Robin

Robin[Ebook] ➧ Robin Author Dave Itzkoff – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk From New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, the definitive biography of Robin Williams a compelling portrait of one of America s most beloved and misunderstood entertainersFrom his rapid fire s From New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, the definitive biography of Robin Williams a compelling portrait of one of America s most beloved and misunderstood entertainersFrom his rapid fire stand up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork Mindy and his Academy Award winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture and politics while mixing in personal revelations all with mercurial, tongue twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another with lightning speedBut as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, Williams s comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self doubt, which he drew upon in his comedy and in celebrated films like Dead Poets Society Good Morning, Vietnam The Fisher King Aladdin and Mrs Doubtfire, where he showcased his limitless gift for improvisation to bring to life a wide range of characters And in Good Will Hunting he gave an intense and controlled performance that revealed the true range of his talentItzkoff also shows how Williams struggled mightily with addiction and depression topics he discussed openly while performing and during interviews and with a debilitating condition at the end of his life that affected him in ways his fans never knew Drawing on 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 man whose work touched so many lives. Robin by Dave Itzkoff is a 2018 Henry Holt and Co Publication After Robin Williams passed away, my daughter turned to me and said, I grew up with Robin Williams After a moment, I realized that in many ways, so had I I was in my mid teens when Robin burst onto the scene in that iconic episode ofHappy Dayswhich led toMork MindyI loved that show and found Robin to be a fresh comedic talent who could pull off what appeared to be completely spontaneous dialogue and accompanied by hig Robin by Dave Itzkoff is a 2018 Henry Holt and Co Publication After Robin Williams passed away, my daughter turned to me and said, I grew up with Robin Williams After a moment, I realized that in many ways, so had I I was in my mid teens when Robin burst onto the scene in that iconic episode ofHappy Dayswhich led toMork MindyI loved that show and found Robin to be a fresh comedic talent who could pull off what appeared to be completely spontaneous dialogue and accompanied by high energy physical comedy From that time forward I was a huge fan I loved his stand up routines and his movies For my daughter it wasHook, thenMrs Doubtfire , then as she got older,Dead Poet s SocietyandGood Will Hunting , while I lovedGood Morning, VietnamandThe Fisher King .While I seldom over react to a celebrity death, Robin s hit me hard I was so shocked I m not sure I ever really processed it outside of the grim aftermath, as lurid details emerged, and social media passed its harsh judgments Even though four years have passed, and much has happened in that time, I still feel a jolt of pain when I think of him I wouldn t want to read just any old rushed to publication book written about him and I m sure there have been a few hastily thrown together cash grabs which quickly faded into obscurity This book, however, is professionally done, well organized, insightful, informative, often very entertaining, and course poignant look back at the life and career of the one and only Robin Williams I personally had no knowledge of Robin s upbringing and was surprised by his childhood I could relate in some ways as my father moved his family around nearly as frequently as Robin s did I understood how isolating it can be, no matter what your personality type, to start over in a new town, in a new school, surrounded by unfamiliar faces, and once again face the enormous task of making new friends and trying to fit in The beginning of Robin s career was somewhat familiar to me, but I had forgotten a lot of the ups and downs in those early days The drugs, alcohol, the sudden and intense success, followed by career fits and starts, with spurts of wide recognition followed by incredibly harsh critical bashing.As a regular follower of Robin s career, I began to recall much of the ground the author covered, but as far as Robin s personal life went, I wasn t all that knowledgeable I knew he had problems with drugs, that Belushi s death scared him straight, that Robin had been married and divorced, then remarried and had several children, but I was mostly in the dark when about the details behind his marriages and relationships with colleagues and friends The thing about this biography, that really stands out, is that it gives the reader a clearer picture of the man behind the frenetic comedy Robin s fears, his goals, his hopes, and the demons that plagued him, how he made it all look spontaneous and easy But, in reality, it was much harder to pull off than anyone ever knew I was struck by how harsh the movie critics could be, bordering on downright nastiness Still, while Robin certainly made his share of sub par films, overall his body of work is pretty