"He's such a fantastic character. You don't forget him," Kate Hudson previously told PEOPLE of Garry Marshall
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Kate Hudson‘s relationship with director Garry Marshall went way back.

Hudson, 37, grew up visiting mom Goldie Hawn and her partner Kurt Russell on the set of their hit movie Overboard, where Hudson first met its director, Marshall, when she was just 8 years old.

The Pretty Woman director died Tuesday evening of complications from pneumonia following a stroke. He was 81.

In a 2004 interview with PEOPLE, Hudson opened up about growing up with Marshall on the set of the 1987 film.

“It was great,” she said. “He’s such a fantastic character. You don’t forget him. He was so memorable as a kid.”

Hudson said one of the reasons being on the Overboard set was so fun was because it was a true family experience.

Overboard was such a family set because it was almost like this movie where it had all the kids and we lived in Mendocino,” she said. “They shot it in Mendocino, and my mom had Wyatt and Wyatt was about 10, 11 months old, and so it was great.”

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Hudson went on to work with Marshall on two films, 2004’s Raising Helen and this year’s Mother’s Day.

“I never forgot him,” she said. You know I never forgot his nuances and quirks and stuff.”

Marshall also recalled working with Hawn and Hudson, saying he held the mother-daughter duo close to his heart.

“They’re pretty much the same [person]!” Marshall told PEOPLE at the New York premiere of Mother s Day in April. “[They’re] both funny, have a fun time on the set and help me a lot with my gag reel!”