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Julia Roberts is willing to play a prostitute in “Pretty Woman” by hanging out with hookers on Hollywood Boulevard, according to Barbara Marshall, the widow of the film director Garry Marshall.

Barbara, a former nurse, volunteer at a Los Angeles free clinic in 1989, when Garry cast Roberts to play a streetwalker who gets a corporate raider, played by Richard Gere, to fall in love with her.

“Garry would never visit me in the clinic, because he was a hypochondriac and afraid of getting a disease,” Barbara told me. “But he asked if Julia could come and talk with some of the patients.”

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Roberts had done “Mystic Pizza”, but “Steel Magnolias” has not yet been released yet and she was not known.

“I took two young women who visit the clinic regularly, and I paid $35 per meeting with Julia,” Barbara said. “I went back to work, and about 20 minutes later, Julia shouted from the end of the hall,” until we meet again, Barbara. We’re going to take a drive. We will be back later.'”

Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in a scene from the film ‘Pretty Woman’, 1990.

Barbara said she panicked and called Garry, and said: “Your star just left with a group of girls, and I think they were on their way to Hollywood Boulevard. I’m scared. What if they don’t come back?”

Roberts, who later turned up safe and sound, “is a tough lady, who take care of themselves in front of and behind the camera,” says Barbara, who was just in new YORK to see “Pretty Woman: The Musical” for the 12th time.

Barbara, who is writing her memoirs, told me that she was glad when Roberts’ character presents Gere is a businessman with a buffet of condoms and calls himself a “safety girl.”

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“I was so proud, because I realized that Garry was paying attention to my work and taking into account the importance of the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.”

Barbara, married to Garry for more than 50 years, said that she also contributed storylines to “Laverne & Shirley” and “Happy Days.”

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“I will always be honored that he was able to steal stories from my life and put them in the charming moments on film,” she said.

This article originally appeared on Page Six.

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