solid, and I have to say, I thought that his improvisations often saved otherwise dull roles, that may have fallen flat if not for Robin s putting his personal stamp on it Of course, it backfired on himthan a few times, rather spectacularly But, as harsh as the critics could be, the public often overrode their skepticism, making Robin s movie box office gold, time and time again I really enjoyed looking back on Robin s career, reminiscing about some of his great roles, his hilarious jokes, and his energy His personal life is fraught with as many ups and downs as his career, suffering with health problems and substance abuse issues His battles with alcohol eventually broke up his long time marriage to a woman who stabilized him in a way most others never could The concerns about Robin s third marriage didn t feel one hundred percent balanced and may have been the only place in the book where the author s personal opinion was made evident Nothing wrong with being independent or having a life which is not defined by your husband s career The subsequent estate disputes also painted her in a bad light, but I m not sure the author approached these events in an entirely subjective manner The mystery surrounding Robin s health in the last years of his life is just plain frustrating His diagnosis, which may not have been the right one, only makes his sufferingpoignant What he was thinking is hard to discern Some think he was very aware of what he was doing, while others think he was under the influence of the illness, which despite not knowing him personally, I agree with the latter Looking at his life up that point, the trials he faced and the odds he overcame, I can t help but think he was not himself at all at the time Reading about Robin s struggles with his mind was utterly heartbreaking By the end of the book as we relived Robin s final days, once again, I was struck by the tremendous loss of talent I swallowed down a huge and painful lump in my throat, as the impact his death had on the world of entertainment finally sank in But, that is nothing compared to the loss his family and friends endured, the pain seeping through the pages as they coped not only with the loss, the manner of death, but with the court of public opinion The days after being no less stressful, but with the help and support of friends and family, the way to healing was launched Following the brave example of his children, we can all look back on Robin s life and career and remember him in the way he would want us to Remember his compassion, the light he brought to those in need, the endless laughter, and hours of joy and entertainment he provided us with over the course of his life and ours.Personal note The audio version of this book is very well done If you have a chance to add it, it is worth it While there will probably be other Robin Williams biographies published I can t imagine that any of them will be as comprehensive or well done as Robin by Dave Itzkoff Although the book is rather long 550 pages and uses footnotes extensively, it never lagged Itzkoff did extensive research and conducted many interviews with Robin s friends, family, and co stars in an attempt to understand this complex, driven, and extremely gifted man Combined with those interviews and research, Itzkoff pr While there will probably be other Robin Williams biographies published I can t imagine that any of them will be as comprehensive or well done as Robin by Dave Itzkoff Although the book is rather long 550 pages and uses footnotes extensively, it never lagged Itzkoff did extensive research and conducted many interviews with Robin s friends, family, and co stars in an attempt to understand this complex, driven, and extremely gifted man Combined with those interviews and research, Itzkoff provided his own insightful analysis, and the result is a fully fleshed out portrait of this comedic genius and troubled soul Williams first widely known role was as Mork in the television series Mork and Mindy In that role he was an actor like none I d seen before with his amazing improvisations, frenetic behavior, and incredible comedic talent That talent carried over to movies such as Mrs Doubtfire and Aladdin William also became known for dramatic roles in the movies Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, and Good Will Hunting His remarkable ability to perform both comedy and drama at such a high level made him a unique and beloved actor.In one sense Williams was very open about his life his addictions, depression, marriage and financial problems but he was also a cypher to those who knew him well.As Itzkoff writes in the Prologue But who was he Except for that one stray moment when he had spoken a few tentative words in his surprisingly stately voice and then metamorphosed into a French undersea explorer, Robin had never let the audience see his true self Some part of him would be present in every role and stand up set he would play over the next thirty five years, but in their totality these things did not add up to him The real Robin was a modest, almost inconspicuous man, who never fully believed he was worthy of the monumental fame, adulation, and accomplishments he would achieve He shared the authentic person at his core with considerable reluctance, but he also felt obliged to give a sliver