Robin Williams' Personality Was Embraced by the Audience

Hollywood actor was able to touch the lives of his fans through his work.
2:28 | 08/12/14

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Joining us for more is Larry Hackett the former editor of "People" magazine, always a good friend of the program. You saw in Lara's piece, he was beloved by everyone in the Hollywood community. He really was. He was someone who was Hollywood royalty. You could tell by the reaction people had he will be unbelievably missed. We talk about genius and when someone dies unexpectedly everybody is beloved. This man truly was. You would watch him on television. My favorite of the talk shows with Carson and others, and you just strapped in and you just unbelievably were amazed by the associations he could make and you were laughing. Lots of people are funny but to be funny and see those kind of comic connections to reference Martha graham and Arnold schwarzenegger in one sentence was something to behold. It was and we were fortunate to be able to see it here on this program and people all across the world and this is when I love social media. Everybody was sharing their favorite movie and line. What do you think ultimately his legacy will be. I think an incredible joy and an incredible humanity. When something like this happens, you look back at that person's life but you also -- it's about your life. When you first saw "Mork & Mindy" or for my children when they saw "Mrs. Doubtfire" or "Aladdin." Everyone has their own permanent memory that informs their own life. There is nothing about the man that go joy and humanity and reaching out to the audience. He could be cynical and ironic and a bit cutting but never came from a place of hate or meanness. It was 40 years of celebration about what life was about. I can't remember who sent out a tweet so appropriate and said the man who made us laugh made us so happy couldn't find happiness himself and I think that's what really took people aback. Very familiar because he was very open about his addiction but not the depression. But it's what made him human, as well. Everything he did, all of his roles whether it was the kind of manic comedy or more serious roles you could just tell there was a humanity coming out of there and pain and suffering is part of that. It's part of comedy. We didn't know about the depression or the substance abuse. It was a shock when it happened but you just -- you know, he had surgery about six years ago and clearly affected -- open heart surgery and notions of mortality crept into what he was feeling. So an extension of that could be the suppression but it's not only tragic and horrible but perhaps makes him human and someone we can connect to. We will remember him with a big smile on our face. Absolutely. Larry, thank you very much for coming in. We do appreciate it.

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