments on the legacy Marshall leaves in his wake.

I loved him so much. What a man and legacy he leaves behind! #Garymarshall #rip

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Garry touched the lives of many voices in Hollywood, as shown through the outpour of love and respect for the man.

I have been fortunate in the sense that I have not lost many people that have made a significant, life changing impact to my world. Today, we lost someone who not only changed my life, but changed and touched the lives of so many others. Through his work, Garry Marshall was able to make us laugh, cry, feel joy and pride one moment, and the next, utter sadness. But he always did this in a beautiful way that made for such fantastic and timeless films. Each moment I spent with Garry on the set of Mother’s Day was perfect, and is something I am so honored to have experienced. It’s also something I look forward to telling my children about. I will always remember his infectious laugh and his joyful spirit. I am so grateful to of been able to be in his world, even for a small moment. Garry, you will be truly missed…

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May you rest in peace, Garry. You put on quite a show.

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