Lindsay Lohan pays a touching tribute to Happy Days creator Garry Marshall


Lindsay Lohan is the latest star to pay tribute to Happy Days creator Garry Marshall, who has died at the age of 81.

Garry, who also created Mork & Mindy starring Robin Williams and directed hit films including Pretty Woman, The Princess Diaries and Valentine's Day, died of complications from pneumonia after a stroke.

The star of Mean Girls and Disney's The Parent Trap - lately seen on the stage in London's West End - shared a photo of Garry, who directed her in his 2007 movie Georgia Rule.

Lindsay, 30, captioned the picture with a heartfelt recollection of the way the Beaches director took her under his wing.

She told her 4.7 million followers: "#GarryMarshall gave me an opportunity to be in the wonderful film Georgia Rule ... His beautiful family are so talented and caring In so many ways.

"More than that, when people doubted me, he didn't. He stood by me and for that I am forever grateful for another guardian angel in the heavens above."

Lindsay on stage in the West End in Speed-The-Plow (Ian West/PA)
Lindsay on stage in the West End in Speed-The-Plow (Ian West/PA)

She added: "#RIP & my love goes out to the Marshall family. Bless you. I thank Garry for his beautiful heart, work & wisdom."

Happy Days star Henry Winkler led the tributes following news of the film-maker's death.

Garry Marshall at a screening of Mother's Day
(Sylvain Gaboury/AP)

Henry shot to fame playing Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli in the family comedy and has said he owes Garry his career.

Garry died in hospital in Burbank, California, on July 19, his publicist, Michelle Bega, said.

Director Ron Howard, who also starred in Happy Days as Richie Cunningham, also paid tribute.

Garry, who was a former journalist, first found success in 1970 when he and his writing partner turned the Broadway show The Odd Couple into a TV series.

His first big-screen success came with Pretty Woman, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in 1990. The film was such a hit the pair reunited for Runaway Bride in 1999.

Garry Marshall, left, and Julia Roberts arrive at the premiere of Valentine's Day
Garry with Julia Roberts (Matt Sayles/AP)

The funeral service will be private, but a memorial is being planned for his birthday on November 13.