‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ actress Lisa Jakub: 4 things Robin Williams taught me about life and living

Lisa Jakub may not be a household name, and she’s fine with that. An actress who was whisked into the Hollywood whirl at age 4 after being discovered at a farmers’ market, she spent many of her formative years in front of the camera in dozens of movies and TV shows, including 1991’s “Rambling Rose” and 1993’s “Mrs. Doubtfire.”

Then she walked away. “I think I had my midlife crisis at 22,” she told TODAY.com about quitting the business.

But before she packed it all up and retreated into a life more ordinary, Jakub (now a 36-year-old writer whose first book, “You Look Like That Girl” is out later this year) had some incredible experiences — including working with the late Robin Williams on “Mrs. Doubtfire.”

“I’m just about at the place where I don’t cry every time I talk about him,” she said. Now a grown woman, married with a dog and forging her own path, Jakub can look back and remember fondly what she learned from Williams — who was always more than just a wild and funny guy. Here are four things Jakub took away from their brief time together:

1. Williams always had her back.
Excessive absences from her Toronto-area school (for work) led to Jakub being considered a disruption and got the 14-year-old expelled while she was making “Doubtfire.” “I was upset and Robin asked me about it,” she recalled. “The next day he showed up at my trailer with a letter he’d written to the principal asking him to reconsider and let me come back to high school. In an industry where people are only in it for themselves, Robin was not like that. Robin had my back and that will always be precious to me.”

So did his plea on her behalf work? “The school framed the letter, hung it in the main office and did not ask me to come back,” she laughed. Read more..

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