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PEOPLE Pretty Woman

PEOPLE Pretty Woman

PEOPLE Pretty Woman

Celebrate 30 years of Hollywood’s favorite Cinderella story in this new Collector’s Edition from the Editors of People. It’s hard to believe that the movie that made Julia Roberts a superstar is now 30 years old, but it’s true! Go behind the scenes of the classic rom-com with new interviews with the cast and crew, go back to the locations and fashion that made this movie special, and read profiles of Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. Plus, you’ll have your chance to revisit 1990 with our time capsule and throwbacks to some of your favorite movies and television shows of the time. Plus, end your experience with our ultimate fan quiz!

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Meredith Corporation
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One-off
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4 min.
a tale of the heart

Love is unpredictable. Who could have guessed that movie fans would be smitten for three decades by the story of an improbable romance between a prostitute (Julia Roberts) and the wealthy businessman who is her john (Richard Gere)? Released in March 1990, Pretty Woman is a film that Hollywood would be unlikely to green-light in the #MeToo era—at least not as a frothy comedy. No matter how rosy the lenses on your specs, the movie’s heroine, Vivian Ward, is still a sex worker who is on the job when she meets her love interest Edward Lewis. It barely flew in its own time. Plenty of critics and viewers acknowledged that there was an ick factor to the movie. As Variety put it in an otherwise positive review, there was an “underlying tastelessness” to…

3 min.
picture perfect

‘WELL, COLOR ME HAPPY! THERE’S A SOFA IN HERE FOR TWO’—VIVIAN‘YOU DON’T MAKE ANYTHING AND YOU DON’T BUILD ANYTHING.… SO IT’S LIKE STEALING CARS AND SELLING THEM FOR THE PARTS’—VIVIAN TO CORPORATE RAIDER EDWARDEDWARD: SO WHAT HAPPENED AFTER HE CLIMBED UP THE TOWER AND RESCUED HER?VIVIAN: SHE RESCUES HIM RIGHT BACK…

11 min.
it was magic

WITH UNDENIABLE ALCHEMY between its two leads and an avowed romantic, Garry Marshall, in the director’s chair, a dark morality play of prostitution and greed was transformed into one of Hollywood’s most beloved fairy tales. And in the process, a 21-year-old newcomer from Georgia became a star. On its 30th anniversary, cast members and creatives share their memories of making Pretty Woman. FROM TEARJERKER TO ROM-COM JF LAWTON (SCREENWRITER): I was a starving screenwriter. I’d been doing wacky fireman stories, ninja movies, what I thought was commercial stuff. But this came from real human beings. I lived in that area of Hollywood Boulevard and knew the kind of girls in that neighborhood and what the situation was. HECTOR ELIZONDO (BARNEY THOMPSON): I said, “Garry, this is a Disney movie? This is very dark.”…

6 min.
with the cast

HECTOR ELIZONDO BARNEY THOMPSON When Garry Marshall first asked Elizondo to play the hotel manager, it was a hard pass. “That’s a one-dimensional, boring guy,” Elizondo, now 83, says he told Marshall after reading an early script. “Get someone else.” But Marshall, who’d worked with Elizondo on five previous films, persisted. “Create the guy you’d like to work for,” he said. So the actor imagined a backstory for Thompson: “He’d failed and liked the bottle too much, but he reinvented himself,” he says. “He understood what down-and-out means, which is why he had such empathy for Vivian.” Scenes telling Barney’s story were left on the cutting-room floor, but Elizondo, who went on to appear in all 18 of Marshall’s films, was unforgettable as the film’s fairy godmother, earning a Golden Globe nod…

3 min.
did you know?

1 SOUNDS FAMILIAR When Edward whisks Vivian off to San Francisco to attend the opera, she worries before the curtain goes up that she won’t understand the lyrics, since they are sung in Italian. But the story of the production they see—La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi—should be fairly familiar to her. It is about a prostitute, Violetta, who lives lavishly, supported by rich benefactors. Yet unlike Vivian, Violetta meets an unhappy ending. She falls in love with a poor suitor, then dies of consumption. Here: a 2016 production at the Choregies d’Orange Festival in Orange, France. 2 NO THANKS The actors who were considered for Pretty Woman’s lead roles included (from left) Molly Ringwald and Michelle Pfeiffer, both of whom reportedly said no to Vivian because they were worried about the script’s content.…

4 min.
cinderella tales

MY FAIR LADY The mother of all makeover movies followed the 1956 Broadway smash, which had starred Rex Harrison as the erudite phonetics instructor Henry Higgins and Julie Andrews as Eliza Doolittle, the cockney lass he transforms into a proper, articulate lady. (Yes, those speech lessons do turn into love.) The 1964 movie version, like the stage musical, was based on George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 play Pygmalion and saw the return of Harrison. But Andrews, who studio heads feared lacked film experience, was replaced by Audrey Hepburn (above and left)—a casting decision that didn’t sit well with all fans. There was also controversy around the hiring of soprano Marni Nixon to dub many of Hepburn’s songs. Still, the film won eight Oscars and the reviews were rapturous. “The most fabulous musical…