The actor's only daughter with ex-wife Marsha Garces made her feature film debut as a five year old in 1994's In Search of Dr. Seuss and now, as a 22 year old, she is racking up her movie roles.
Zelda admits she has often had to deal with criticism about following her father into showbusiness and using his famous name to boost her prospects, but she has now hit back in a candid blog post, insisting she works "twice as hard" to prove her talent.
She writes, "While I've never been one to listen to naysayers, I am protective of my friends and colleagues and I've found myself more and more concerned by how negatively people have been treating us of late...
"Success or even participation is often met with claims of favouritism, or nepotism, or perhaps the parent's relevant connections playing a large role in their ascension... Many people don't want to believe that lightning (or in this case the perfect mixture of luck and talent) could possibly strike twice in the same gene pool... I know many 'children of' who are very aware... of the effort it took for their parents to succeed, as well as the chilly reception they will receive pursuing the same success until they 'prove themselves'. It is this very knowledge that usually causes them to pound the pavement twice as hard..."
However, Williams insists having Robin as her father has been her best training for the acting profession: "I think the invaluable knowledge attained even just growing up around the industry and our parents is our biggest asset as a second (or third) generation entertainer.
"In the end you can't choose the parents you're born to, but you can choose what career you decide to pursue. And whether you want to be an actor, a scientist or a lawyer, if you were born into a family that had succeeded at that very same profession you would want to learn firsthand from their successes and mistakes too."
The Mrs. Doubtfire star, 60, married graphic designer Susan Schneider in an intimate ceremony at the Meadowood Resort in St. Helena, California on Sunday (23Oct11).
Guests reportedly included Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Billy Crystal.
Williams met Schneider shortly before he underwent heart surgery in March, 2009, and she helped nurse him back to full health.
He was previously married to Valarie Velardi, the mother of his eldest son Zak, and he split from his second wife, Marsha, in 2008 after 19 years of marriage.
The actor has two children with Marsha - 22-year-old daughter Zelda and 19-year-old son Cody.
He rose to fame playing an oddball alien in TV's Mork & Mindy and went on to take the movie industry by storm, all while juggling a successful stand-up career.
With a number of awards under his belt and a string of high-profile roles in films including Good Morning, Vietnam, Mrs. Doubtfire and Good Will Hunting, Williams has cemented his place as one of Hollywood's most hilarious - and hairiest - men.
To celebrate his 60 years, WENN has compiled 10 fascinating facts about the star:
- Williams' Mork character originally appeared in hit U.S. show Happy Days, before he was given his own spin-off series, Mork & Mindy. The star won the role when producer Garry Marshall asked him to sit down and he responded by resting his head on the seat of a chair.
- He was voted 'least likely to succeed' by classmates during his school days.
- The actor has been married twice. His first marriage was to Valerie Velardi, and he met his second wife, Marsha, when she was nanny to his son, Zak.
- Williams is an avid computer games fan and his daughter Zelda was named after Princess Zelda from The Legend Of Zelda series.
- The comedian studied with late Superman star Christopher Reeve at the Juilliard School in New York and the pair was close friends until Reeve's death in 2004.
- He has been nominated for an Oscar four times but only won once - for Best Supporting Actor in 1997's Good Will Hunting.
- Williams is a keen cyclist, often training with Lance Armstrong, and owns more than 50 bicycles.
- He speaks fluent French.
- The funnyman co-owns a restaurant in San Francisco with Robert De Niro and Francis Ford Coppola.
- The star is an avid philanthropist - he set up the Windfall Foundation, which helps raise money for a variety of charities.
In the film, the funnyman plays teacher Lance Clayton, who turns his life around after suffering a terrible family tragedy.
In one of the final scenes, Williams' character suffers a mini-breakdown and strips off for a plunge into a school swimming pool - but the actor admits the idea to get naked wasn't originally in writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait's script.
Williams says, "Actually it (the nude idea) was mine. I thought, 'It's at the end of the movie, where this guy is having a catharsis... he's getting rid of everything, why not go (nude).
"I dive into a pool and, coming up (to the surface), it's almost like a rebirth. It's a strange thing and, in a weird way, it worked."
However, Williams forgot to give his 20-year-old daughter Zelda advanced warning about the shocking scene - so she could avert her eyes in time.
He adds, "My daughter was at the premiere. She came up and said, 'Thanks for telling me, dad.' She's 20 now and she was like, 'Thanks for giving me a heads up about the nude scene!'"
And Williams can understand how horrifying it must have been for her - because he'd react with horror if she ever stripped off for a film.
He says, "I think I'd be like, 'Stop! Turn that off!' That's when hypocrisy comes up and goes, 'Payback's a b**ch!'"
Robin Williams’ hometown newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, is reporting that his wife of almost 19 years has filed for divorce.
Marsha Garces Williams, who married the actor/comedian in April 1989, not long after his divorce from Valerie Velardi, cited irreconcilable differences on a divorce petition filed in San Francisco on March 21.
Williams, 56, and Garces, 51, have a daughter and a son together--Zelda, 18, and Cody, 16.
Garces has worked on several of Williams’ films as a producer, including Mrs. Doubtfire and Patch Adams.
Arthur Kriticos (Tony Shalhoub) is trying to keep his small family together after losing his wife and the mother of their kids Kathy (Shannon Elizabeth) and Bobby (Alec Roberts) in a tragic fire that left them homeless. Out of nowhere one enigmatic Uncle Cyrus (F. Murray Abraham) wills Arthur a bizarre yet dazzlingly beautiful mansion made almost entirely of glass and filled with priceless antiques. There's not much that could go unseen behind the transparent walls except for perhaps 12 pesky ghosts of disturbed folks like onetime mental patients and a kid whose head got in the way of an arrow. It just so happens old Cyrus with the help of his psychic phantom-wrangler Rafkin (Matthew Lillard) has been summoning up a few restless spirits so he can open the Eye of Hell and take over the world or something. They just need one more spirit to finish the job.
All right who's blackmailing Oscar-winner Abraham into taking roles like this? The man should have thrown the script out sight-unseen and then fired his agent. Rah Digga yet another rapper-turned-wanna-be-actress is there to offer some sassy comic relief as the kids' nanny--she's fun in a usual sort of way. Shalhoub-ho hum. Elizabeth? Yawn. She's not even in half the movie. Lillard it can be said is about the only bright spot in this otherwise not-silly-enough not-cheesy-enough not-funny-or-scary-enough horror movie. He's got the right idea as he tries to camp it up as a borderline hysterical psychic who has guilt issues about being able to see everyone's secrets with his "gift." But worst of all is the usually great Embeth Davidtz (um Schindler's List?!) as a--get this--ghost's rights activist who thinks she's channeling Zelda Rubenstein from Poltergeist as she hisses the obvious: "This house is not a house!"
The only thing scarier than F. Murray Abraham taking a role in this movie is that it ever got made at all--then again we have the Dark Castle folks (the same ones who brought us that masterpiece remake The Haunting a few years ago) to thank. They forgot to hire a director and a scriptwriter instead putting visual effects guy Steve Beck behind the camera to show us some semi-interesting special effects (it is a ghost movie after all and you better score some points there). Unfortunately the movie is uneven makes little sense and strives for both laughs and scares but achieves neither with cornball dialog and silly stereotypes; it's wildly gory to boot. Everyone's gonna say the ultra-modern haunted house is the star of Thirteen Ghosts and with good reason. The production design in this movie is amazing and the idea of ghosts hiding behind clear walls is an intriguing if ultimately wasted concept.