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Robin - Dave Itzkoff
Robin
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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 entertainers. From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy and his Academy Award-winning... show more
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 entertainers.

From 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 speed.

But 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 talent.

Itzkoff 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 more 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.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781627794244
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Pages no: 544
Edition language: English
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Biography
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5.0 Robin - The definite biography of Robin Williams
I’m not sure I would have ever bought this book. I don’t mind the odd biography, but Robin Williams wasn’t one of my favourite comedians. (Reminder to me to check on the latest Eddie Murphy and Chevy Chase offerings…) This was a Xmas gift from a friend who knows I am besotted with Dead Poets Society...
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5.0 Robin by Dave Itzkoff
This was a very complete look at Robin William’s life. It was overwhelming at times as I listened to this book as the narrator talked about everything Robin had done in his lifetime. I hadn’t really grasped how much Robin had accomplished in his life and the impact he had made until I listened to th...
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