Garry Marshall who was known for his down to Earth and compassionate work left us at the age of 81.
In this age of CGI filled movies and on the edge dramas, there is little warmth in some movies like Mother’s Day that speak to all audience at some level. It might not have been a blockbuster like some other movies but the business it did was for the deliverance of beautiful emotions and celebration of motherly love with children. That is what director Garry Marshall had in mind when he paid homage to his own mother through the movie.
Garry Marshall’s movies have that quality of bringing a warmth to your heart and a smile to your face. Too bad that Mother’s Day is the last movie we will get to see from the legendary director. Sadly, Garry Marshall passed away this Tuesday due to complication during suffering from pneumonia followed by a stroke at a hospital in Burbank, California. He was in the company of his beloved family when he passed away. In a statement by his family, the remembered him on Tuesday evening saying, “He loved telling stories, making people laugh, and playing softball, winning numerous championships”
Garry was born in Bronx, New York. His father was industrial film director and his mother Marjorie was a tap-dance instructor. Marshall was the eldest of three children. Marshall would later credit his mother for coaxing him and his sister Penny Marshall into comedy. That was the inspiration when he majoring in journalism at Northwestern University. Marshall then moved to Los Angeles, where he started his Hollywood career.
He started his career with writing jokes for a range of shows like The Tonight Show for Joey Bishop and then Jack Paar. Jerry Belson was his partner while they worked on The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Lucy Show. He produced The Odd Couple, and famously cast his sister in Laverne and Shirley, which he created, launching her career. His other hit shows include, Happy Days and Mork & Mindy.
Marshall also stepped into making movies in 1984 with The Flamingo Kid. This was the first time he worked with Hector Elizondo. Elizondo then progressed to be almost in all of his movies. Marshall then went on to direct 18 films including such blockbuster hits such as Pretty Woman, Beaches, and The Princess Diaries.
Marshall was a big family man and most of his movie ideas were inspired by his family. His actors who went on to become great actors with their own influence always returned for Marshall’s movies. Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway are among some of the names that considered him family and talked about him in fond words.
Marshall’s passing away is an end of an era in Hollywood for loving, beautiful movies that were your favourite. He is missed by all his family including his wife Barbara; sisters Ronny Hallin and Penny Marshall; children Lori, Kathleen, and Scott; and his six grandchildren, people who worked with him and his fans.
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