Garry Marshall: 10 stories from his memoir

The 'Pretty Woman' and 'New Year's Eve' director Garry Marshall reflects on his time in Tinseltown in his new memoir, 'My Happy Days In Hollywood.'

9. A sports ritual made Al Pacino comfortable

By Pablo Martinez Monsivais/STF/AP

Marshall, who loves sports, started a routine on the set of the movie 'Frankie and Johnny' where, if actors Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer were about to do a tough scene, he, Pacino, and Pfeiffer would put their hands together and shout, "Frankie and Johnny!" Marshall was surprised when, before doing the first publicity interview for the film, Pacino came over to him and Pfeiffer and asked, "Can we do the hand-holding thing?"

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