Garry Marshall, the legendary director, writer and producer who is often credited for ensuring Julia Roberts’ success with his film Pretty Woman, has died on Tuesday evening from complications of pneumonia following a stroke at a Burbank hospital. He was 81.
Marshall was responsible for some of the best small screen entertainment in the 1970s, creating such iconic sitcoms as Mork & Mindy, Happy Days and The Odd Couple. But his success isn’t limited to television. Over his storied career he helmed such films as Overboard, two Princess Diaries films and Valentine’s Day.
A forceful figure in the world of television comedy, Marshall earned five Emmy nominations over the course of his highly celebrated career: four for The Odd Couple and one for Mork & Mindy. But the trophy itself always eluded him.
Marshall studied journalism at Northwester University and served a stint in the army prior to entering the world of show business. He continued to create during his final days, releasing Mother’s Day this past April and completing a rewrite of the book for a Broadway adaptation for Pretty Woman, one of his most recognized big screen creations.