One year ago this week, on August 11th, Robin Williams was found unconscious in his home and pronounced dead at the age of 63. As the anniversary of his death is remembered, fans and celebrities flooded social media to post and remember the late actor.
One memorable tribute came from his costar, actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, who played Williams’ daughter in the CBS sitcom “The Crazy Ones.” On Tuesday she posted a photo on Instagram of the Boston Public Garden bench featured in the Oscar-winning film “Good Will Hunting,” starring Williams and Matt Damon.
Gellar, best known for her roles in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Cruel Intentions,” included a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson.
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better wether (sic) by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded.”
“You succeeded RW,” she added.
The bench was the setting for one of the film’s most beloved scenes between Williams and Damon on the value of meaningful life experience. After his death last year, the bench became a makeshift memorial with fans scribbling quotes from the film in the ground.
Can you believe it’s been a year? What was your favorite Robin Williams movie?