Few shaped the television landscape like Gary Marshall and launched superstar careers. The legendary writer and director passing away Tuesday from complications from pneumonia after a stroke. According to reports. Among his iconic TV shows, 1970's The Odd Couple. Marshall adapting the Broadway play about two polar opposite divorced men sharing an apartment into an Emmy winning sitcom.
Then, the cultural phenomenon Happy Days, its ten-year run concluding in 1984, with kids everywhere emulating The Fonz, played by then newcomer Henry Winkler. Winkler tweeting Tuesday GARY MARSHALL Thank you for my professional life. That show spawning hit spin offs Laverne and Shirley, co starring Marshall's sister Penny, now also a famous director.
]>> Mork and Mindy with its first whiff of the frenetic talents of Robin Williams. In theaters, Marshall had almost equal cultural impact.>>
Directing a largely unknown Julia Roberts in 1990's Pretty Woman and sending her career into the stratosphere. Other hits include Beaches and the Princess Diaries with a young Anne Hathaway.