Robin Williams was one of the most remarkable performers of our time. When he took his life in 2014, his passing created a hole in our culture that will never be filled.
Earlier this year, Dave Itzkoff published Robin, a biography of the late star.
Robin Williams was a walking contradiction. He was a performer who could make audiences laugh and cry at the same time. He played iconic characters in Mork and Mindy, Aladdin, Good Morning Vietnam and Mrs. Doubtfire. But not even those remarkable performances could mask years of dealing with the triple demons of addiction, self-esteem and mental illness.
I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed because when put Hollywood celebrities on a pedestal, we forget that they are still human beings who deal with the same issues that all human beings deal with.
I absolutely recommend it.
I was going to write about another movie on this Throwback Thursday post, but in light of loosing Robin Williams earlier this week, I decided to write about another one of my favorite childhood movies of mine, Mrs. Doubtfire.
Daniel Hillard (the late and very beloved Robin Williams) loves his kids. His wife, Miranda (Sally Field) becomes fed up with her husband’s lack of discipline and believes him to be a poor role model for their children. She asks for a divorce. Miranda has primary custody while Daniel can only see his kids once a week. Discovering that Miranda is looking for a housekeeper, Daniel becomes Mrs. Iphegenia Doubtfire, an older Scottish woman who becomes both housekeeper and nanny to the Hillard children.
I adored this movie when I was younger and I still do. Williams is at his best in this movie. The big heart, the father who loves his kids and will do anything for them (including dressing in drag and pretending to be their Scottish nanny) and the man who recognizes his mistakes and learns from them.
This movie is 21 years old, but it still feels new and fresh to me. I recommend this movie.
RIP Robin, thanks for making this incredible movie that will always stay with me.
Dear Robin Williams
I am sad to hear that you are no longer of this world.
I’ve been watching you perform for as long as I can remember.
I remember watching Mork and Mindy reruns as a kid.
Your mile a minute impressions in Aladdin made me laugh.
Your performances in Mrs. Doubtfire and Hook reminded me of a father’s unending love for his children.
Your performance in Good Will Hunting was searing and powerful.
And yet underneath all of that was a man we never knew and we may never know.
You were human and mortal like the rest of us. You had your own pain, your own scars.
You may be gone, but your legacy will live on forever.
My heart and prayers goes out to those who knew you best, especially your children.