Robin Williams: When the Laughter Stops 1951 - 2014
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Robin Williams

When the Laughter Stops 1951 - 2014

By Emily Herbert

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Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Other Information: illustrations
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 November 2014
With his twinkling eyes, boundless energy and unrivalled natural wit, Robin Williams was the comedian who brought laughter to a generation. Through roles in cherished films such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, Aladdin and Hook, he became the genial face of family comedy. His child-like enthusiasm was infectious, sweeping viewers away. Allied to his lightning-quick improvisation and ability to riff lewdly off any cue thrown at him, Robin was that rare thing - a true comic genius who appealed to adults and children equally. He could also play it straight, and empathetic depth came to him naturally. A poignant performance in Good Will Hunting won him an Academy Award whilst his masterfully chilling turn in psychological thriller Insomnia shocked audiences and hinted at a darker side. What truly caught the imagination, though, was his good-heartedness. Warmth radiated from him on-screen, but he was legendary for his off-screen acts of selfless generosity. Where most Hollywood A-listers demand outrageous pampering in their contract riders, he always insisted that the production company hire a full quota of homeless people to help make his movies. But behind the laughter lay a deeply troubled man, and tragedy would follow. At midday, on 11 August 2014, Robin Williams was pronounced dead at his California home. The verdict was suicide. He had battled depression and addiction for many years and was allegedly beset by financial difficulties. Emily Herbert's sensitive and thoughtful biography celebrates his genius and warmth, but also attempts to understand what could have driven such a gentle and gifted man to so tragic an end. This is Robin Williams, the life, the laughter, and the deep sorrow of the man who made the world smile.

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Emily Herbertis the author of "Lady Gaga: Behind the Fame "and "Michael Jackson: King of Pop.""

EAN: 9781784183004
ISBN: 1784183008
Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 2 centimeters (0.24 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Anonymous on
 
Bought as a gift for my son-on-law who collects biographies and autobiographies and it was well received, said it was a good read.
Ian on
 
I don't read a lot of books these days but I just had to buy this book about the best actor and funniest person ever. The book was great just like Robin Williams and I will be reading this book for ever. The wait to take delivery of this book was well worth it. I would highly recommend this book and other items from fishpond.com.au
Andrea on
 
Not bad full of facts I was expecting a more fun read.
Tanya on
 
Love the book a big fan Robin Williams so sad he could other so much happiness to others ,but couldn't for himself ,good read .
nathan on
 
a good biography despite the life and career ending early

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