Garry Marshall: Hollywood Responds to the Death of a Legend

Published July 22, 2016

Director, actor and LGBT ally Garry Marshall died Tuesdaynight at a hospital in Burbank after complications of pneumonia following a stroke at 81.

From Happy Days, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Lucy Show, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, The Odd Couple, Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, and The Princess Diaries, Marshall created extremely popular movies and television shows. For two straight years, Marshall had the two highest-rated series on TV in the mid-70s with Laverne & Shirley and Happy Days. 
Marshall was a strong LGBT ally as well, who attended nearly all the GLAAD/LA. galas, including the first one in 1991. Marshall, a presenter in 2002, was able to mix humor with current events.
After Florida’s new anti-gay adoption law in 2002, Marshall said: “Oh, man what a load of crap that is, huh? And George and Jeb Bush supporting that? What a bunch a’…. These guys are gonna tell us who should and should not adopt a kid?  Can we take a minute to talk about their parenting skills this past year?!  They can’t even keep their own daughters out of jail.  Adopt a kid?  I’d be a little scared to let those two schmucks adopt a highway.”
After news of his death, stars from Jennifer Beals to Shonda Rhimes to Bette Midler to Sarah Paulson expressed their condolences on social media.
“…The vision, joy and camaraderie Garry brought to life didn’t stop behind the camera,” Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay said in a statement. “He channeled his love for the craft of directing into serving our Guild – dedicating himself to protecting the creative rights of directors, as well as teaching newer generations of directors how hard-fought the DGA’s journey has been, and the importance of carrying it forward. All the while, he kept us all smiling – no mean feat. It was an honor, and a delight, for all of us who had the pleasure of serving alongside him.”
Richard Gere starred in Marshall’s hits Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride. He shared, “Garry of course was one of those truly important people one is blessed to meet in one’s lifetime. Besides being the pulse and life force of Pretty Woman…a steady helmsman on a ship that could have easily capsized…he was a super fine and decent man, husband and father who brought real joy and love and infectious good spirits to every thing and everyone he crossed paths with. Everyone loved Garry. He was a mentor and a cheerleader and one of the funniest men who ever lived. He had a heart of the purest gold and a soul full of mischief. He was Garry.”
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A hard day for those of us in the Garry camp. In reflection, I share some memories and feelings with you. Garry and I were shooting Mothers Day this past year my children came to visit the set. I was behind a wall about to do a scene waiting for the very words that every working actor is quite used to, “and….ACTION!” Much to my pleasant surprise the voice booming from behind the wall was my son, Ryder. I couldn’t help but smile and after we finished the scene both Garry and I shared a moment. We knew in an instant that so many things come full circle. That once upon a time that was me on his lap yelling ACTION for my mother and pa on Overboard in 1987. That in Garry’s words in that moment, “The circle of life is an amazing thing isn’t it…” In that moment he was more then my director, he was family. That moment meant way more then any success of any film. I looked around the set and saw faces I had known and seen since I was a little girl. In one flash of a moment there was so much recognition of how loyal, wonderful, kind, generous, funny and profound Garry was. He kept his loved ones close, he loved people, he loved making movies, he loved to laugh, he loved loved loved. And those of us who were fortunate to know him like this were so lucky. The messages Garry shared with the world truly represented his character. He wanted peace and the importance of family and connection to be at the forefront of everything he did. I have so much admiration for his purity of such loving messages. He created things that made us feel good because he just wanted people around him to be happy. Once while shooting Raising Helen, I was reaching for a laugh. I didn’t feel that a scene was going right and I wasn’t hitting the joke and I was incredibly frustrated. He came over to me and gently held my hand and said, “Kate, sometimes we don’t need to laugh, sometimes making us smile is even more important.” Garry wanted to see the world smile because he knew we all need more of that. To everyone in the Garry Marshall family, I love you all so much. I will miss you Garry ❤️ I love you.

A photo posted by Kate Hudson (@katehudson) on Jul 20, 2016 at 6:02am PDT

Kate Hudson reflected, “A hard day for those of us in the Garry camp. In reflection, I share some memories and feelings with you. Garry and I were shooting Mothers Day this past year my children came to visit the set. I was behind a wall about to do a scene waiting for the very words that every working actor is quite used to, ‘and….ACTION!’ Much to my pleasant surprise the voice booming from behind the wall was my son, Ryder. I couldn’t help but smile and after we finished the scene both Garry and I shared a moment. We knew in an instant that so many things come full circle. That once upon a time that was me on his lap yelling ACTION for my mother and pa on Overboard in 1987. That in Garry’s words in that moment, ‘The circle of life is an amazing thing isn’t it…’ In that moment he was more then my director, he was family.”
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