Actor, writer, director, television creator, and a man capable of turning any non-federal holiday into an ensemble romantic-comedy, Garry Marshall has died after suffering a series of strokes. He was 81.
Though, in recent years, Marshall's name has become synonymous with the likes of Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve, and Mother's Day, his contributions to pop culture go far beyond the many relationships he organized en masse. After getting involved in television writing, he created Happy Days and its equally iconic spin-offs, Laverne and Shirley and Mork and Mindy. In film, he also directed The Princess Diaries, Runaway Bride, Dear God, Beaches, Overboard, and perhaps most famously, Pretty Woman, the enduring classic that still today provides hope that our next paid encounter from Craigslist could become our spouse.
Full obit at the New York Times.