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25 Years After 'Mrs. Doubtfire,' Robin Williams' On-Screen Daughter Reveals What He Taught Her

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Thanksgiving weekend 1993 brought with it quite possibly my favorite Robin Williams film of all time, and no, I’m not talking about “Aladdin.”

Genie in all his blue glory made us laugh in 1992, but a year later “Mrs. Doubtfire” stole our hearts. She certainly made us laugh as well, but she also made us think, cry, and hug the ones who mean the most to us in the world.

It’s been nearly 25 years since this heartwarming flick graced the big screen, but the story is as relevant today as it was back then.

Mrs. Doubtfire taught us lessons about life. She showed us that families come in all shapes and sizes and that a loving parent will do anything to be with their kids.

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The actors and actresses on set learned a thing or two from the man behind the iconic housekeeper, too. Now several of them have reunited to celebrate 25 years of success for the ’90s classic.

While fans will have to wait until November to see the reunion on the “TODAY” Show, the news outlet gave us a little preview of the fun.

Sadly, Sally Field and Robin Williams were not present for the event. Even 5 years later, we’re still heartbroken over Williams’ passing.

But his legacy lives on through the lives he impacted. His on-screen daughter Lisa Jakub, who played Lydia in the film, reminisced about her time on set with the actor.

“I learned so much from Robin,” she told “TODAY.” “I learned things about life, I learned how to be in the moment.”

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“One of the things that made Robin so brilliant at what he did was, as an actor, as a performer, he was present,” she added.

Jakub went on to share how Williams was open and authentic with her, even at the age of 14. He told her about his struggles with addiction and depression.

“I really appreciated that,” she said. “I have dealt with depression, and I have anxiety.” Jakub explained that Williams’ openness “inspired” her to “talk openly” about mental health.

According to Mental Health America, one in five adults is affected by a mental health condition. By talking about these issues, like Jakub says Williams’ inspired her to do, we can remove the “stigma,” as Jakub says, and really start to make a change for the better.

You can catch Jakub, Pierce Brosnan, Matthew Lawrence and Mara Wilson together again on NBC next month.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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Arizona
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English
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