Robin Williams has been the subject of warm tributes from every corner of Hollywood. Now, his on-screen daughter is speaking out about how he changed her life.
When Lisa Jakub signed on to play Williams's teenage daughter in Mrs. Doubtfire, her high school kicked her out because "they were not equipped to handle a 'non-traditional' student," she wrote in a blog post. Williams noticed she was upset, and once she told him her situation, he took action. He wrote an official letter (on Mrs. Doubtfire letterhead!) to the school, which read, in part:
"I respectfully request that you reconsider your policy and allow Lisa the opportunity to work and attend school. She is an asset to any classroom."
According to Jakub, the school framed the letter, but still didn't let her back. She writes:
But here's what matters from that story. Robin stood up for me. He was in my corner. I was only 14, but I had already seen that I was in an industry that was full of back-stabbing. And it was entirely clear that Robin had my back.
I know I said thank you at the time and I'm sure I wrote one of those stiff thank you notes that 14-year-olds write with slanting lines and spelling mistakes. But that all seems so insufficient now.
Even though I had not spoken with Robin in a very long time, I always assumed there would be some future opportunity to tell him that his letter changed my life. It taught me that you stand up for the things that matter. And even if your attempts fail, you tried. You told the truth. You took care of your friends. You fought back.
You can read Jakub's full blog post here. She's working on a memoir about her life as a child star, which will be released next fall.
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