During his appearance on The Tonight Show last night, Billy Crystal emotionally told Fallon about eulogizing his friend Robin Williams at the Emmys. That prompted a sad—but, naturally, hilarious—remembrance of Williams from both Crystal and Fallon. READ FULL STORY
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In addition to his many, many, many other admirable traits, the late Robin Williams was a devoted World of Warcraft player. In the wake of his passing, a petition circulated requesting that Warcraft designer Blizzard create some kind of memorial.
Robin Williams’ daughter Zelda was bullied on social media after her father’s death, causing the 25-year-old to suspend her Twitter and Instagram accounts. “Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever,” Zelda posted on Twitter Aug. 13. Nearly three weeks later, she’s back.
Zelda posted a simple tweet Monday, her first since Aug. 13, reading “Thank you.” In that tweet, she also linked to a Tumblr post containing a quote from actor Harvey Fierstein: “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no ones definition of your life; define yourself.” READ FULL STORY
Billy Crystal remembered Robin Williams, who died Aug. 11 at 63, during the Emmys memorial segment Monday evening.
Before Crystal’s tribute, the Emmys also remembered other stars who died this year, including Paul Walker, James Avery, Ann B. Davis, Shirley Temple, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lauren Bacall, and Sid Caesar, in a video segment that played as Sara Bareilles sang Nat King Cole’s “Smile” live.
The video segment ended on a photo of Robin Williams as Billy Crystal began his tribute onstage. “He made us laugh. Hard,” Crystal started. “Every time you saw him.” Crystal and Williams starred in 1997 comedy Fathers’ Day together and also both had supporting roles in 1996’s Hamlet. READ FULL STORY
David Letterman wasn’t the slightest bit intimidated by Robin Williams the first time he met the comedian 38 years ago at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. That is, until Williams got on stage. “It’s like nothing we had ever seen before,” Letterman remembered. “We’re like morning dew. He comes in like a hurricane.”
Letterman’s show was taking a break last week so he wasn’t able to publicly remember Williams, who died August 11 at age 63, until Monday evening. The late night host took 10 minutes to tell stories about Williams, including one about the time Williams landed Letterman a guest spot on popular ’70s sitcom Mork and Mindy.
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Broadway lights will dim on Aug. 13 in memory of Robin Williams—who tread the boards multiple times during his illustrious career—but one show in particular owed much more to the late comic icon.
Disney’s Aladdin has been entertaining audiences on Broadway since February, but the Aug. 12 performance ended on a slightly different note when the entire audience joined in a singalong of “Friend Like Me,” the showstopping number sung by the Genie, Williams’ beloved role in the 1992 film.
Led by James Monroe Iglehart (who earned a Tony Award for his portrayal of the Genie), the Broadway company of Aladdin encouraged the audience to pay tribute to Williams by joyously singing to the rafters. It was a surprisingly touching moment, and certainly a gleeful way to honor Williams’ Aladdin legacy. Watch it below:
Robin Williams died Monday at the age of 63, and his daughter Zelda Williams first publicly acknowledged his death on her Instagram on Tuesday with a photo reading, “I love you. I miss you. I’ll try to keep looking up.” Later that evening, she posted a lengthier statement to her Tumblr account, remembering her father and saying goodbye to social media for the time being.
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When Conan O’Brien paid tribute to Robin Williams on his show Monday night, the talk show host had just learned that the famed comedian had passed away and was likely the first to break the news to some of his studio audience. For Tuesday’s show, O’Brien took some time to give Williams a proper tribute.
With co-host Andy Richter, O’Brien showed a selection of clips from the times he’d interviewed Williams—and shared a story about a ridiculous Irish-themed bicycle the actor had bought him to cheer him up after O’Brien lost The Tonight Show in 2010.
It’s only been about two weeks since Allison Williams started using Instagram, but she’s already proven herself a master of the medium. She’s done a throwback post, an aw-shucks shot of her performing, and even Instagrammed her breakfast (a very Marnie-on-Girls thing to do). But on Wednesday, Williams posted a video of her first day of flying lessons for Peter Pan Live!
A sparkplug performer at the microphone and a chameleonic talent on screen, Robin Williams improvised his way into Hollywood fame. In this week’s issue, Entertainment Weekly looks back at the career highlights and personal lows of the Oscar-winning actor. Williams, who died in an apparent suicide on Monday at age 63, struggled for much of his life with both substance abuse and depression.
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