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"From New York Times reporter Dave Itzkoff comes the definitive biography of Robin Williams-- a compelling portrait of one of America's most beloved and misunderstood entertainers. From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy and his powerful Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative actor and comedian. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture, politics, and personal revelation-- all with mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another. But as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, Williams's comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt. In his comedy and in celebrated films like Dead Poets Society; Good Morning, Vietnam; The Fisher King; Aladdin; and Mrs. Doubtfire, he showcased his limitless gift for improvisation, bringing his characters to life and using humor to seek deeper truths. Itzkoff also shows how Williams struggled mightily with addiction and depression and with a debilitating condition at the end of his life that affected him in ways his fans never knew. Drawing on more than a hundred original interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, as well as extensive archival research, Robin is a fresh and original look at a performer whose work touched so many of our lives"--Book jacket
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781627794244
Characteristics: xii, 529 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 25 cm


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Really well done. It includes a lot of information about his time in Marin.

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Sep 22, 2018

Written by Williams' friend Itzkoff, there is much interesting information but felt somewhat like a puff piece spending large amounts of time on congratulatory material, but sometimes unquestioning or absent discussion of questionable behavior. E.g., "sexualized outbursts" directed at women on the Mork and Mindy set, such as "goosing" Mindy's "sweet old lady" grandmother with a cane, groping costar Pam Dawber's ("most frequent target of these sexual outbursts") breasts and "ass," etc. This is in the book chapter titled "The Robin Williams Show," where it is made clear Robin was the alpha dog of the series, apparently allowed many liberties.
Good photos included.

ArapahoeLesley Jul 16, 2018

Itzkoff has written a well informed and very enjoyable biography of comic legend Robin Williams that makes you smile and laugh with the memories that Robin's long career bring forth. I am shocked I haven't ever seen The World According to Garp, Good Morning Vietnam or The Fisher King, where was I? I have put them all on hold from my local library and I look forward to watching them with my behind the scenes knowledge. You'd have to be heartless to not cry while reading this, it is very affecting. So heartbreaking but heartening too.

Jun 25, 2018

This is a very well-written thoroughly-researched biography about a very complicated and interesting man. The author has clearly gone to great lengths to ensure accuracy and honesty, and shows no bias toward the subject. The composition is excellent and the story line remains interesting. The ending, of course, is sad, but one is given a very clear insight as to why Robin Williams committed suicide. The author leaves it up to the reader to decide whether it was the right or wrong course of action for this extraordinary man. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the life and death of Robin Williams.

Jun 15, 2018

This book was just what I wanted- some insight into Robin's mind, what his life was like, what it was like to be him. He had so many gifts but with those came many insecurities. I can understand more now why he would live and die as he did, love him even more and wonder how anyone would manage his brain better than he did.


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