Garry Marshall Dead at 81

Among his other accomplishments, comedy legend Garry Marshall gave us "Happy Days," "Laverne & Shirley," and introduced the world to Robin Williams.

Published Jul 19, 2016

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Garry Marshall, an American film writer, actor, producer and director best known for the hit TV series "Happy Days," "Laverne & Shirley" (starring his sister, Penny Marshall) and "Mork & Mindy" (starring a very young Robin Williams), not to mention top-grossing Hollywood movies like "Pretty Woman," "The Princess Diaries" and "Valentine's Day," has died in Burbank, California at the age of 81.

Marshall's publicist said the comedy legend died Tuesday of complications from pneumonia following a stroke. Friends and celebrities who had worked with him over his long career took to Twitter to express their love and gratitude:

Marshall is survived by his wife, Barbara, and their three children, Lori, Kathleen and Scott.


Weber, Bruce.  "Garry Marshall, 'Pretty Woman' Director and Comedy Mastermind, Dies at 81."   New York Times. 20 July 2016.

King, Susan.  "Garry Marshall Recalls Happy and Not-So-Happy Days."   Los Angeles Times.  7 May 2012.

David Emery is a Portland-based writer and editor with 25 years of experience fact-checking rumors, hoaxes, and contemporary legends.

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