of himself to anyone he encountered even fleetingly It wounded him deeply to think that he had denied a memorable Robin Williams experience to anyone who wanted it, yet the people who spent years by his side were left to feel that he had kept some fundamental part of himself concealed, even from them Everyone felt as if they knew him, even if they did not always admire the work he did Millions of people loved him for his generosity of spirit, his quickness of mind, and the hopefulness he inspired Some lost their affection for him in later years, as the quality of his work declined, even as they held out hope that he d find the thing the project, the character, the spark that had made him great before, as great as he was when he first burst into the cultural consciousness And when he was gone, we all wished we d had him just a little bit longer It s a tragic loss to his family, friends, and fans that he left too soon and in so much pain Readers don t have to be a Robin Williams fan or even have any knowledge of him to appreciate this book Anyone who enjoys a well researched and well written biography of a one of a kind individual will find Robin very worthwhile reading Highly recommended.Thank you to Henry Holt Company and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review PLEASE read my updated ABOUT ME profile.This is the last review I m writing for the rest of 2018 This break has been brewing Its time Audiobook..read by the Fred Berman who was perfect for the task Robin.is as close to Robin Williams as we re going to get Author Dave Itzkoff gave us a thorough all encompassing Robin I can t imagine anyone doingI loved the meditative listening feeling I fell into at times while soaking in my pooland or hanging PLEASE read my updated ABOUT ME profile.This is the last review I m writing for the rest of 2018 This break has been brewing Its time Audiobook..read by the Fred Berman who was perfect for the task Robin.is as close to Robin Williams as we re going to get Author Dave Itzkoff gave us a thorough all encompassing Robin I can t imagine anyone doingI loved the meditative listening feeling I fell into at times while soaking in my pooland or hanging out in our yard Everything Robin was just really nice to listen to To think Robin s High School classmates voted him most likely not to succeed He wasn t just a well loved actor, he was also popular with the local residents in Paradise Cay in Marin County, California, here in the Bay Area, where he spent his final years We can now drive through the Robin Williams Tunnel..which was formally called The Rainbow Tunnel very fitting with Robin s rainbow suspenders Love the guy..The aroma of this Audiobook is delicious 4 stars to Robin, a thorough and well written biography of the life of one of a kind Robin Williams This book came highly recommended by my friend, Toni I m so grateful I read it My earliest memory of Robin Williams includes my mom s hysterical laughter mixed with my own, while watching re runs of Mork and Mindy Robin s silly humor even translated to small children My favorite memory of him is when he came to my college s campus to film Patch Adams, and I walked right by him and 4 stars to Robin, a thorough and well written biography of the life of one of a kind Robin Williams This book came highly recommended by my friend, Toni I m so grateful I read it My earliest memory of Robin Williams includes my mom s hysterical laughter mixed with my own, while watching re runs of Mork and Mindy Robin s silly humor even translated to small children My favorite memory of him is when he came to my college s campus to film Patch Adams, and I walked right by him and managed not to faint Patch Adams remains my favorite Robin Williams movie Robin is a biographical compendium of Robin Williams life This book is long on pages, but it does not feel that way when reading Yes, there are tons of footnotes, but the author clearly did his job of interviewing and researching most every aspect of Williams full and varied life I did not know much about his early life, or even his early career, so I soaked in all the details, and tried to put together the intricate pieces of the Robin puzzle Also included was information about his final diagnosis, Diffuse Lewy Body Dementia, which unfortunately, was not a diagnosis Williams received when he was still alive One can only hope it would have offered him some understanding of what was going on physically with his body and cognitively with his thoughts Robin Williams was in a league of his own This biography is a must for any fan, and even if you were not a fan, this is a perfectly written biography full of heart Thank you to Dave Itzkoff, Henry Holt and Co., and Netgalley for the ARC Robin is available now All of my reviews can also be found on my shiny new blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com I still remember how stunned I was when I heard that Robin Williams had died, and then evenshocked when it came out that he had likely died by hanging himself with a belt It just seemed such a wretched ending for the beloved comedian who d brought such a wonderful humor into our lives It broke my heart and I cried for what he must have been going through I highly enjoyed this extremely well researched book on him I feel it did a great job of covering