Robin Williams' family is setting up a charity fund in the late actor's name to continue his longtime support of athletes with disabilities. The beloved funnyman's daughter, actress Zelda Williams, reveals she and her two brothers have made it their mission to carry on the Good Will Hunting star's legacy as a philanthropist, and she will make an appearance at the Noble Awards on Friday (27Feb15) to present a prize honouring the Oscar winner and his teammates who regularly participated in the Challenged Athletes Foundation's annual San Diego Triathlon Challenge.
The non-profit organisation provides prosthetics to disabled athletes and during the Los Angeles ceremony, Zelda will hand over a $50,000 (£31,250) donation to bosses at the Challenged Athletes Foundation, which will benefit the newly-established Robin Williams Fund.
Zelda discussed her involvement in her dad's favourite charity during an interview with U.S. breakfast show Today, her first TV chat since his death, and she reveals she and her siblings have always been inspired by their late father's kindness and generosity.
She recalls, "He's done charity as long as he had the wherewithal and the ability to do it. That was what his favorite thing other than comedy really was...
"He would meet guys there (at the San Diego Triathlon Challenge) that were not participating that had just lost limbs and were just there, maybe a family friend brought them, because they were depressed or because they needed to witness something remarkable and he would go and talk to them and he would be like, 'Next year, I want you to do this, bud.'"
Williams was a recovering alcoholic who had been battling depression, anxiety and the early stages of Parkinson's disease at the time of his August (14) suicide, and Zelda wants to turn her dad's struggles into a positive for others by encouraging the open discussion of mental health problems to remove the stigma which has prevented others from going public with their experiences for decades.
She says, "I think one of the things that is changing, that is wonderful, is that people are finally starting to approach talking about illnesses that people can't really see. Nothing happens immediately, but I think we're on our way."
Discussing her father's personal issues, she continues, "He talked about his alcoholism... he joked about it, because you're supposed to (talk about it)...
"If you have things that make you sad, I do take from him that you should turn them into things that you can at least express to other people or in his case, he would make jokes about it because it helped him not hide it. I think it was important to him for people to talk about important things. It meant a lot to him. He didn't like people feeling like the things that were hard for them, (that) they should go through alone.
"I think that's the big legacy for him, and for me and for my brothers, is that he somehow had an enormous number of people in this world who felt that he made them feel a little less alone."
Robin Williams' actress daughter Zelda refuses to dwell on the reasons for her father's tragic suicide last summer (14), because "there's no point questioning it". The Mrs. Doubtfire star had been battling depression, anxiety and the early stages of Parkinson's disease when he took his own life at his California home in August (14).
His daughter Zelda Williams has now opened up about the sad loss in her first sit-down interview on U.S. breakfast show Today, admitting she doesn't see any reason for scrutinising the circumstances surrounding his death.
She says, "There's no point questioning it and no point blaming anyone else for it, and there's no point blaming yourself or the world or whatever the case may be, because it happened, so you have to continue to... live and manage."
Zelda had a tattoo of a hummingbird inked onto her right hand in October (14) in honour of her father and the sight of the tribute helps to lift her spirits whenever she feels down.
She says, "I like hummingbirds. Hummingbirds are fun and flighty and strange. It's hard to keep them in one place and dad was a bit like that. Keeping a conversation in one moment was impossible with him. It was a bit like trying to put a bag around a storm and hoping that it wouldn't just blow away.
"Sometimes there are going to be days where things are really difficult. And having a reminder that is permanently there is nice."
However, Zelda reveals it will take quite some time before she can fully come to terms with her dad's death: "I think a lot of people feel his absence. But for me, especially, it's going to take a lot of work to allow myself to have the sort of fun, happy life that I had. But that's important. Anybody who has ever lost anyone works very hard to continue that memory in a positive way."
The 25 year old concludes, "The world keeps spinning, but that doesn't mean he was never on it."
A documentary looking into the death of late actor Robin Williams has been commissioned by bosses at British network Channel 5. The last hours of the funnyman's life will be recreated for an episode of the Autopsy series. Williams committed suicide at his home in California in August (14), aged 63. Previous stars featured on the series include Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson.
Boyhood, The Theory Of Everything and The Grand Budapest Hotel were among the big winners at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards on Sunday (08Feb15). Boyhood scored the coveted Best Film prize, while filmmaker Richard Linklater claimed Best Director and Patricia Arquette was named Best Supporting Actress.
