"He comes from a family who still thinks an Italian bride goes barefoot."
―Michael Corleone[src]

Gardner Shaw was the husband of Francesca Corleone. Francesca approached her uncle Michael during Anthony's party at Lake Tahoe in 1958, to ask for his blessing to marry Gardner. He was studying fine arts and came from a wealthy family. He was also a stockholder of his family's corporation.

Behind the scenes

Gardner Shaw appears in a deleted scene from The Godfather Part II, that was restored in The Godfather Saga. However, in The Godfather Returns, Francesca married William Van Arsdale III.

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