After more than four decades of bringing us joy and laughter with films like Pretty Woman and The Princess Diaries, acclaimed director and Happy Days creator Garry Marshall died at the age of 81 on Tuesday, suffering complications from pneumonia.
As we mourn the loss of a Hollywood heavyweight, we’re taking a look back at a handful at the most memorable scenes from the director-producer’s repertoire of films and TV shows.
Arguably the most famous film of his career, Marshall’s Pretty Woman (1990) introduced the world to Julia Roberts and had us all falling in love with the chemistry shared between Roberts and her leading man, Richard Gere. In this particular scene, Edward (Gere) surprises Vivian (Roberts) with an expensive necklace and causes the young beauty to cackle after he closes the jewelry box on her fingers. “I said, ‘Richard, you gotta wake her up a little, so when she reaches for the box, slam it,’ ” Marshall recalled in 2012, adding that the scene was intended for the gag reel. “It was a soft box. I would never hurt her.”
While the 1950s-set Happy Days (1974- 1984) launched spin-offs Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy during its decade-long run, the show’s most memorable scenes almost always starred charismatic greaser Fonzie, played by Henry Winkler.
Bring out the tissues! In one of the most notable testaments to friendships, Marshall’s 1988 film, Beaches, recounted the story of a 30-year relationship shared between best friends C.C. (Bette Midler) and ailing Hillary (Barbara Hershey). If the emotional scene doesn’t get you to start tearing up, the song accompanying their goodbye scene, “Wind Beneath My Wings,” most certainly will.
THE PRINCESS DIARIES
The 2001 rom-com that turned Anne Hathaway into a star featured a memorable makeover scene that completed Mia’s (Hathaway) transformation from an average high school student to a princess – with the help of a top stylist and her grandma, the Queen of Genovia (Julie Andrews).
Marshall’s 2016 film Mother’s Day was his last star-studded work with an ensemble cast – Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis and Kate Hudson, to name a few. It followed his multi-story films Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve, which featured equally A-list casts.