When Pretty Woman first hit theaters in 1990 it was an instant success. It was hard not to fall in love with the sweet Cinderella story about Edward Lewis, the wealthy and serious businessman played by Richard Gere, falling in love with Vivian Ward, a lower-class and good-spirited woman played by Julia Roberts. Despite getting mixed reviews about its slightly controversial subject, the film went on to win several awards and made a total of $463 million at the box office. The movie also served as a big break for both leading actors, who still to this day are remembered for their remarkable performances.
This was the role that set Julia Roberts apart from other leading ladies in Hollywood, not to mention the fact that playing opposite Richard Gere was a boost to his and her career to say the least. This was one of the only films of the time that dealt with women on the streets and what they went through to make money when falling on hard times. Abuse was another topic in the film thanks to the best friend role, but at the end of the day the film was a love story and one that spoke to the hearts of millions of people who went to see the film in the theater, as well as those who ended up buying the movie for their home. However, with the success, there are many unknown events that took place that producers decided was not for the public to know, until now.