... that the original title of the movie was "Three Thousand", the amount of money Vivian and Edward negotiate for her "week's pay". Click here to watch a QuickClip of this scene.
... Richard Gere was really playing the piano immediately preceding the love scene on top of the piano. In fact, the piece was was playing was one of his own compositions.
... the necklace Edward gives Vivian to wear to the opera was a real piece of jewelry worth $250,000. There were armed guards on the set the entire time that Julia was wearing it.
... that director Garry Marshall made a cameo appearance in the film. He is the homeless man that Edward stops to ask directions from at the beginning of the movie. Click here to watch a QuickClip of the scene.
... that Hank Azaria had a very very small role in the film. He played the detective investigating the death of one of Vivian's fellow hookers.
... that Pretty Woman was the last movie actor Ralph Bellamy made before he died. He played the role of James Morse the owner of the business corporate raider Richard Gere is trying to take over. Ralph Bellamy had a 62 year acting career and is remembered for playing Franklin Roosevelt on Broadway and movies like Rosemary's Baby and Trading Places. He was awarded an honorary Oscar in 1987.
... After watching Pretty Woman all kinds of questions might be buzzing around in your head. We're here to help. Like what kind of car was Edward having so much trouble driving in the beginning of the movie? A Lotus Esprit SE. What was the name of the opera Edward takes Vivian to? La Traviata by Guiseppe Verdi (which is about a French prostitute who falls in love with a wealthy man.) What movie is Vivian watching in the hotel room? Charade with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. What is Edward reading to Vivian in the park? Shakespeare's Sonnet 29.
When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes, I all alone beweep my outcast state And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries And look upon myself and curse my fate, Wishing me like to one more rich in hope, Featured like him, like him with friends possess'd, Desiring this man's art and that man's scope, With what I most enjoy contented least; Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising, Haply I think on thee, and then my state, Like to the lark at break of day arising From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven's gate; For thy sweet love remember'd such wealth brings That then I scorn to change my state with kings.
... that while you are reading about the movie Pretty Woman you certainly want to hear the song that inspired the title. Oh, Pretty Woman was a number one hit for Roy Orbison in 1964.
Pretty Woman On Location
Grauman's/Mann's Chinese Theater Footprints
Richard Gere is just one of the many legendary celebrities to leave hand and footprints outside the famous Grauman's (now Mann's) Chinese Theater.
Richard Gere Prints
Mann's Chinese Theater
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA SEE MAP
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
In the early 1960's, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The sidewalks of the most famous streets in the heart of Hollywood were lined with "stars" recognizing celebrities' life-long contributions to the entertainment industry. Receiving a star is still to this day considered a huge honor. Here's where you can find the star of director Garry Marshall:
Walk of Fame Star (Television)
6838 Hollywood Blvd.