Garry Marshall: 10 stories from his memoir
Recently, director Garry Marshall has become known as the man behind the ensemble romantic comedies 'Valentine's Day' and 'New Year's Eve.' But he's also been behind many older hit films such as 'Pretty Woman,' 'The Princess Diaries,' and 'Beaches,' as well as creating the TV show 'Happy Days.' Marshall has also done acting work, making cameo appearances in many of his own films as well as appearing in sister Penny Marshall's movie 'A League of Their Own' and the movie 'Soapdish' as well as acting in other films and TV shows and producing others. Marshall remembers his experiences behind and in front of the camera in his new memoir, 'My Happy Days In Hollywood.'
1. Camp days led to the creation of Fonzie
Marshall was inspired to create the iconic character of greaser Arthur Fonzarelli, better known as Fonzie, by his best friend at a camp called Greenkill, located in the Catskill Mountains in New York, where he worked at as a counselor when he was a teenager. Marshall says his friend Pete Wagner was the basis for Fonzie. "A cool, silent type with penetrating eyes," Marshall writes of Wagner. "Pete had the confidence, self-esteem, and 'cool' quality I admired and wanted to cultivate for myself. He told me the best book you could read was 'Catcher in the Rye,' and he was right." At Greenkill, the staff found out Marshall knew some Yiddish and gave him all the Jewish campers. Marshall says he would conduct weekly services for them which he would make up off the top of his head.