Roxette’s Marie Fredriksson was voice of Pretty Woman in tear-jerking scene

Roxette frontwoman Marie Fredriksson became the voice of Pretty Woman as her haunting vocals played over the rom-com's iconic break-up scene.

The tragic star, who passed away yesterday aged 61 , was heard singing the band's hit track It Must Have Been Love at the end of the 1990 movie.

It came as Julia Roberts' character Vivienne rejected Edward Lewis' offer to become a kept woman – deciding instead return to her old life.

She was seen leaving the plush hotel where they'd enjoyed their romance and looking glum as the limo took her back home.

The power ballad became the band's most successful track of their career, landing them their third number one in the US.

The song was certified triple platinum in America and the Pretty Woman soundtrack sold more than nine million copies worldwide.



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What many fans might not know is that the song wasn't written for the film. It was actually a Christmas song released three years earlier in 1987.

It Must Have Been Love (Christmas for the Broken Hearted) was repackaged for Pretty Woman with all the festive references removed.

One lyric that got changed was "It's a hard Christmas day" which was altered to "It's a hard winter's day".

The track was then re-released alongside the movie, spending two weeks at the top of the US Billboard 100 in the summer of 1990.


It was written by Fredriksson's Roxette co-star Per Gessle, and he later revealed Pretty Woman's director Garry Marshall was major force behind its success.

He claimed the moviemaker loved the song so much, he actually recut the film to showcase it in a scene without dialogue.

Gessle later told Songwriter Universe: "Nobody expected the movie to become such a smash and for us it was, of course, a jackpot."

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