Barbara Marshall Bio – Wiki
Barbara Marshall was Garry Marshall’s wife for 53 years until his sudden death in 2016 from a stroke. In the new ABC special The Happy Days of Garry Marshall, she and their three children — Lori, Kathleen, and Scott — appear many times to talk about their father’s legacy.
Garry Marshall & Barbara Marshall Relationship
In the ABC documentary, Barbara talks about her first date with Garry, when they met in Hollywood in 1963.
“Garry and I had our first date at a bar and he started being funny and telling a few jokes and entertaining me. And I remembered a joke I’d heard on The Jack Paar Show, so I thought I’d show him I could be funny too. So I started telling a joke and I couldn’t remember the ending and he picked it right up and finished it. And I said, ‘Oh, that’s great, you saw the same joke I saw on TV!’ and he said, ‘No, I wrote it.’”
That was in September and it was pretty much it for both of them. They were engaged three months later and married the following spring.
“She was the wind beneath his winds,” said Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg in the ABC special.
Richard Gere, who starred in several of Marshall’s movies, added, “I don’t think Garry would have survived without her. He made an incredible choice here to have someone in his life who allowed him to be a goofball.”
Garry and Barbara started their family immediately after getting married. Oldest daughter Lorraine “Lori” Gay was born nine months later, in December 1964. In 1967, they welcomed daughter Kathleen, and in 1969, they had their son, Scott.
All three children followed in their father’s footsteps and went into show business. Lori previously worked in casting and also appears on screen in small parts in several of her father’s movies. Kathleen acted on stage in New York after graduating from her father’s alma mater, Northwestern University, and like her sister, appears in several of her father’s films. Scott has also done several of their dad’s movies, but he also directs, with several movies of his own to his credit.
Garry Marshall Death
Garry Marshall was a director, producer, writer, and actor who created some of the most iconic movies and television shows of all time. On Tuesday, May 12, ABC is broadcasting a special called The Happy Days of Garry Marshall, which features some of his beloved collaborators reflecting on his life and his work now that he has passed away.
In July 2019, Marshall, who was 81 years old at the time, suffered a stroke and was hospitalized. According to his son, Scott, the immediate family was able to see him while he was still conscious.
“I was at my son’s little league game when my mom called and her voice cracked a little and she said dad’s in the hospital and he had had a stroke,” Scott recalled in the documentary. “On Friday, my three kids came to see him and they threw the ball with him, and then the next day, he didn’t wake up. He was still alive, but he was in a coma.”
Marshall’s daughter Kathleen said that when things took a turn, they just started calling people. Dozens of Marshall’s friends and collaborators were able to come to the hospital to say goodbye.