Garry Marshall

Garry Marshall

Garry Marshall was a veteran producer, director and writer of film, television and theatre. After graduating from Northwestern University, he created some of television’s most beloved situation comedies, including Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy and The Odd Couple. Mr. Marshall was passionate about live theatre. The Roast, a play he co-wrote with Jerry Belson, ran at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York. In addition, he co-wrote the play Wrong Turn at Lungfish with Lowell Ganz, which is published by Samuel French. Garry directed Lungfish in Chicago with Laurie Metcalf at Steppenwolf, off-Broadway with George C. Scott at the Promenade Theatre and in Los Angeles with Hector Elizondo at the Falcon Theatre. At the request of Placido Domingo, he made his operatic directing debut at Los Angeles Opera in 2005, with his own adaptation of Offenbach’s The Grand Duchess, starring Frederica von Stade. Mr. Marshall directed 18 movies. Among them are Pretty Woman, Beaches, Overboard, The Princess Diaries 1 & 2, Runaway Bride, Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve, starring Robert DeNiro, Hilary Swank and Halle Berry. His last film, 2016’s Mother’s Day, starred Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, and Julia Roberts. Mr. Marshall wrote two autobiographies with his daughter, Lori Marshall, Wake Me When It’s Funny and My Happy Days in Hollywood. In 1997, Mr. Marshall built a live theatre space in his neighborhood called the Falcon Theatre, where he oversaw all productions and developed his movies with his long-time co-producer, Heather Hall. After Mr. Marshall’s passing in 2016, his wife of 53 years, Barbara, and three children, renamed his theatre. Garry Marshall Theatre, a non-profit organization, continues to promote art and artists as Garry did all his life. Please visit the website at

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