his life including his family and c I still remember how stunned I was when I heard that Robin Williams had died, and then evenshocked when it came out that he had likely died by hanging himself with a belt It just seemed such a wretched ending for the beloved comedian who d brought such a wonderful humor into our lives It broke my heart and I cried for what he must have been going through I highly enjoyed this extremely well researched book on him I feel it did a great job of covering his life including his family and career He became famous for Mork and Mindy in 1978 when I was 18, so I was quite aware of him and his show and he became one of my favorites comics This book shares some of what was going on behind the scenes during many important times in his life and career versus what was coming out publicly After his death, I readabout what authorities found and I watched a show that discussed what actually killed him and was found during his autopsy It seems he d been misdiagnosed with Parkinsons and he was having all sorts of symptoms and health issues, including the depression he d been bothered by off and on his whole life at times I find the book an engrossing read as he was just so private even with those he seemed so close with and most people felt they didn t really know him well An advance digital copy was provided by NetGalley, author Dave Itzkoff, and the publisher for my honest review Henry Holt and Co.Publication date May 15, 2018 Every couple of months or so I think about Robin Williams and how he is no longer with us, and I just feel so sad While he certainly made me laugh over the years and I thought he was a wonderful comedic and dramatic actor, I don t think I fully appreciated how absolutely brilliant he was until he was gone This is probably the most comprehensive Robin Williams biography we will ever get It s not perfect, as I personally thought it got off to a slow start, but it does cover all the parts of his Every couple of months or so I think about Robin Williams and how he is no longer with us, and I just feel so sad While he certainly made me laugh over the years and I thought he was a wonderful comedic and dramatic actor, I don t think I fully appreciated how absolutely brilliant he was until he was gone This is probably the most comprehensive Robin Williams biography we will ever get It s not perfect, as I personally thought it got off to a slow start, but it does cover all the parts of his life including his childhood, career, and relationships with his wives, children, and friends However there are still parts of Robin that remain a mystery although that s no fault of the author as it doesn t sound like Robin revealed every single thing about himself to people, even close friends The book delves into the subject of his death which was ruled a suicide I don t think we will ever know the exact reason why he killed himself It s possible he didn t want to live the rest of his days because he knew his mind was deteriorating due to what was originally diagnosed as Parkinson s, but was determined after his death to be Lewy body dementia He also could have been experiencing an episode of paranoia which led to his death I guess it doesn t really much matter though as the end result is the same I recommend reading this book if you want a good look at his life but I also think some of the different tv specials including the HBO documentary, Robin Williams Come Inside My Mind are worth watching as well What an amazing talent He is missed Ever since the tragic death of the American entertainment legend Robin Williams, I have been waiting to read the story of his life I have always been fascinated by Williams because he was a man of incredible professional range He was both a riffing force of nature as a stand up comic, as well as a quiet and incredibly skilled dramatic actor I found those diverse talents to be extraordinarily intriguing, as I watched Robin evolve from MORK MINDY to COMIC RELIEF to DEAD POET S SOCIETY and eve Ever since the tragic death of the American entertainment legend Robin Williams, I have been waiting to read the story of his life I have always been fascinated by Williams because he was a man of incredible professional range He was both a riffing force of nature as a stand up comic, as well as a quiet and incredibly skilled dramatic actor I found those diverse talents to be extraordinarily intriguing, as I watched Robin evolve from MORK MINDY to COMIC RELIEF to DEAD POET S SOCIETY and even on to something like the film, ONE HOUR PHOTO I m not sure if we have witnessed any other entertainer with the skill set and range that Robin Williams possessed The only other comedian that comes close to his style would have been Jonathan Winters, who was an idol and later a friend of Robin s Robin s personality was something of an enigma He could be an extroverted wild man as a stand up comic, and then a completely pensive and shy introverted man in his private life In this book simply titled ROBIN by Dave Itzkoff, I really believe that the author has written the definitive biography of Robin Williams This is a candid and engrossing look into the personal and professional life of this amazing man It provided such tremendous insight into Robin s world and how he perceived himself and others I will always admire