When Robin Williams passed away a few weeks ago, it was a sad day for Hollywood, as he was arguably one of the most gifted and unique performers our industry has seen this century. Not only was he an exceptional comedian who took risks that comedians like me only dream of taking, but he was able to cross over as a dramatic actor and garner critical acclaim for his diverse body of serious work as well.
The loss of Robin Williams was personally upsetting as well, not only because I was a huge fan of his work from the 1970s on, and not only because the cast of “The Big Bang Theory” was able to spend time with him as a member of the CBS family when his show first started on our network a few years ago, but it was personally upsetting because there are people in my life who suffer from the kind of mental illness that Robin Williams suffered from. It is truly tragic to hear that someone has lost his battle with mental illness.
I try to use my platform as a writer here at Kveller.com to take part in tikkun olam, or repairing the world, by sharing things I feel can help others. I never wrote about what it was like to get a divorce, for example, but I chose to write a four-part series exclusively for this website about the challenges of being a Jewish divorcee in hopes that I could give support, education, and resources to women who might be similarly struggling. I don’t believe actors should vomit their lives and feelings onto blogs simply because we can. It’s not my style and never will be. Read the rest of this entry →