Mara Wilson, the infeasibly cute little girl who played Robin Williams' daughter in Mrs Doubtfire, has penned a touching, heartfelt blog about her relationship with the late comic.
Now 27, she was just five years old when she appeared as the youngest daughter in the 1993 comedy. On Monday, she posted an fullaccount of her memories of Williams on her blog, calling him "warm, gentle, expressing, nurturing and brilliant".
But this week, in a 1600-word personal essay posted on her blog marawilsonwritesstuff.com, she spoke about her affection for Williams. She said she was "glad people are starting to talk seriously about mental health", but didn't want his death to "romanticise mental anguish".
Giving insights in Williams' incomparable, rapid-fire improvisation skills, Wilson said he created so much of Mrs Doubtfire on the spot that "I wonder why they didn't give him at least partial screenwriting credit"..
He was constantly breaking into mischief during filming, she said, entertaining his on-screen family of Wilson, Lisa Jakub and Matthew Lawrence by creating hand puppets, with his left and right hands fighting and trading insults such as "You smell like poop!". "I was five,so poop jokes were the height of hilarity."
They had lost touch in recent years, with Wilson studying at New York University and no longer acting. However, she said she could never have imagined losing Williams. "My grieving has been private," she wrote, adding that she wouldn't have been able to hold it together to do interviews, although "I did cry on the subway, but I live in New York, where no one cares."
Mental health needed to be taken seriously and not romanticised, she said. "I know many people who think to be an artist means you have to suffer, or at least wallow in old miseries ... To focus on someone's pain instead of their accomplishments is an insult to them."
Wilson said many people were inspired by Williams, but many simply love his movies and have done so since they were kids.
"It is remarkable how many lives Robin touched, and how many people said, just as I had, that he reminded them of their fathers," she wrote.
Ending the piece by echoing her most famous line from Mrs Doubtfire, Wilson wrote: "I suppose... we're all his goddamn kids, too."
After Williams' death last week, Wilson - who has a popular and witty Twitter account, @MaraWritesStuff - took to social media to say she was going to take some time out following the shock news.
- Sydney Morning Herald