Favorite projects from the legendary Garry Marshall, including Happy Days and Pretty Woman

Garry Marshall

By Leighton Ginn

Legendary producer Garry Marshall will be at Cinemas Palme D’Or on May 14 to promote his latest movie, “Mother’s Day,” featuring Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Kate Hudson.

The 80-year old director and producer have created entertainment that are a part of the American fabric.

He’s also been a star maker, introducing the likes of Julia Roberts, Robin Williams and Anne Hathaway to the world.

So here’s a look at some of his best work.

Pretty Woman

A woman who can be purchased for $3,000 a week became the ultimate Cinderella story and it made Julia Roberts the most iconic female actress of this generation.

Roberts would later  an Oscar and have a storied career, but she will always be known for Pretty Woman, her breakout role. Same could be said for Richard Gere, although he was well-known for American Gigolo. Something about those escort movies.

Hard to believe it’s been over 25 years. Here’s their reunion on the Today Show.

Happy Days

Arguable the most popular television show of the 70s and The Fonz was the biggest star in the world. Aaayyy.

This show also created the term “jumping the shark,” indicating when a popular show lost its way. On Happy Days, it started when The Fonz jumped over a tank full of sharks.

But the show also introduced several stars, including Robin Williams, who played the space alien Mork from Ork.


Mork and Mindy

Robin Williams was so good on Happy Days that ABC created Mork and Mindy, another iconic show that Marshall wrote and produced.

It was a favorite for me as a kid. Sad to think of the show after the passing of Williams.

Here’s a look at a reunion Williams and Pam Dawber had a few years ago.


The Princess Diaries

This 2001 movie would introduce the world to a 16-year-old Anne Hathaway.

It about an awkward teen who learns she’s the princess of a European country. Ironically, life imitated art in the Palm Springs area, when Prince Albert of Monaco had a daughter who lived in Palm Desert in 2006. The real life story paralleled the plot of Princess Diaries.

Laverne and Shirley

The show starred Marshall’s sister Penny, who became an acclaimed filmmaker herself.

Here is the iconic opening credit.


The Odd Couple

I grew up with reruns of The Odd Couple. Just because I grew up to be Felix Unger, it doesn’t mean it had an influence on my life.

OK, maybe it did.

The show is adapted from the Neil Simon play.







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