Director Garry Marshall dead at 81

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(CBS) Garry Marshall was an actor, director, writer, producer who entertained audiences for more than half a century.

MGN PHOTO: Garry Marshall was an American actor, director, writer and producer. His notable credits included creating Happy Days and its various spinoffs

Marshall died Tuesday in California from complications of pneumonia following a stroke.
Marshall was 81 years old.

By 1979 Garry Marshall had three of the top five shows on television including "Happy Days," "Laverne and Shirley," starring his sister, Penny, and "Mork and Mindy" starring an unknown comic Robin Williams. The show made Williams a star.

Marshall estimated he wrote and directed some 1,000 sitcom episodes.

He moved to movies, directing 18 films including legendary hits like "Pretty Woman," "Beaches" and "Overboard."

On CBS this morning, he talked about how TV has changed over the years.

Gayle; on “Happy Days” you couldn't say the word virgin.

“There was a lot of censorship,” Marshall said. “We would say she was as pure as snow. Sometimes with censorship you have to be smarter, clever.”

To those who knew him, Garry Marshall was the consummate story teller, who was best at making people laugh.

After the news of his death last night – stars took to social media.
Happy Days icon Harry Winkler tweeted: "Rest in Peace .. Thank you for your loyalty, friendship, and generosity."

Movie star Richard Gere said in a statement: “He was a mentor and a cheerleader... he had a heart of the purest gold and a soul full of mischief."

A public memorial service is being planned on his birthday, Nov. 13.

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