Hawke accepted the director award on Linklater's behalf, as the filmmaker had opted to attend the Directors Guild Awards in Los Angeles the previous night (07Feb15) instead. Hawke says, "He was hijacked at the DGAs and sat there losing and is going to be really, frankly, p**sed off, that he’s not here tonight."
Linklater lost the top directing prize at the DGA ceremony to Birdman's Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
The Theory of Everything was another triple winner, scoring Outstanding British Film, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Leading Actor for Eddie Redmayne's portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking.
In his acceptance speech, the star paid tribute to Hawking and his wife Jane, who were in the audience at London's Royal Opera House, saying, "I would like to thank them for their trust in us, their generosity and their kindness and for reminding me of the great strength that comes from having the will to live a full and passionate life."
The Grand Budapest Hotel landed the most prizes of the night with five, but its biggest win was in the Best Original Screenplay category for writer/director Wes Anderson, with the remaining accolades coming in the technical categories, including Costume Design, Production Design and Original Music.
Julianne Moore continued her awards season streak with the Leading Actress honour for Still Alice, while J.K. Simmons won Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash and Unbroken's Jack O'Connell was named the EE Rising Star.
Other winners included Citizenfour for Best Documentary and The Lego Movie, which picked up the Best Animated Film prize, despite being snubbed in the Oscar nominations.
During the ceremony, British royal The Duke of Cambridge and Robert Downey, Jr. paid special tribute to late actor/director Lord Richard Attenborough via video message. Attenborough, who directed Downey, Jr. in 1992 biopic Chaplin and served as BAFTA Chairman for eight years, died in August (14). The Iron Man star said, "I'm sad. I miss you Dicky," before reciting the opening lyrics to Smile by Charlie Chaplin.
The main In Memoriam tribute section honoured a number of late stars including Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall, Harold Ramis and Mickey Rooney.
The full winners list is as follows:
Best Film: Boyhood
Outstanding British Film: The Theory of Everything
Best Director: Richard Linklater - Boyhood
Best Leading Actor: Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything
Best Leading Actress: Julianne Moore - Still Alice
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons - Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette - Boyhood
Best Original Screenplay: Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Adapted Screenplay: Anthony McCarten - The Theory of Everything
Best Original Music: Alexandre Desplat - The Grand Budapest Hotel
EE Rising Star Award: Jack O'Connell
Best Animated Film: The Lego Movie
Best Documentary: Citizenfour
Best Film Not in the English Language: Ida
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Stephen Beresford, David Livingstone - Pride
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki - Birdman
Best Special Visual Effects: Paul Franklin, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter - Interstellar
Best Production Design: Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Costume Design: Milena Canonero - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Makeup and Hair: Frances Hannon, Mark Coulier - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Sound: Thomas Curley, Ben Wilkins, Craig Mann - Whiplash
Best Editing: Tom Cross - Whiplash
Best Short Film: Boogaloo And Graham
Best Short Animation: The Bigger Picture
BAFTA Fellowship: Mike Leigh
Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema: BBC Films.
Robin Williams' children feel "heartbroken" after their stepmother filed legal papers to contest the late star's will.
The Mrs. Doubtfire actor's widow Susan Schneider is locked in a court battle with his three grown-up children from previous marriages, Zak, Zelda and Cody, over possessions he bequeathed to them.
In legal papers filed at San Francisco Superior Court in California in December (14), Schneider asks to keep hold of the contents of the home she shared with Williams prior to his death last year (14), including jewellery and memorabilia which her husband left to the children. She also claims a number of items were removed from the house without her permission.
The children have hit back at Schneider in their own court papers, insisting they feel "heartbroken" by her decision to thrash out the argument over the movie star's belongings in court. They claim their stepmother has withheld some of their father's belongings from them, and accuse her of trying to interfere with his final wishes.
The papers state, "The Williams children are heartbroken that the petitioner, Mr. Williams' wife of less than three years, has acted against his wishes by challenging the plans he so carefully made for his estate," adding that the filing, "adds insult to terrible injury... (and is a means to) prevent them from receiving what their father wanted them to receive."
The case will go to court on 30 March (15). Williams committed suicide at his home in California in August (14) at the age of 63.
Broadway veteran Harvey Fierstein is working on turning Robin Williams comedy Mrs. Doubtfire into a stage musical. The actor and playwright appeared alongside late funnyman Williams in the 1993 movie and now he is busy adapting it for the theatre.
Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken broke the news to fans on Thursday (22Jan15) during an interview on America's Entertainment Weekly Radio, revealing he and his Hercules collaborator David Zippel will be writing the songs.
