Garry Marshall Quotes

Garry Kent Marshall (November 13, 1934 – July 19, 2016) was an American actor, director, producer, writer, and voice artist best known for creating Happy Days and its various spin-offs, developing Neil Simon's 1965 play The Odd Couple for television, and directing Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve, Mother's Day, The Princess Diaries, and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. He provided the voice of Buck Cluck in Chicken Little.

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Garry Marshall


I think I learned a lot on Beaches. A guy I worked with Dante Spinotti is a wonderful cinematographer and it was his first picture and he went on to be nominated for an Academy Award for "LA Confidential" which was great.

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He convinced me - Fred Freeman - to go to Hollywood and we went to Hollywood to write sitcoms. Joey Bishop actually paid my way to Hollywood.

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Editing is the only process. The shooting is the pleasant work. The editing makes the movie, so I spend all my life in editing.

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[Beaches] is a pretty picture and I just liked having somebody like Bette [Mudler] who can be flying in the big comedy scenes and have her do more like a realistic part.

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I grew up with two sisters, no brothers. There was Ronny who produced "Happy Days" for me and my sister Penny who acts, directs - she does everything. So they were very strong women in my life.

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For Joey Bishop, always was kind of the lost soul, so I did a traffic joke.

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I really wasn't too interested in writing "Father Knows Best" and "Ozzie And Harriet." I thought they were pleasant enough, but it wasn't really what I wanted to do.

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I am a total believer of making the process a good time - make it memorable, have some fun, try to shoot high in your quality and then don't get crazy, see what happens.

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[The movie Beaches] was really about how women fight. Women fight, say terrible things to each other and an hour later they make up and go shopping. I think they got the better idea of how it should be done.

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I always remember writing a page of jokes for a comedian and handing it to him backstage at a club and he read it and then took his cigarette lighter and lit the page on.

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I started as a journalist actually. I graduated from Northwestern Medill School of Journalism and with my degree discovered, once out in the real world, I wasn't very good at it.

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It's always helpful to learn from your mistakes because then your mistakes seem worthwhile.

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I played a lot of ball and got hurt, stitches and this and that. That, sometimes they said, built character. I don't think it built anything.

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“Religion has a good place and it has its good people.”

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“[But in one big way, movies and opera are not alike.] The budget for 'The Grand Duchess' was $2 million, ... The budget for 'Runaway Bride' was $72 million.”

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