Directed by Garry Marshall in 1990, Pretty Woman filled moviegoers’ imagination with awe as high-caliber businessman Edward Lewis stumbles upon escort Vivian Ward in a Hollywood Boulevard corner, and the story takes a romantic turn with Richard Gere’s charming rescue of a woman down on her luck; initially unbeknownst to him that he needed some rescuing too.
This movie is etched forever in our hearts, and here are some juicy facts that you need to know about it.
The Original Version Was Much Darker
The final version of the film we love is a romantic comedy, but its original script was intent on showing us a dark version of it; of prostitution and drug addiction. It had Vivian Ward as an addict, whom Edward paid $3,000 to stay with him for a week, but their deal was cut short as he could no longer stand being with her.
Vivian gets thrown out on the side of the road. Kit, her close friend, dies of drug abuse. There was nothing romantic about it at all.