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A MEMORY THAT LASTS

How many times have you spent a Saturday night wondering what film listed among many in your TV guide would you chose? Drama? comedy? Maybe a thriller? You find nothing to catch your imagination. You shut off the TV, read the book you’re halfway through, or go to bed.

Last Saturday night up popped Mrs. Doubtfire (1993). A wife has filed for divorce from her husband, Daniel Hillard. The court has given her sole custody of their three kids, with the proviso he might get shared custody by finding a steady job and his own apartment within three months. Oh yeah?

Robin Williams plays Hillard who is desperate enough to see his kids by having his brother, a makeup artist, transform him into a 60-year-old woman complete with a shaggy wig and prothetics. It’s for an interview with Hillard’s soon-to-be divorced wife. Turns out she’s just the kind of nanny she’s been looking for.

Hillard had picked up from a newspaper heading which included ‘doubt fire’ when he needed another name.

Robin Williams totally blew us away Saturday night; one moment when Hillard, the off-the-wall husband as Euphenia Doubtfire bursts on the scene in full garb of an older woman as a Scottish-accented nanny.

Williams has done a variety of wonderful roles in Popeye, The World According to Gar; Good Morning, Vietnam and the Fisher King, to name a few.

And these box office hits: Jumanji, Good Will Hunting, Night in the Museum, among others.

Author’s comment: Catch any of these on television and you’re in for one hell of a heart-warming Saturday night look at someone who’s been called the funniest comedian of all times. Robin Williams died by suicide in August 2014, his ashes spread over the waters of the San Francisco Bay.

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