The passing of directing giant Garry Marshall was quickly mourned throughout the entertainment world — from both the many stars he directed to those who loved his heartwarming films.
Actor Rob Lowe grieved the 81-year-old legend, who he credited for changing not only his life but also that of his wife.
"Garry Marshall hired me at 15 years old. He gave my wife her start at 18," he tweeted Tuesday night. "He changed our lives. And many others. #love."
Actor Richard Gere, who played leading man in Marshall's first film "Pretty Woman," and again in "Runaway Bride," said Marshall "had a heart of the purest gold and a soul full of mischief."
"Garry of course was one of those truly important people one is blessed to meet in one's lifetime," he said in a statement to Variety magazine.
"Besides being the pulse and life force of 'Pretty Woman'… a steady helmsman on a ship that could have easily capsized… he was a super fine and decent man, husband and father who brought real joy and love and infectious good spirits to every thing and everyone he crossed paths with," he continued.
Fellow "Pretty Woman" co-star Jason Alexander said Marshall gave him "one of the best experiences I ever had in my career."
"American Horror Story" actress Sarah Paulson also felt "indebted" to Marshall, who directed her in the 1999 film "The Other Sister and in 2011's "New Year's Eve."
"Thank you for taking a chance on me. I love you. On the wings on Angels, rest now," she wrote.
"So sad to hear about the passing of the incredible Garry Marshall.. You will be missed,"New Year's Eve" star Lea Michele said.
Fellow co-star Ashton Kutcher, who also starred in Marshall's movie "Valentine's Day," said he "lost a friend and mentor."
"We lost a beautiful man and masterful story teller. Gary Marshall I love you. I hope to get to go where you are," he continued.
Actor Henry Winkler, who forever earned the nickname the Fonz after starring in Marshall's "Happy Days," thanked the TV creator for giving him his "professional life."
"Thank you for your loyalty, friendship and generosity." he wrote.
On Wednesday, actress Anne Hathaway said she "couldn't sleep" since learning of the sad news.
"," she captioned a lenthy Instagram photo of herself with Marshall and actress Julie Andrews.
Marshall gave the brunette beauty her film start with "The Princess Diaries" and she reunited with him for the film's sequel. They worked together again years later for box office hit "Valentine's Day." The 33-year-old remembered Marshall as a "hero" who "
"I’m going to do my best to be just like you," she wrote. "I love you."