On Tuesday, Hollywood director Garry Marshall, who gave us classics such as
“Pretty Woman” and “Princess Diaries” among countless others, died at the age of 81.
Upon hearing news of his death, the tributes from celebrities started pouring in. Stars including Tom Hanks, Goldie Hawn, Sarah Paulson, Rob Lowe and Henry Winkler took to social media to express their condolences and share touching tributes to the Hollywood icon.
Garry Marshall. What a gem of a man. He was just the kindest, the most patient, the most human and so, so wildly funny. He also did me me the favor of a lifetime and gave me my very first job (at 16) on "The Princess Diaries". Thank you for all the glorious means of laughing and crying and feeling whole and connected, Garry. Sending love to his family (ps: I couldn't find a picture so here's one from the set of that film w Julie and Anne)
I have been fortunate in the sense that I have not lost many people that have made a significant, life changing impact to my world. Today, we lost someone who not only changed my life, but changed and touched the lives of so many others. Through his work, Garry Marshall was able to make us laugh, cry, feel joy and pride one moment, and the next, utter sadness. But he always did this in a beautiful way that made for such fantastic and timeless films. Each moment I spent with Garry on the set of Mother's Day was perfect, and is something I am so honored to have experienced. It's also something I look forward to telling my children about. I will always remember his infectious laugh and his joyful spirit. I am so grateful to of been able to be in his world, even for a small moment. Garry, you will be truly missed…
I am overwhelmed by the sad news that my friend and mentor Garry Marshall has passed away! Introduced by Henry Winkler, we worked together on Sabrina and backs make pals with him and his amazing family. He cast me in Raising Helen ( but the scene was cut from the film), he acted in my directorial debut for the short film Mute and we co-produced a script that almost became a film. He sent me birthday and Christmas cards every year and I treasure each interaction I had with that man. He truly was an inspiration, a kind soul and a loving person. Not to mention the epic television he created for us all!! God red this soul and give comfort to his family!
#RIPGaryMarshall I treasured our time making The Other Sister together. It has gone down as one of the most fullfilling, joyous and profound experiences of my career. He made movie sets a place of warmth humor and magic. And his relationships with people as well. What an honor to have known him. #GiovanniRibisi #DianeKeaton
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.
I couldnt sleep last night. The moon was too bright and my heart was too full of fresh grief at Garrys passing. I went outside and sat in the absurd blue-white bath of moon, surprised to see my night shadow, I thought, Garry left on a good night. This morning, I got a text from Heather Matarrazzo saying Of course Garry left on a full moon. If you know Garry, that he went out when there should be darkness and instead there is full, rare, magic light, is too perfect to be coincidence. Its so him. Garry was goodness itself. He was generous. He was kind beyond kind. He was thoughtful and sweet and so funny you would pee yourself a little. I met him when I was a child who thought she was a grown-up; he treated me with grace and patience and respect and always, always love. Im so happy I made three films with him. Im so happy he blessed my son in my belly the last time I saw him (we never think it will be the last time). Before we made the Princess Diaries, he told me You never know if a movie is going to be a hit or not. The only thing you can control is the memories you make when shooting it. So, lets make some good memories. That advice changed my life even more than the film did. I wish I could say I practice that perfectly, but I can't. Garry loved my rough patches too, and forgave them before I even apologized. He wasnt interested in judgement or non-plot related conflict. He just wanted to have fun and laugh and do good work. He was so, so smart and canny, and yet he lived entirely from his heart. Thats how he made movies too. You dont meet a lot of people that kind of courageous nowadays. I couldnt see it when he was right in front of me, but I see him so clearly now that he has moved on- Garry was a Hero. Not a run-into-a-burning-building-to-save-a-hampster hero per se, but he looked on the bright side of every situation and was unfailingly warm and loving to everyone he met. How simple. How extraordinary. Garry: for a kid from the Bronx with weak lungs, you did good. Im happy to have known you. I can never thank you enough for my life. Im going to do my best to be just like you. I love you. Safe travels, my friend.