People everywhere learned to love films such as Pretty Woman and The Princess Diaries, as well hit TV shows like Happy Days. And these are just a few examples of the legacy that their creator left behind when he passed away. This one Garry Marshall tweet summed up the incredible impact he had on people everywhere, both through his work and his kind soul.
Marshall passed away after complications with pneumonia on Tuesday, July 18. He was 81 years old. From classics like Pretty Woman, A League Of Their Own, and The Princess Diaries to more modern and recent hits like Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve, and Mother's Day, it's safe to say that Marshall's legacy spread far and wide — both across genres and across diverse audiences. And his work didn't stop there: Marshall was reportedly working on the Broadway musical version of Pretty Woman, set to be released in 2017. "I had so much fun doing Pretty Woman the first time around that I'm trying it again as a Broadway musical," Marshall said in a statement, according to Elle. "To see Vivian and Edward brought to life again with music will hopefully be something to cheer about the second time around too."
That quote was indicative of Marshall's love of his work, but this one tweet about Marshall speaks volumes to his character:
I don't know many people, especially many acclaimed Hollywood directors, who are described as "sweet" and "generous," but according to Marshall's colleagues and admirers, he was just that. Seth Meyers perfectly summed up Marshall's legacy in a single tweet that showed in addition to incredible storytelling, Marshall had an incredible character that was recognizable to everyone around him.
Marshall proved his storytelling skills for more than 50 years; he started his first writing gig in 1961 when he helped write for The Dick Van Dyke Show. He was relentless in pursuing his production dreams, yet somehow, even after all the fame and critical acclaim, Marshall remained a loving, caring, and generous friend to all.
A number of celebrities reacted to Marshall's death with heartfelt tributes that remembered his legacy, too. But it's clear based on this single tweet from Meyers that Marshall will be missed and mourned by many for years to come.