As heartfelt tributes came flooding in after the tragic passing of Robin Williams last summer, one thing became abundantly clear: Not only was he loved for his sharp wit and undeniable on-screen talent, but his off-screen nature and generosity touched the hearts of millions around the world. And now, as if you needed yet another reason to miss the inspirational hero, a letter that he wrote 22 years ago has emerged in which he tried to save the educational career of an aspiring actress.
Lisa Jakub starred alongside Robin Williams in the 1993 classic, Mrs. Doubtfire, as his eldest daughter, Lydia Hillard. After taking just a few months out of term time to film her role, the then 15-year-old actress was refused entry back to school once the shooting was completed. On hearing of the unfair treatment to his co-star, Robin Williams wrote to her principal in an attempt to persuade the school to rethink their decision.
Echoing the sentiment of his character in Good Will Hunting and that infamous park bench chat, Williams felt urged to stress the importance of young people getting out and experiencing the world for themselves in order to gain a full and well-rounded perspective on life, rather than just relying on textbooks.
Referring to Jakub as a 'bright and inquisitive' young lady who deserved to be given a chance to 'soar' to her highest potential, he added that,
"a student of her calibre and talent should be encouraged to go out in the world and learn through her work."
Check out the entire letter below:
Unfortunately Williams's efforts were unsuccessful, and although the school rejected his plea, they had the nerve to frame the letter in the Principal's office anyway - so cheeky!
Speaking after his death, Lisa Jakub commented that although the letter was rejected, it had a profound affect on her life regardless.
"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."
An excellent motto we should all live by, don't you agree? And to quote Robin himself,
"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world."
Source: The Independent