If there's one aspect to Robin Williams's personality that has come up time and time again in the floods of tributes that have poured in for him since his death, it is his bigheartedness.
Putting in calls to the Schindler's List cast and crew in character as the Genie from Aladdin and visiting sex shops dressed as Mrs Doubtfire, Williams was always trying to make people's day and cheer them up with his unique brand of humour.
Following his death, co-star Lisa Jakub (Lydia Hillard) has opened up about the time he was able to help her out, explaining in a blog post how Williams wrote to her principal after her school kicked her out just for taking a few months off to film Mrs Doubtfire and refused to have her back.
In the letter Lisa passed on to The Independent below, Williams scolds the school for its stance on the matter, evoking the world view of his character Sean in Good Will Hunting as he insists that "a student of her calibre and talent should be encouraged to go out in the world and learn through her work."
"She should also be encouraged to return to the classroom when she's done to share those experiences and motivate her classmates to soar to their own higher achievements," he adds.
Williams' pleas were ultimately unsuccessful, with the school not taking her back (though the letter was framed and hung in the principal's office, annoyingly), but the kindness Williams showed Lisa had a profound effect on her.
"Even though I had not spoken with Robin in a very long time, I always assumed there would be some future opportunity to tell him that his letter changed my life," she lamented.
"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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