Robin Williams : When the Laughter Stops
by Emily Herbert
Editor: John Blake Publishing Ltd
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With his sparkling eyes, overflowing energy and incomparable natural spirit, Robin Williams was the comedian who brought the laughter of a generationThrough darling roles in movies like Madame Doubtfire, Jumanji, Aladdin and The Hook, he became the sweet face of family comedyHer child’s enthusiasm was contagious, sweeping viewers awayCombined with his ultra-fast improvisation and riff lewdly ability out of any landmark throws on him, Robin was that rare thing, true comic genius that appealed to adults and children alikeHe could also play directly, empathic and deep came to him naturallyA poignant performance in Good will hunting earned him an Academy Award, while his masterly cooling tour in the psychological thriller of Insomnia shocked public and alluded to a darker sideThis really captured his imagination, however, was his good heartThe heat radiated by him to the screen, but he was legendary for his screen acts of selfless generosityWhere most Hollywood A-listers of the scandalous demand pamper in their running contract, he always insisted that the production company hire a full quota of homeless people in order to help make his filmsBut behind the laughter to throw the man deeply troubled, and the tragedy that would followAt noon on August 11, 2014, Robin Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California.The verdict was suicide.He had struggled with depression and addiction for many years and was reported to have experienced financial hardship.Emily Herbert’s sensitive and thoughtful biography celebrates her genius and warmth, but also tries to understand what might have brought such sweetness and gifted man to such a tragic endIt was Robin Williams, life, laughter, and the deep sadness of the man who made the world smile
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