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.”
Robin Williams’ children paid tribute to the late actor saying that “the world will never be the same” without him.
Among heartfelt tributes to her father, daughter Zelda Williams said: “One of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh.”
The 25-year-old actress added she would “never understand” how Robin Williams could “not find it in his heart to stay”.
Police in California confirmed that 63-year-old Robin Williams took his own life at his California home.
Marin County Sheriff’s Lt. Keith Boyd said Robin Williams had been treated for depression and killed himself by hanging.
Robin Williams’ eldest son Zak said in the wake of his death: “Yesterday, I lost my father and a best friend and the world got a little greyer.”
Robin Williams with former wife Marsha Garces, daughter Zelda and son Zak
Cody, the youngest child of Robin Williams, added: “I will miss him and take him with me everywhere I go for the rest of my life, and will look forward, forever, to the moment when I get to see him again.”
Robin Williams’ former wife, Marsha Garces, added to a tribute already made by his wife Susan Schneider.
“My arms are wrapped around our children as we attempt to grapple with celebrating the man we love, while dealing with this immeasurable loss,” she said, referring to Zelda and Cody.
Robin Williams was remembered on The Tonight Show on Tuesday night, on which he made numerous fast-talking, frenetic appearances starting with his debut in 1981.
Host Jimmy Fallon called Robin Williams “one of a kind – he was one in a million”.
Jimmy Fallon added: “He was the Muhammad Ali of comedy.”
Disney paid tribute to Robin Williams via Twitter with specific reference to his role as the genie in Aladdin, calling him a “true Disney legend and a beloved member of our family”.
“He was an incredible actor and a comic genius and will always remembered for bringing some of the world’s favorite characters to life,” they added.
Robin Williams was famous for films such as Good Morning Vietnam and The Fisher King and won an Oscar for his role in Good Will Hunting.