Garry Marshall, the director who launched the careers of the late Robin Williams with "Mork and Mindy", shot Julia Roberts to stardom with "Pretty Woman" and Anne Hathaway in "The Princess Diaries" has died at the age of 81 from pneumonia following a stroke.
Marshall went from being a TV writer to creating sitcoms liked "Happy Days" and "Mork and Mindy" to directing successful blockbusters on the big screen.
He went on to direct Julia Roberts and Richard Gere again in "The Runaway Bride" following the success of "Pretty Woman". "The Princess Diaries" and its sequel were also big hits for Marshall. The films, which made a star of Anne Hathaway, saw global grosses of $165 million and $135 million respectively.
In recent years, he directed the crowd-pleasing, star-studded "Valentine's Day", "New Year's Eve" and the 2016 release, "Mother's Day" which saw him reuniting with Roberts.
(Excerpts from Variety)