Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 21st 2016 Contents B6
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, July 21, 2016
Garry Marshall knew how to
tug at moviegoers heartstrings,
whether with unlikely love in
Pretty Woman or sentimental
loss in Beaches.
But it was goofy, crowd-pleas-
ing comedy that endeared the
writer and director to generations
of TV viewers in hit sitcoms
including Happy Days, Laverne &
Shirley and Mork & Mindy. Mar-
shall, who died Tuesday at 81,
said in a 1980s interview that
humour was his necessary path
"In the neighbourhood where
we grew up in, the Bronx, you
only had a few choices. You were
either an athlete or a gangster, or
you were funny," the New York
Marshall also had a memorable
on-screen presence, using his
hometown accent and gruff deliv-
ery in colourful supporting roles
that included a practical-minded
casino boss untouched by Albert
Brooks disastrous luck in Lost in
America and a crass network
executive in Soapdish.
He died at a hospital in Bur-
bank, California, of complications
from pneumonia following a
stroke, his publicist Michelle Bega
said in a statement. An outpouring
of respect and affection quickly
Ron Howard, who starred as
all-American teen Richie Cun-
ningham on Happy Days before
going on to become one of Hol-
lywood s top directors, wrote on
Twitter that Marshall went by a
simple mantra, "Life is more
important than show business."
"He was a world-class boss and
mentor whose creativity and lead-
ership meant a ton to me," Howard
Richard Gere, who starred
opposite Julia Roberts in Pretty
Woman, said in a statement that
"everyone loved Garry. He was a
mentor and a cheerleader and one
of the funniest men who ever
lived. He had a heart of the purest
gold and a soul full of mischief.
He was Garry."
Henry Winkler, who starred as
Fonzie on Happy Days, saluted
Marshall in a tweet as "larger than
life, funnier than most, wise and
the definition of friend."
"A great, great guy and the best
casino boss in the history of film,"
actor-filmmaker Brooks posted
He rejected retirement, serving
as a consultant on CBS 2015
reboot of The Odd Couple, star-
ring Matthew Perry and Thomas
Lennon, and appearing in an
episode this year as Oscar s father,
Walter. Among his final credits
was Mother s Day, a film released
last April starring Jennifer Aniston,
Kate Hudson and Roberts.
Marshall is survived by his wife,
Barbara, and the couple s three
children, Lori, Kathleen and Scott.
Funeral services will be private
but a memorial is being planned
for his birthday on November 13,
his publicist s statement said.
Pretty Woman filmmaker Marshall dies at 81
Garry Marshall, left, with Pretty Woman stars Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.
• From Page B3
At six feet tall, T&T Guardian s assis-
tant sports editor Rachael King is one
of the shorter people in her family.
The mother of two is a former cap-
tain of the T&T basketball team and
has won several national titles with
Horizons Sports and Cultural Club.
King s journalism job means long hours
as well as the challenges of juggling
exercise, motherhood and being a
Weighing 248 pounds, King s training
regime ideally consists of basketball
twice per week and netball twice a
"Usually, it s basketball on Tuesdays
and Thursdays and netball on Wednes-
days and Sundays. Presently there is
no basketball league so training has
stopped for a while but my netball team
trains for ten months of the year so
that s ongoing.
Like many of the full-figured women
who are participating in fitness events,
King doesn t keep her eyes on the scale.
"I didn t worry much about my
weight during my college-playing years
because I was fit and more muscular.
Post children, my weight bothered me
a bit because it was difficult to adjust
to playing with more weight until I
learned to use it to my advantage.
"Nowadays my weight doesn t bother
me really. Once I am healthy and fit
enough to play my sports, I m good.
Of course if I can get rid of some belly
fat and tone up my arms and legs a
bit, I will be more contented," she said.
The Eckerd College graduate says
she prefers to mix up her training meth-
ods, as she s not a fan of gyms.
"I never really liked working out in
a gym because I find it boring. I like
getting my exercise on a court, bas-
ketball or netball or something outdoors
like walking, running and hiking, not
be choked up in gym where every
minute you have to be cleaning equip-
ment before and after you use it."
One thing King noted was the dif-
ficulty a lot of former female athletes
have in maintaining their peak fitness.
"The dynamics of your life change
when you get married and have chil-
dren. Your time has to be shared. Before
when I could have spent hours working
I can within a time limit and that is
difficult at times.
King is known among her peers as
highly confident, disciplined and
strong-willed. She has also taken this
approach to her fitness.
"Don t try to put me in a box, I won t
fit and it has nothing to do with my
size. My confidence, resilience and pos-
itive demeanour won t let me be con-
fined," she said.
"I have a rock-solid mind and a
never-say-never attitude. You can be
slim, tall, short or big-bodied, if you
don t have that mentality, there is not
much you will accomplish as an athlete
'My eyes aren't
on the scale'
"I have a rock-solid mind and
a never-say-never attitude.
You can be slim, tall, short or
big-bodied, if you don't have
that mentality, there is not
much you will accomplish as
an athlete or otherwise."
---Rachael King, former national
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