MRS. DOUBTFIRE Child Actors Remember Robin Williams
Mara Willson and Lisa Jakub portrayed Robin Williams fictional daughters in the 1993 iconic comedy MRS. DOUBTFIRE. This week, the actresses used their personal blog posts to honor the actor who tragically passed away on Monday at the age of 63.
Writes Wilson: "Everybody grieves in their own way. When I heard about Robin's death, I was shocked, confused angry, regretful, and above all, sad. All I wanted was to talk to my family and friends and cry. While Robin and I had not talked in a few years, there is no question he had a great impact on my life. He was as warm and talented as everyone says, and a joy to be around. It's as if my favorite teacher died."
Lisa Jakub shared Monday on her blog: "He was an incredibly kind human being. It's devastating, at 14, to have your formal education terminated. I felt like a freak and a reject. When I arrived at work the next day, Robin noticed that I was upset and asked me what was wrong. I explained what had happened, and the next day, he handed me a letter that he wrote to my school. He explained that I was just trying to continue my education while pursuing my career. He wrote embarrassingly kind things about my character and my work, and requested that they reconsider and allow me to return to my classes. When I told him I still didn't think they would take me back, he said, 'It's kinda like Amnesty International. That school just needs to know that people know the truth.'
"Robin stood up for me. He was in my corner. I was only 14, but I had already seen that I was in an industry that was full of back-stabbing. And it was entirely clear that Robin had my back. ... It taught me that you stand up for the things that matter. And even if your attempts fail, you tried. You told the truth. You took care of your friends. You fought back," she continued, prompting others to reach out to loved ones with depression. "Tell them they made you feel loved and supported. That they made you feel like you belonged somewhere and that you were not a freak. Tell them all of that. Tell them today."
Mrs. Doubtfire was based on the book by Anne Fine, and centered on a struggling actor who dresses as an elderly Scottish housekeeper in order to see his kids who have been taken away from him in a messy divorce settlement. The film also starred Sally Field and Pierce Brosnan. The film, took in more than $400 million worldwide at the box office. The fate of a proposed sequel to the film, which was to star Williams, is now in doubt.