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Robin Williams: A Biography

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Named the Funniest Person Alive by "Entertainment Weekly" in 1997, Robin Williams is one of the most popular screen actors today. This biography provides a detailed look at the comedian's life and career, from his poor-little-rich-kid childhood to his first big break to his battle with substance abuse to his recent successes.


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Named the Funniest Person Alive by "Entertainment Weekly" in 1997, Robin Williams is one of the most popular screen actors today. This biography provides a detailed look at the comedian's life and career, from his poor-little-rich-kid childhood to his first big break to his battle with substance abuse to his recent successes.

30 review for Robin Williams: A Biography

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    As much as his performances are overhyped, there's no denying that this guy had talent. Whether dressing as a little old lady in Mrs. Doubtfire, or showing the pain of isolation and loneliness in One Hour Photo, he always had something up his sleeve that viewers weren't expecting. Sadly he took his own life (he apparently had Parkinson's so I assume that's why), but his films still live on. This book captures two sides to his life: the comedic side people fell in love with, and the dysfunctional As much as his performances are overhyped, there's no denying that this guy had talent. Whether dressing as a little old lady in Mrs. Doubtfire, or showing the pain of isolation and loneliness in One Hour Photo, he always had something up his sleeve that viewers weren't expecting. Sadly he took his own life (he apparently had Parkinson's so I assume that's why), but his films still live on. This book captures two sides to his life: the comedic side people fell in love with, and the dysfunctional side hidden from the public.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Gallan

    i very much enjoyed this book...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brandi D'angelo

    This was an enjoyable read. I had no idea that Robin's mother was from New Orleans and that he was an athlete in high school- a runner and wrestler. He was such a talented and gifted performer. It's tragic that he died of suicide.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Campbell

    Only part of his life, but nice to read now.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Avery

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was published in 1998, and although it does delve occasionally into his drug & alcohol abuse and depression, it is more a review on his career, his ego, his womenizing and it is full of praises for his two ex-wives Valerie Velardi and Marsha Garces who supported him and tolerated his daliances. Passages in the book tell how he has finally beaten his vices and depression and all is well in his marriage to Marcia (we all know that he remarried again). The book portrays him as such a lovi This book was published in 1998, and although it does delve occasionally into his drug & alcohol abuse and depression, it is more a review on his career, his ego, his womenizing and it is full of praises for his two ex-wives Valerie Velardi and Marsha Garces who supported him and tolerated his daliances. Passages in the book tell how he has finally beaten his vices and depression and all is well in his marriage to Marcia (we all know that he remarried again). The book portrays him as such a loving father, it makes one wonder how he could leave them with the horrific memory of his suicide. Guess it was too dated to fully enjoy it - it certainly shows that even when you think all is well, there's always a new challenge lurking around the next corner. Genuis he was, and I will always admire him.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    It was great to get some insight into the life of Robin Williams. Would have been better to read an authorized biography but this was what I could find. There was a lot of repetition in the book and a lot of statistical talk about his movies. Overall though I think it was worth the read, I come away feeling like I understand him and appreciate him even more. Being very much a fan of film in general, I quite enjoyed the amount of detail that was written about the movies he worked on too.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Book starts off well enough about Robin's childhood but doesn't really dig deep into his methods or motivation. Ends up pretty-much being an extended review of each movie he'd made until 1997. I'm not even sure if the author interviewed Robin. Andy Dougan seems to be just more of a fan than anything.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Interesting book about a very funny and creative man. Author claims to have interviewed Robin over the course of four years, in addition to many other interviews with family, friends and co-workers. First publication is 1998.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shandi Leonard

    I loved robin in every film or comedy show that I seen him in and this book was no different. To know more about his life, his bringing up, his struggles and achievements was spectacular. This man will truly be miss by many. MUST READ!!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Celia Adams

    I've always been fascinated by Robin Williams and never really knew much about his background. Even though it was boring at times, I'm glad that I took the time to read this book.I appreciate him even more because of it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Annburnett

    I love Robin Williams but didn't really enjoy this book about him very much.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Heidi W

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michael S

  14. 4 out of 5

    Helen

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  16. 5 out of 5

    Summer

  17. 5 out of 5

    Vasanth Acharya

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bob

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dkolacinski

  20. 5 out of 5

    Leann

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brian King

  22. 4 out of 5

    Graysen

  23. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shelly (Michele) Smits

  25. 4 out of 5

    Eoghan Yore

  26. 4 out of 5

    De Morgenstern

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lovi

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tim Brown

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hes Tallman

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