Menken, who is known for his work on a string of Disney projects, says, "Harvey Fierstein is writing the book, David Zippel is writing the lyrics, I'm writing the music, and it's going very well. It's in its early stages, and that's probably all I can say. We're really enjoying working on it."
Mrs. Doubtfire starred Williams as divorced dad Daniel Hillard, who cross-dresses as a nanny so he can see his kids. The tragic comedian had been planning to reprise his role for a sequel before committing suicide in August (14).
Police in San Francisco, California have arrested a man they suspect attempted to burn down the house that doubled as the family home in Mrs. Doubtfire. Tyquon Eugene Welch, 25, was taken into custody on Wednesday morning (07Jan15) and booked on a charge of attempted murder.
Welch is believed to be a disgruntled former patient of current owner Dr. Douglas Ousterhout, a plastic surgeon who specialises in facial feminisation for transgender women.
Police rushed to the Victorian home on Steiner Street on Monday night (05Jan15) after Ousterhout discovered someone had set fire to his doormat and sparked a second small blaze on the side of his garage in the Pacific Heights neighbourhood.
He put out the flames, which caused minor damage, and called police to report the incidents.
The property appeared in the news in August (14), following the death of Mrs. Doubtfire star Robin Williams, when fans turned it into a shrine to the funnyman and placed flower tributes in his memory on the steps leading to the home.
The San Francisco, California house which doubled as the family home in Robin Williams' 1993 comedy Mrs. Doubtfire has been targeted in a double arson attack. The current owner, Dr. Douglas K. Ousterhout, noticed his doormat was on fire on Monday night (05Jan15) and soon discovered a second small blaze on the side of his garage in the Pacific Heights neighbourhood.
He put out the flames, which caused minor damage, and called police to report the incidents.
Police spokesman Albie Esparza tells USA Today, "We are following up on leads on the suspect. Nothing is confirmed."
The property last appeared in the news in August (14), following the death of Williams, as fans placed flower tributes in his memory on the steps to the home.
Actress/comedienne Margaret Cho spent the holidays feeding the homeless in California in honour of late actor Robin Williams. The funnywoman had a hard time dealing with Good Will Hunting star's death in August (14), and dealt with her sadness by working to raise awareness for a cause close to Williams' heart.
She tells U.S. talk show The View, "I spent the last two months feeding the homeless in San Francisco. It was my way of dealing with the death of Robin Williams, because I missed him and I think people don't understand what a huge homeless activist he was - not only with comic relief, raising $70 million with Whoopi (Goldberg) and Billy (Crystal), but he had a clause in his contract where a certain percentage of the workers in the movies that he did had to be homeless workers. So he gave people a dignified wage.
"I feel like that part of his legacy has been lost and I could not stop grieving him and Michael Pritchard, who is also a homeless activist and comedian, told me, 'Don't grieve Robin, be Robin'.
"So I went out on the streets of San Francisco for two months with the band Frightwig and we went out there and we played and did songs and made a meeting point for people to donate clothes, food... and money. (It was a) very little version of comic relief."
Robin Williams helped his Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb co-star Skyler Gisondo score a prom date by starring in a video asking the teen's female friend to go to the dance with him.
In one of the late funnyman's final roles, Williams returned to his post as Teddy Roosevelt in the blockbuster franchise, and while filming the final installment, he spent his downtime helping 18-year-old Gisondo come up with ideas on how to ask a girl to the annual dance.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Gisondo recalls, "All morning, Robin was pitching more ideas. He was saying 'Can I say this? Would it be appropriate to say this?' You're Robin Williams. You can say whatever you want!
"It turned into this three minute, ridiculous thing. A prom-posal. I realized that was the most awesome three minutes of my life and I've accepted it will go downhill from there."
Gisondo, who plays Ben Stiller's son in the film, created a video featuring himself, Williams and Stiller, who attempted to convince the teen's pal Hilary to go to the prom with him, insisting he is a "good Jewish boy" and a "good kisser".
Crystal the Monkey, who is featured in Night at the Museum, also made an appearance by jumping on Gisondo's shoulder's and handing him a single red rose.
The young actor goes on to praise Williams for his selflessness and generosity during their time together, adding, "Robin was this bottomless reservoir of kindness and hilarity. It was just so special to work so closely with this guy whose movies I've grown up with and watch his preparedness and his kindness."
Williams committed suicide at his home in California in August (14).