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Robin Williams small act of kindness for Mrs. Doubtfire daughter
|August 18, 2014 Robin Williams|
As the world is still reeling from the loss of Robin Williams, it is timely to appreciate the kindness of this man. Robin Williams was a superstar in Hollywood and it would have been totally expected if he simply overlooked problems in his co-stars' lives especially when they are young and without star status. However this was not how Robin sees it.
Lisa Jakub, played the role of Robin Williams' daughter in his classic movie hit 'Mrs Doubtfire'. She was only 14 years old then. However due to the demands of filming, her high school kicked her out of school.
Well, Robin Williams didn't appreciate that at all, and sympathized with his co-star, so much so that he decided to send a letter to her high school requesting them to reconsider their decision. The contents of the letter is attached as follows:
The honestly shocking truth is the fact that the school not only did not re-admit Lisa but had the letter framed and hung in the principal's office!
In a moving tribute that Lisa wrote about Robin Williams recently, she recounted that the greatest impact this actor had was how he stood with her and supported her. Robin took time to find out what was bothering this seeming nobody in the industry and got himself involved in a very crucial period of her life. No indifference, no arrogance.
If only every celebrity, athelete and people of influence will take the time to do these simple small acts of kindness, I believe that an immeasureably great number of good things can result. But if only they can stop for a second amidst their partying and pleasures to take the time to see the issues and problems surrounding them.
A copy of the tribute that Lisa wrote can be seen below:
Robin Williams died today.
It seems surreal to write that.
But since writing is the way I process the incomprehensible ó I find myself writing.
Everyone is tweeting and facebooking and calling into radio shows about what a great talent Robin was.
Yeah. He was. But that wasnít what I adored about him. It was the fact that he was an incredibly kind human being.
When I was 14 years old, I went on location to film Mrs. Doubtfire for five months, and my high school was not happy. My job meant an increased workload for teachers, and they were not equipped to handle a ďnon-traditionalĒ student. So, during filming, they kicked me out.
Itís 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 didnít think they would take me back, he said, ďItís kinda like Amnesty International. That school just needs to know that people know the truth.Ē
The school framed the letter. They hung it in the principalís office. But they didnít invite me to return to school.
But hereís what matters from that story. 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.
I know I said thank you at the time and Iím sure I wrote one of those stiff thank you notes that 14-year-olds write with slanting lines and spelling mistakes. But that all seems so insufficient now.
Even though I had not spoken with Robin in a very long time, I always assumed there would be some future opportunity to tell him that his letter changed my life. 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.
None of us really know what fights Robin was battling, but I know his struggles were not uncommon. Itís estimated that 16 million people in the US have struggled with depression Ė and I include myself in that statistic. Itís real and itís not shameful and there is help available.
You can bring it to the light, you can tell the truth, you can go to a meeting, you can reach out to a friend.
None of us are alone.
And if you have someone in your life that you are grateful for ó someone to whom you want to write another heartfelt, slanted, misspelled thank you note Ė do it. 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.
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