Susan Schneider was the third wife and now widow of late actor Robin Williams.
Graphic designer Susan Schneider and Robin Williams tied the knot October 23, 2011, after two years of dating, at the luxurious Meadowood Resort in the Napa Valley town of St. Helena, California. The couple honeymooned in Paris.
Robin Williams said at the time, of Susan Schneider: “I’m the luckiest man in the world… Being with a comedian, living with a comedian, is like keeping a chimp for a pet. You know we’re kind of cute but after a little a while, (you get thrown out). So if you find someone who goes, <<OK I really like you>>, You go, <<You like me?>> She’s gorgeous and so sweet. Oh, she’s beautiful.”
Robin Williams was previously married to Valerie Velardi, with whom he has son Zak, and to Marsha Garces, with whom he has two children, daughter Zelda and son Cody.
Susan Schneider, now 51, met Robin Williams shortly before he had heart surgery in mid-2009 when she nursed him back to health at his California home.
Susan Schneider was the third wife and now widow of late actor Robin Williams (photo Getty Images)
She was trained professionally as a graphic designer and for the past two decades she has been passionate about painting and her works of art sell for a lot of cash.
She said she is mostly captivated by nature, emotions and the beauty of people.
Susan Schneider went on to pursue studies in graphic design during her college years. After a few years in the design program at UCLA she was eager to return to her native Marin County. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from California College of the Arts in 1989. She had the fortunate opportunity to work beside several prestigious Bay Area designers and ultimately began her own company.
Susan Schneider has not only served local schools with her design talents, but she has also helped raise funds by donating her paintings at school auctions. She developed and designed the fundraising brand “Can Do!” for the Dixie School District education foundation.
She completed the new design for the Miller Creek Middle School logo. She is a member of the Marin Catholic Patrons of the Arts wherein she assists with graphic design and with raising funds for the school’s arts program.
Through her business, Critical Eye Design, Susan Schneider continues doing design projects, primarily creating logos and identities. She is works on painting commissions, as well as developing her own work for exhibits.
Susan Schneider and Robin Williams’ residence was the actor’s house in Sea Cliff, a neighborhood in San Francisco, California.
Marsha Garces Williams is one of two ex-wives of late actor Robin Williams.
Robin Williams, 63, passed away on Monday, August 11, 2014, after apparently hanging himself with a belt. Marsha Garces and Robin Williams were married in 1989 and divorced in 2008. Robin Williams was previously married to Valerie Velardi. They met in 1976 when he worked as a bartender at a tavern in San Francisco. They have a son together, Zachary Pym “Zak” Williams, who was born on April 11, 1983. Marsha Garces met Robin Williams when she was working as a nanny for Zak.
Marsha Garces Williams was Robin Williams’ second wife (photo Getty Images)
The Filipino-American helped Robin Williams with his work, even being nominated for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special for Robin Williams: Live on Broadway along with others in 2003, according to IMDB. Marsha Garces, who was born on June 18, 1956 in San Francisco, is also credited as a producer on Jakob the Liar and Mrs. Doubtfire and executive producer on Patch Adams.
She also served as assistant to Robin Williams on Toys, Hook, The Fisher King, Dead Poets Society, and Good Morning, Vietnam. According to People magazine, their divorce stemmed from Robin Williams’ alcohol relapse in 2006 after 20 years of sobriety. However, longtime Robin Williams’ friend Richard Belzer clarified that the split was “amicable” as opposed to “a vicious, bitter thing”. Robin Williams appreciated Marsha’s support, telling People magazine before that “she’s amazing” and “makes it look effortless”. He also had good memories of Marsha’s family, telling the Philippine Inquirer several years ago that he picked up a Pinoy accent, and remembered Marsha’s father fondly. Robin Williams also said that the children he had with Marsha – Zelda and Cody – kept in touch with their Filipino side of the family. “Very much so, because of Marsha,” he said. “My ex-father-in-law, Leon, was amazing. They keep up with the Filipino part of my family.”
Susan Schneider, Robin Williams’ wife of three years, was sleeping in a nearby bedroom at the moment of his suicidal act, the police confirmed.
Robin Williams, 63, was not discovered until the following morning by his personal assistant, after Susan Schneider had left the house to run some errands, believing her husband to still be asleep.
During a police press conference earlier today, Marin County sheriff’s department Lt. Keith Boyd, said that Robin Williams had been last seen at around 10.30 PM on Sunday night by his third wife, Susan Schneider, at their home before she went to bed.
Susan Schneider was Robin Williams’ wife since 2011 (photo Getty Images)
It was not confirmed by the police that it was a normal arrangement for the couple to sleep separately, but the Lt. Keith Boyd said that Susan Schneider did not know what time Robin Williams had gone to bed, and his body was discovered in a separate room in the house.
Susan Schneider returned to the family home shortly after emergency personnel arrived at the house, where they pronounced Robin Williams dead at 12:02 local time. Police officials said that Susan Schneider was made aware of Robin Williams’ death prior to returning to their home.
Police would not confirm if a suicide note was found at the scene, but did say they were carrying out a toxicology report for which results could take up to six weeks.
Susan Schneider paid loving tribute to her ”husband and my best friend” saying: “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings.
“I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of the Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief.
“As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he game to millions.”