|ROBIN WILLIAMS IN A SCENE FROM GOOD MORNING VIETNAM|
Monday was my day off so I spent it overeating, drinking, getting my hair done and assiduously ignoring the news. Which came back to bite me in an epic way when I logged on at 11 p.m. to find that comic legend and manic genius Robin Williams died of an apparent suicide at age 63 — while I was holding a frosty tumbler of Grey Goose; the tragic irony — after a lifelong battle with depression and alcohol addiction. During his decades-long career, he spoke openly and often about the fearsome pressures of fame and the coping mechanisms he and so many others turned to. It's not a world many of us can related to, but the fact that it has also seduced such monster talents as Philip Seymour Hoffman, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse and a less-recent list too long to even think of reciting should tell you everything you need to know. So very very sad. Words fail me. So if you'll excuse me, I'm going to take my leave so I can immerse myself in the happier memories of Robin Williams' greatness, that being, in my humble opinion, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Morning Vietnam and Good Will Hunting. Rest in peace, Robin. Our loss is heaven's gain.
EDITOR'S NOTE: It's pretty bad when The Mistress's forked tongue gets tied, so I'm going to take it from here and leave you with these nuggets of Robin Williams deliciousness to remember him by. You can also read this touching memorial for a recap of his struggles and his glories.
Good Morning Vietnam
Good Will Hunting