How Robin Williams’ Act Of Kindness When Filming Mrs. Doubtfire Changed His Young Co-Star’s Life

Lisa Jakub played the eldest daughter of Sally Field and Robin Williams’ characters in the classic film Mrs. Doubtfire. However there’s something that happened during filming that she never told anyone… until now.

After the death of Williams, Lisa wanted the world to know how her Mrs. Doubtfire co-star went out of his way to alter the course of her life.

As a young actress working on the hit 1993 movie, Lisa had to take five months off from school to film. The school shockingly decided that Lisa didn’t meet their standards and dismissed her. “My job meant an increased workload for teachers, and they were not equipped to handle a ‘non-traditional’ student. So, during filming, they kicked me out,” Lisa said.

“When I arrived at work the next day, Robin noticed that I was upset and asked me what was wrong. I explained what had happened, and the next day, he handed me a letter that he wrote to my school. He explained that I was just trying to continue my education while pursuing my career,” she wrote.

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“He wrote embarrassingly kind things about my character and my work, and requested that they reconsider and allow me to return to my classes.”

Despite Williams’ best efforts, she was not invited back. While she was disheartened at the time, Lisa believes that this one act of kindness from a monumental presence in her life, has had a lasting impact on the person she has become.

“But here’s what matters from that story. Robin stood up for me. He was in my corner. I was only 14, but I had already seen that I was in an industry that was full of back-stabbing. And it was entirely clear that Robin had my back.”

Lisa never had the chance to tell Williams the impact that moment had on her. However she wanted to share and express what Williams taught her.

“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.”

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