Robin Williams was known for his ability to captivate audiences from children to senior citizens. His career spanned nearly 40 years, from stand-up comedy to television sitcoms to feature films. His childhood witnessed Robin vying for the attention of his parents. His father’s career path led to the family’s relocations from the midwest to California. Robin used his alone time to engage in an elaborate playtime, where toy soldiers took on personas and Robin engaged with them. Robin’s career path would be transitional, first academic, then dramatic. Robin’s talent would be nurtured by peers and teachers, while his father thought he should be more practical. A period at Julliard would leave a lasting impression on the young and struggling Robin, but his stand up foray would solidify his budding career. His whirlwind impressions and unceasing energy made for can’t-miss comedy. A guest-starring role on Happy Days would be parlayed into his own show. The days would only get better, but addictions and inner demons would nearly derail everything.
Robin is a heartfelt biography of the comic genius who audiences never really knew. The author’s work is exemplary, with many interviews with surviving family and friends. The backstory of Robin Williams’ life is filled with heart, soul, sadness, and laughs. The book is a fast-paced read with many new discoveries about the gone-too-soon personality.
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|Page Count||544 pages|
|Publisher||Henry Holt and Co.|
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|Category||Biographies & Memoirs|