A Big Life: Encouraging Words for Those in the Entertainment Industry –
It was back in my early New York “extra” days and we were in a period piece. I wore red lipstick and had a ‘50s pony tail. It was a half day shoot in a tiny patch of green on the Upper West Side which by chance was right next to my apartment building. Normally I never walked in that unsavory little park at all. It was in the meridian and usually peopled with crack addicts who made me a little bit nervous. But with the film crew about, I felt perfectly safe and a little bit reckless. The sun was shining and the day was fierce and free and fun. I skipped confidently past the leading actor, silent in his shadow.
I was very, very young.
When delivered the news this summer about Robin Williams’ death, my gut response seemed a bit odd: I found myself wanting to say something to him. Of course my reaction was intellectually ridiculous. We may have occupied the same space on a set, but it wasn’t as though I knew him. And really, what could I have said? Robin had money and friends and was brilliantly comedic. I believe he even had faith. Yet he chose to end his life in his home at a time when someone who loved him was right there in the next room. There is nothing anyone could have said.
But what I can do is remember that sundrenched day with him as one that was especially joyous.
And I will.