Robin McLaurin Williams was born on July 21, 1951, and passed on August 11, 2014. He was an actor and stand-up comedian who was regarded as one of the best comedians of all time. His talent in improv and the wide range of characters he created on the spur of the moment truly brought him on the map. He has portrayed several personalities on film, in both dramas and comedies too. But did you know, at the height of his success, he gave back to the community by putting up a scholarship?
Robin Williams endowed a scholarship at his alma mater, Juilliard, that awarded a full-ride scholarship every two years. One of those honored was future Oscar winner Jessica Chastain, who became the first person in her family to attend college.
Who is Jessica Chastain?
Jessica Michelle Chastain was born on March 24, 1977, in Los Angeles, California. She is an actress and film producer and is best known for her roles in films with feminist themes. She has won several awards, including an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. Time magazine named her one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2012.
Chastain’s interest in acting began at a young age, and she made her professional stage debut in 1998 as Shakespeare’s Juliet. After studying acting at the Juilliard School, she was signed to a talent holding contract with television producer John Wells. She appeared as a recurring guest star on several television shows, including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She also appeared onstage in Anton Chekhov’s play The Cherry Orchard in 2004 and Oscar Wilde’s tragedy Salome in 2006. (Source: IMDB)
Jessica Chastain Expressed her Gratitude for the Robert Williams Scholarship
Jessica Chastain, a two-time Oscar nominee, credits the late Robin Williams with making it possible for her to study acting at Juilliard.
I am the first member of my family to attend college. We didn’t have much money, and Juilliard is an expensive school. Robin Williams is a very generous Juilliard alumnus who awards a scholarship every two years to a student that covers all expenses, and I was fortunate enough to receive it. I’m still waiting to meet him. Robin Williams had an impact on my life. He was a wonderful actor as well as a generous person. He made it possible for me to graduate from college by providing a scholarship. His generous spirit will always inspire me to help others as he helped me. He will be remembered for the rest of his life.Jessica Chastain, American Actress
(Source: Entertainment Tonight Online)
Jessica Chastain Awards
Chastain won an Academy Award for Best Actress for The Eyes of Tammy Faye and was nominated twice more for Best Supporting Actress for The Help and Best Actress for Zero Dark Thirty. She won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in her work in Zero Dark Thirty, and she has been nominated for six more awards: Best Actress in a Drama for Miss Sloane, Molly’s Game, and The Eyes of Tammy Faye; Best Supporting Actress for The Help and A Most Violent Year as well as the Best Actress award for a Miniseries or Television Film for Scenes from a Marriage. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes)