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Mystycl 07-20-2016 09:24 AM

RIP Gary Marshall
We have lost another icon... :boohoo:


If one were to count up the number of times any American — or maybe anyone anywhere — laughed in the last half-century, the person responsible for more of those laughs than anyone else might well be Garry Marshall, who died on Tuesday in Burbank, Calif. He was 81.

The lawyer Martin Garbus, who was a childhood friend of Mr. Marshall’s, said he died after a series of strokes.

It would be difficult to overstate Mr. Marshall’s effect on American entertainment. His work in network television and Hollywood movies fattened the archive of romantic, family and buddy comedies and consistently found the sweet spot in the middle of the mainstream.

It might be said that Mr. Marshall, who worked with A-list stars such as Lucille Ball in the 1960s and Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway in the early 21st century (he directed them in the coming-of-age-as-royalty film “The Princess Diaries”), was among the forces that directed that very mainstream.

Beginning in the 1960s, his work in television alone included writing scripts for the well-remembered, star-driven comedies “Make Room for Daddy” (with Danny Thomas), “The Lucy Show” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and developing (with Jerry Belson) Neil Simon’s play “The Odd Couple” into the television series that starred Tony Randall and Jack Klugman as the mismatched roommates Felix, a neatnik, and Oscar, a slob.


Mr. Marshall, with Joe Glauberg and Dale McRaven, created “Mork and Mindy,” the show about a charmingly innocent, logorrheic space alien that made Robin Williams a star; “Laverne and Shirley” (with Lowell Ganz and Mark Rothman), about a pair of blue-collar single women, one of whom was played by Mr. Marshall’s younger sister Penny; and “Happy Days,” a fondly nostalgic parody of middle-American life in the 1950s and early ’60s featuring a roster of stereotypical teenagers, including Ron Howard as Richie, the straight arrow, and Henry Winkler as the rebellious, leather-jacketed charmer, Arthur Fonzarelli, known as the Fonz.

Mr. Marshall began directing movies in the 1980s. Several were high-concept star vehicles that dealt with mismatched pairs: “Nothing in Common” (1986), a reconciliation story with Jackie Gleason and Tom Hanks as cantankerous father and resentful son; “Overboard” (1987), which proposes that a meanspirited heiress with amnesia (Goldie Hawn) can be persuaded to believe she is the wife of a carpenter (Kurt Russell); and most famously “Pretty Woman” (1990), a Cinderella tale — and a gigantic hit — set in contemporary Los Angeles, about a hooker with a heart of gold (Julia Roberts) and her Prince Charming, a ruthless corporate raider (Richard Gere).

“I like to do very romantic, sentimental type of work,” Mr. Marshall told The New York Times as “Pretty Woman” was being released. “It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it.”

As an actor, Mr. Marshall appeared frequently in small roles, cast usually to take advantage of his casually blunt manner and distinctly nasal Bronx accent, perhaps best exemplified by a scene in Albert Brooks’s comedy “Lost in America” (1985), in which he played a Las Vegas casino manager whom Mr. Brooks harangues in an attempt to get him to return the money he lost gambling. When Mr. Brooks says the casino could be like the Gimbels department store in the Christmas movie “Miracle on 34th Street,” profiting from an act of beneficence, Mr. Marshall is the personification of flabbergasted.

“In that movie, Santy Claus took care of everything,” he says in the film. “There was Macy’s, Gimbel’s, but Santy Claus came and fixed the whole thing. We don’t have Santy Claus.”

Garry Kent Marshall was born in the Bronx on Nov. 13, 1934. His father, who was born Anthony Masciarelli but changed the family name, made industrial films. Mr. Marshall recalled them in an interview in 2000 with the Archive of American Television. “‘The Story of Zinc,’ ‘Smelting in the Pittsburgh Mill’ — we watched them,” he said. “Not one laugh.”


His mother, the former Marjorie Ward, was a dance teacher and the family wit who, Mr. Marshall said, introduced him to self-deprecating humor, “which became one of the great tools of humor throughout my career.”

“My mother was funnier than anybody I ever worked for,” he said in the 2000 interview, fingering his sport jacket. “My father was as funny as this coat. Not a laugh a minute, my father.”

As a boy, Mr. Marshall played baseball and basketball; a shortstop, he admired Phil Rizzuto of the Yankees and was known as Flip, he said, for the way he tossed the ball. He kept that name when he performed in comedy clubs, adding his father’s former surname, Masciarelli, which prefigured one of his best-known characters, Arthur Fonzarelli.

He attended Public School 80 and DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx and graduated from Northwestern University, where, he recalled in an interview in The Wall Street Journal in May, “I realized words mattered and I studied journalism.”

In 1956, Mr. Marshall joined the Army and served in South Korea before returning to New York, where he worked briefly for The Daily News, did his comedy routines at night and wrote jokes for the comedian Joey Bishop and others. He moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s.

His survivors include his wife of more than 50 years, Barbara; two sisters, Ms. Marshall, the actor and director, and Ronny Hallin; and three children


Im pretty sure this marks the completed death of my childhood.... :(:(:(

Mystycl 07-20-2016 09:28 AM




Mystycl 07-20-2016 07:13 PM

so sad

Mystycl 07-20-2016 08:59 PM

Among the stars who mourned legendary director and producer Garry Marshall after his death on Tuesday were Happy Days actors Henry Winkler and Ron Howard.

Marshall created Happy Days, which ran from 1974 to 1984, and turned Winkler and Howard into household names as Arthur Fonzarelli and Richie Cunningham, respectively.

“Rest In Peace,” Winkler wrote on Twitter. “Thank you for my professional life. Thank you for your loyalty , friendship and generosity.”

In a later tweet, he added, “Larger than life, funnier than most , wise and the definition of friend.”

After posting several stories about Marshall, Howard wrote how the producer and director’s “humor and humanity inspired.”

“He was a world class boss and mentor whose creativity and leadership meant a ton to me,” he added in subsequent tweets. “I miss Garry already. He leaves a huge void for all who were lucky to be in his orbit. A great friend.”

Read their tweets below. Marshall died from complications of pneumonia following a stroke. He was 81.

Henry Winkler ✔ @hwinkler4real
GARRY MARSHALL Rest In Peace .. Thank you for my professional life. Thank you for your loyalty , friendship and generosity .
10:16 PM - 19 Jul 2016
5,327 5,327 Retweets 15,818 15,818 likes

Henry Winkler ✔ @hwinkler4real
Larger than life, funnier than most , wise and the definition of friend

10:22 PM - 19 Jul 2016
751 751 Retweets 2,140 2,140 likes

Ron Howard ✔ @RealRonHoward
RIP #GarryMarshall whose humor & humanity inspired. He was a world class boss & mentor whose creativity and leadership meant a ton to me.
1:17 AM - 20 Jul 2016
1,404 1,404 Retweets 4,180 4,180 likes

Ron Howard ✔ @RealRonHoward
I miss Garry already. He leaves a huge void for all who were lucky to be in his orbit. A great friend

1:42 AM - 20 Jul 2016
339 339 Retweets 1,377 1,377 likes

TheKdd 07-21-2016 03:23 AM

Yep. Def an icon. :(

ABondgirl00 07-31-2016 08:30 PM

Great memories of so many of his shows.....especially Laverne and Shirley, Happy Days,Mork and Mindy... i could go on and on. Thanks so much for so many laughs!

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