Can you believe it? Pretty Woman, the movie that turned Julia Roberts into a rom-com queen, was first released in cinemas 25 years ago this week.
To mark the occasion, Bae Boutique has unearthed 25 fascinating facts about the beloved 1990 film. Read on to find out why Vivian is a Disney princess, how Superman himself Christopher Reeve almost played Edward .
The original script for Pretty Woman was titled $3,000 and was a dark drama about prostitution in LA. Vivian was a drug addict trying to go clean to save up money for a trip to Disneyland. Disney-owned Touchstone Pictures developed the idea into a more conventional romantic comedy, meaning Vivian is something of an edgier Disney princess.
2.Werner Herzog claimed he was approached to direct Pretty Woman by Richard Gere when it was still being touted as a dark cautionary tale. Herzog being Herzog, though, we think he may have been joking!
3. Before Richard Gere took on the role of businessman Edward Lewis, Christopher Reeve, Al Pacino, Burt Reynolds and John Travolta were all in the running for the part.
4. Pretty Woman turned Julia Roberts into an international star, but before she was cast as Vivian Ward the likes of Meg Ryan, Daryl Hannah, Uma Thurman, Kristin Davis and Winona Ryder auditioned or were approached for the role.
5. Julia Roberts was nominated for an Oscar for her role as Vivian in 1991, but lost to Kathy Bates for her Misery performance.
6. The film carried two promotional taglines: "Who knew it was so much fun to be a hooker?" and "She walked off the street, into his life and stole his heart."
7. Pretty Woman is the biggest box office hit of Julia Roberts and Richard Gere's careers, earning a jaw-dropping $463 million at the worldwide box office.
8. Richard Gere's character Edward's fear of heights is one shared with director Garry Marshall. Fortunately, the former overcame this to scale the fire escape for the film's climax.
9. The film's title was inspired by Roy Orbison's 1964 song 'Oh, Pretty Woman', which
featured on the film's soundtrack.
10. Pretty Woman's soundtrack was a hit in its own right, selling more than 3 million copies worldwide. Alongside Orbison's catchy number, the album also featured contributions from David Bowie, Go West, Robert Palmer and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
11. On the film's iconic poster, Julia Roberts's head is actually superimposed onto the body of double Shelley Michelle.