Pretty Woman is a 1990 American romantic comedy film set in Los Angeles. Written by J. F. Lawton and directed by Garry Marshall. It stars Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, and features Hector Elizondo, Ralph Bellamy(in his final performance), Laura San Giacomo and Jason Alexander in supporting roles. Its story centers on the down-on-her-luck Hollywood prostitute Vivian Ward who is hired by Edward Lewis, a wealthy businessman, to be his escort for several business and social functions, and their developing relationship over the course of her week-long stay with him.
Originally intended to be a dark cautionary tale about class and prostitution in Los Angeles, the film was reconceived as romantic comedy with a large budget. It was widely successful at the box office, and it became one of the highest money-makers of 1990.