Robin Williams and miss him greatly This was an entertaining biography of an incredible and unforgettable performer I grew up watching Robin Williams movies and TV antics and found him endearing Recently I watched the documentary Robin Williams Come Inside My Mind, which was a nice complement to this book because it showed footage of numerous scenes discussed in the text I also recommend listening to the audiobook for Robin, which was wonderfully performed by Fred Berman.Highly recommended for fans of the late great Robin This was an entertaining biography of an incredible and unforgettable performer I grew up watching Robin Williams movies and TV antics and found him endearing Recently I watched the documentary Robin Williams Come Inside My Mind, which was a nice complement to this book because it showed footage of numerous scenes discussed in the text I also recommend listening to the audiobook for Robin, which was wonderfully performed by Fred Berman.Highly recommended for fans of the late great Robin Williams Genre BiographyPublisher Henry Holt the author portrays the artist, Robin Williams, not as a tormented soul who ends his own life, butas a tender man desperate for talent validation We all know that Robin was a comic g Genre BiographyPublisher Henry Holt CompanyPub Date May 15, 2018The author, Dave Itzkoff, is a culture reporter who writes about film, television, and comedy for The New York Times Itzkoff writes this book as a combination of straight reporting and insightful analysis This is a bittersweet biography the author portrays the artist, Robin Williams, not as a tormented soul who ends his own life, butas a tender man desperate for talent validation We all know that Robin was a comic genius But not many, including myself, know that he had a great memory some would say photographic He could show up on sets, late and hung over, often in the same clothes from the night before, to discover that the writers made major script changes while he was out partying While other actors struggled and fumbled to remember the new lines, Robin would just glance it over once and proceed to nail it This skill flabbergasted many over the years From his breakthrough television role on Mork and Mindy to his long movie career, his stage shenanigans fascinated his audiences, especially when he switched characters on a dime He was the king of improvisation In the author s and my opinion no other stand up comedian came close Just watching him perform, the man could exhaust you.Like most biographies, the book begins when Williams was a child The son of a well to do executive who had two older half siblings who did not live with him growing up, Robin had a somewhat isolated youth, especially since his family frequently moved He spent hours alone creating imaginary characters in his mind It was in his teen years when the family moved to California, that he found acting Over the decades, he learned to harness his manic talents and became a household name to be endeared by all The author left me sadly wishing that Robin could absorb that his audience truly did love him.According to the author, Robin was actually a sweet and shy man known for his caring nature He was kind to people even while he fought his own darkness He met Christopher Reeve when they both were studying acting at Julliard Robin was politely asked to leave the school because there was nothing else that they could teach him His style of improv was simply too bizarre for his teachers to understand After Reeve s accident, Robin helped pay for his medical equipment He remained a loyal friend When the Reeve family went on their first vacation with Chris in a wheelchair, Robin joined them just to keep his dear friend s spirits from spiraling downwards as they often did.Robin was also consistently honest about himself While most celebrities go into a hospital for exhaustion, Robin was truthful about his demons Whether in his stand up acts or during interviews, he openly discussed his troubles with depression and addiction He eventually conquered his addictions, but his self esteem remained low throughout his life He thought of himself as an ugly man since he was not the epitome of a movie star Robin had hair tufts throughout his body He did indeed have a hairy body, which embarrassed him I couldn t help but think his insecurities over his looks were so adolescent But then again, in ways, the author shows that he never really grew up, preferring the company of children to adults Off camera, he could play with his child co stars endlessly If he was in the company of a five year old, he became five years old I confess, this reminds me of myself Personally, I find it delightful to be able to connect with a child on their level.He might not have seen himself as a handsome man, but women sure did He wasn t a faithful husband for two of his three wives There were too many female temptations around him He was a bit of a promiscuous player However, he was an excellent father to his three children After Robin s death, it was his adult children who insisted that it couldn t have been depression that caused their dad s suicide They are confident of this since they knew that even at his lowest he would never hurt them in any way They were all in constant contact with him, they adored him and he adored them What