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Laughing through our tears: RIP, Robin Williams

08/11/2014 7:15 PM

08/12/2014 2:09 PM

Some celebrities touch us so deeply with their work that when they die it hurts like the loss of a family member. Robin Williams, who died Monday, was one of those actors.

There will be much said over the coming days about how and perhaps why he died. But his family has asked his fans to remember instead the way he brought us joy when he was alive.

So for now, let us remember how he made us roar.

But gosh darn it, it’s so hard to laugh through the tears.

He won a Golden Globe for “Good Morning, Vietnam.” Those words will ring in our head now for days.

Oh, the man could move, as he did in this scene from 1996’s “The Birdcage.”

Didn’t he look good in women’s clothing? We always wanted a nanny like “Mrs. Doubtfire.”

But Robin had his serious side, and those dramatic instincts helped him win his only Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in “Good Will Hunting” in 1998.

Robin and David Letterman together in September 2013? Priceless.

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