Hollywood legendary director and producer Garry Marshall is reported dead. He was 81 years old.
Marshall, who created some of the most popular 1970’s TV shows — including “Mork and Mindy” and “Happy Days,” and directed hit films like “Pretty Woman” and “The Princess Diaries” — died on Tuesday in a Burbank hospital, his publicist, Michelle Bega confirmed to CNN.
The Hollywood legend, who directed, produced and starred in films and TV shows since the late 1950’s, died from complications of pneumonia following a stroke at the hospital.
He directed 18 films, including big screen hits like “Beaches,” “Overboard,” “Runaway Bride,” “Valentine’s Day” and 1990’s “Pretty Woman,” which made a star of Julia Roberts and gave Richard Gere his first hit in years.
Marshall was born in The Bronx, New York, and graduated from Northwestern University. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, nurse Barbara Sue Marshall, and leaves behind his two sisters, three children, and six grandchildren.
“He loved telling stories, making people laugh, and playing softball, winning numerous championships. Even at age 81, he had a record this year of 6 – 1 pitching for his team,” Bega said.
Several stars posted tributes to the famed director and producer on social media, thanking him for his many contributions to their craft.