(from the Associated Press, 7/19; via Pam Green.)

Writer-director Garry Marshall, whose deft touch with comedy and romance led to a string of TV hits that included “Happy Days” and “Laverne & Shirley” and the box-office successes “Pretty Woman” and “Runaway Bride,” has died. He was 81. 

Marshall died Tuesday at a hospital in Burbank of complications from pneumonia after having a stroke, his publicist Michelle Bega said in a statement. 


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