“She saves him right away.”
On March 23, 1990, Disney released a short romantic comedy starring an aspiring actress about a businessman and a prostitute who fall in love after he paid her thousands of dollars to spend the week with him. Fairy tales aren’t made with the usual stuff … but A pretty woman was not your average romantic comedy.
Realized by Garry marshall, the Hollywood legend who died in 2016, and starring Julia robert and Richard Gere, who will be 72 on August 31, no one expected A pretty woman become a hit, let alone become one of the most successful films of the 1990s and one of the most enduring love stories in movie history.
Made for just $ 17 million, the story of Edward Lewis (Gere) and Vivian Ward (Roberts) grossed over $ 460 million worldwide, garnered four Golden Globe nominations and made Roberts one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
But did you know that Roberts was hardly picked for the iconic roles and that several other prominent actresses almost donned Vivian’s thigh-high boots? How about the original script was a lot darker and would have made Walt Disney blush?