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'Pretty Woman': How The Movie Was Actually Supposed To End

August 30, 2019 - 09:44 / Clemens Fanger

Pretty Woman is one of Hollywood's most iconic films and features one of the most beautiful love stories in film history. Even today, the movie delights millions of people with its happy ending. But exactly this happy ending was not part of the original version.

No happy ending for “Vivian Ward” (Julia Roberts, 50) and “Edward Lewis” (Richard Gere, 68)? Hard to imagine, but it almost would have happened if Disney hadn't bought the Pretty Woman rights. In 2015, the film's 25th anniversary, it was revealed that "Vivian" and "Edward" were not supposed to end up together in the end.

Pretty Woman: the original version’s tragic ending

But what Jeffrey Katzenberg, former chairman of Walt Disney Studios, recently revealed will definitely shock most fans: In the original version of the film, "Vivian" dies of an overdose. However, Disney was - for understandable reasons - not enthusiastic about this ending and so Pretty Woman turned into a modern fairy tale with a happy ending.

In the end, this was the best decision that Disney could have made. After all, Pretty Woman, which was supposed to be called 3000, became a massive success and made Julia Roberts a world-famous leading actress.