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Stars Remember Garry Marshall With Touching Tributes On Social Media

On Tuesday, Hollywood director Garry Marshall, who gave us classics such as
“Pretty Woman” and “Princess Diaries” among countless others, died at the age of 81.

Upon hearing news of his death, the tributes from celebrities started pouring in. Stars including Tom Hanks, Goldie Hawn, Sarah Paulson, Rob Lowe and Henry Winkler took to social media to express their condolences and share touching tributes to the Hollywood icon.

Garry Marshall, without you there'd be no me. My heart is aching. #Mentor #Godfather #DearFriend. I love you.

A photo posted by John Stamos (@johnstamos) on Jul 19, 2016 at 9:50pm PDT

Mr. Marshall, it was an honor. We will miss you..

A photo posted by Lea Michele (@msleamichele) on Jul 19, 2016 at 9:00pm PDT

A hard day for those of us in the Garry camp. In reflection, I share some memories and feelings with you. Garry and I were shooting Mothers Day this past year my children came to visit the set. I was behind a wall about to do a scene waiting for the very words that every working actor is quite used to, "and….ACTION!" Much to my pleasant surprise the voice booming from behind the wall was my son, Ryder. I couldn't help but smile and after we finished the scene both Garry and I shared a moment. We knew in an instant that so many things come full circle. That once upon a time that was me on his lap yelling ACTION for my mother and pa on Overboard in 1987. That in Garry's words in that moment, "The circle of life is an amazing thing isn't it…" In that moment he was more then my director, he was family. That moment meant way more then any success of any film. I looked around the set and saw faces I had known and seen since I was a little girl. In one flash of a moment there was so much recognition of how loyal, wonderful, kind, generous, funny and profound Garry was. He kept his loved ones close, he loved people, he loved making movies, he loved to laugh, he loved loved loved. And those of us who were fortunate to know him like this were so lucky. The messages Garry shared with the world truly represented his character. He wanted peace and the importance of family and connection to be at the forefront of everything he did. I have so much admiration for his purity of such loving messages. He created things that made us feel good because he just wanted people around him to be happy. Once while shooting Raising Helen, I was reaching for a laugh. I didn't feel that a scene was going right and I wasn't hitting the joke and I was incredibly frustrated. He came over to me and gently held my hand and said, "Kate, sometimes we don't need to laugh, sometimes making us smile is even more important." Garry wanted to see the world smile because he knew we all need more of that. To everyone in the Garry Marshall family, I love you all so much. I will miss you Garry I love you.

A photo posted by Kate Hudson (@katehudson) on Jul 20, 2016 at 6:02am PDT

Heaven just got funnier. I love you Garry. Thank you for everything. #GarryMarshall #RIP

A photo posted by Anne Hathaway (@annehathaway) on Jul 20, 2016 at 9:01am PDT

I couldnt sleep last night. The moon was too bright and my heart was too full of fresh grief at Garrys passing. I went outside and sat in the absurd blue-white bath of moon, surprised to see my night shadow, I thought, Garry left on a good night. This morning, I got a text from Heather Matarrazzo saying Of course Garry left on a full moon. If you know Garry, that he went out when there should be darkness and instead there is full, rare, magic light, is too perfect to be coincidence. Its so him. Garry was goodness itself. He was generous. He was kind beyond kind. He was thoughtful and sweet and so funny you would pee yourself a little. I met him when I was a child who thought she was a grown-up; he treated me with grace and patience and respect and always, always love. Im so happy I made three films with him. Im so happy he blessed my son in my belly the last time I saw him (we never think it will be the last time). Before we made the Princess Diaries, he told me You never know if a movie is going to be a hit or not. The only thing you can control is the memories you make when shooting it. So, lets make some good memories. That advice changed my life even more than the film did. I wish I could say I practice that perfectly, but I can't. Garry loved my rough patches too, and forgave them before I even apologized. He wasnt interested in judgement or non-plot related conflict. He just wanted to have fun and laugh and do good work. He was so, so smart and canny, and yet he lived entirely from his heart. Thats how he made movies too. You dont meet a lot of people that kind of courageous nowadays. I couldnt see it when he was right in front of me, but I see him so clearly now that he has moved on- Garry was a Hero. Not a run-into-a-burning-building-to-save-a-hampster hero per se, but he looked on the bright side of every situation and was unfailingly warm and loving to everyone he met. How simple. How extraordinary. Garry: for a kid from the Bronx with weak lungs, you did good. Im happy to have known you. I can never thank you enough for my life. Im going to do my best to be just like you. I love you. Safe travels, my friend.

A photo posted by Anne Hathaway (@annehathaway) on Jul 20, 2016 at 1:58pm PDT

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