2016 tragically claimed yet another entertainment giant Tuesday, as television and film writer-producer-director Garry Marshall passed away in Burbank, Calif., at the age of 81, following complications of pneumonia following a stroke.
Marshall, however, leaves behind an impressive and iconic television resume – including serving as a writer on several episodes of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" as well as helping bring "The Odd Couple" and, of course, the Milwaukee-set hit sitcom "Happy Days" and its several, often equally beloved, spin-offs to life as their creator.
He also made quite an impact on the big screen, directing beloved romantic comedies like "Pretty Woman," "Runaway Bride" and "The Princess Diaries." And while his late output of movies – ranging from the Lindsay Lohan vehicle "Georgia Rule" to a trio of holiday-themed rom-coms – were often critically panned and performed unremarkably at the box office, there's something to be said about the fact Marshall made films unapologetically for women and about women, a group Hollywood then, and even still now, tends to treat as a niche audience.
Across television and film, Marshall also had a keen eye for burgeoning stars and how to utilize them in his projects. During his career, he helped launch Henry Winkler, Julia Roberts and Anne Hathaway all into stardom. They, and several others who worked with the producer over the years, took to Twitter to pay their respects to Marshall.
Garry Marshall was a wonderful man, hilarious, gifted in the ways of humanity and storytelling. He launched and nur… https://t.co/N1raCJkzQM— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) July 20, 2016
GARRY MARSHALL Rest In Peace .. Thank you for my professional life. Thank you for your loyalty , friendship and generosity .— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) July 20, 2016
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