Robin Williams, 1983: Even Then, You Could See Life Was A Struggle

August 12, 2014 2:07 AM

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Robin Williams, 1983: Even Then, You Could See Life Was A Struggle

Robin Williams dead, a suspected suicide? It can't be. Oh, but it can. When I interviewed him for New York Magazine all those years ago, I could see that staying grounded -- staying with us -- was a never-ending struggle. Reading my profile now, I fix on a story one of his producers told me. Robin was visiting him and his wife at the hospital soon after their baby was born. "We were telling the birth story -- how, in the middle of my wife's delivery, the nurses and doctors ran to another room, where a baby was lost at term," the producer recalled. "Robin and Marsha's first child had been born that year, and the story affected Robin so much he left the room. A few minutes later, I found him sitting by the crib, his hand on our son's back and tears streaming down his face."

It's important for me to fall in love with people while I'm interviewing them and writing about them, but there's usually a half-life. After a while, you barely remember them. Robin was different. He made me more vivid to myself, and you don't get that every day. "Too sensitive to live," Carrie Fish...

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