his fans learn via his family, is that in the months before his death Williams was diagnosed with Parkinson s He couldn t remember his lines while filming his last movie Can you imagine how this must have felt for a man with a photogenic memory However, not until the coroner s report, three months after his death, did we learn that he was actually suffering from a little known but deadly brain disease, Lewy Body Dementia LBD LBD is a neurological disease that is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson It was LBD that was causing his paranoia and confusion.The author s best writing moments are when he describes LBD symptoms The last year of Robin s life, the actor suffered from tremors, insomnia, impaired senses, and extreme anxiety He had difficulty reasoning and was often hallucinating When coherent, he told many that he was losing his mind Sadly, he was The disease was eating away at his brain Throughout all of this, Robin remained clean and sober while searching for a possible cure Reading how this gentle and sensitive man suffered put tears in my eyes Itzkoff wrote an in depth, impressively researched biography on the life of Robin Williams At times, I felt the book is packed with too much detail on his career There are dozens of pages with footnote citations I feel that the author was torn between writing a scholarly research paper or a compassionate book on the actor He tried to do both and I believe that he mostly succeeded.I received this Advance Review Copy ARC novel from the publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest review.Find all my book reviews at Goodreads Me Alone I am Reading Reviewing Martie s Book Reviews Although his films saturated my early 2000 s childhood, his voice gracing the warped audio on numerous VHS tapes, I wasn t what anybody might consider a Robin Williams fan I never understood why Mork and Mindy was so goddamned popular, I never liked the crudeness of his comedy in films such as Patch Addams, and although I liked Aladdin as a kid, it wasn t one of my favourites by any stretch of the imagination I guess what really brought me to appreciate Robin Williams was when I was in high s Although his films saturated my early 2000 s childhood, his voice gracing the warped audio on numerous VHS tapes, I wasn t what anybody might consider a Robin Williams fan I never understood why Mork and Mindy was so goddamned popular, I never liked the crudeness of his comedy in films such as Patch Addams, and although I liked Aladdin as a kid, it wasn t one of my favourites by any stretch of the imagination I guess what really brought me to appreciate Robin Williams was when I was in high school, buying new VHS tapes and coming across some of hisiconic and poignant films, such as Mrs Doubtfire, The Bicentennial Man and What Dreams May Come but what really showed me that his talent could extend to muchthan just comedy, that he had the ability for something much deeper and serious, was the first time I saw him in the 2002 film One Hour Photo, in which he played a very lonely and troubled photo clerk at an American chain store, a former victim of child pornography who never came to terms with his past, and a man who develops an increasingly dangerous obsession with a perfect suburban family who shop where he works It wasn t until the news of Williams death came out that I realized that this was probably the closest role he played to the depression he was hiding.This detailed and concise biography looks at the man behind the laughter, a pop culture icon of the 1990 s whose bizarre routines and stand up comedy acts had millions of people rolling on the floor From his early life and first roles to his struggles with depression and substance abuse but what this book features which is especially shocking is that Williams was suffering from a condition that the public really didn t know about, one so debilitating that as it progressed, it probably would have ended or at least severely limited his acting career Robin plants readers right back in the wacky atmosphere of earlier eras and the way the media industry was, and along with references to Williams various roles in film and television, it stirs up the perfect atmosphere of nostalgia and endearment, while raising awareness of the fact simultaneously that mental illnesses can strike anybody that while we often assume people like Williams are so wealthy, popular and superficially perfect that they could never be unhappy, beneath the glossy veneer of Hollywood glamour, there are things we don t see, or perhaps that we turn a blind eye to for the sake of keeping our role models as we want to see them it s easy to forget that beneath the slapstick gags of the lovable Mrs Doubtfire and the quirky, whimsical illusions of the big blue genie from Aladdin, there is still a human being just like any one of us.I was really surprised by this book it doesn t sugarcoat Williams life to make himpresentable to the public eye, but it doesn t defame him either, and it treats his troubled life and untimely death with tact and sensitivity Robin is a book which fans of Williams will undoubtedly want to read, but I d also recommend it to any pop culture buff, and any reader interested in the topic of mental health This book illustrates very well that illness is not always visible