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NH woman met Robin Williams scouting for 'Jumanji'

To Charlene Joyce, Robin Williams was a man who lived vicariously through the characters he played — like when he took the time to take phone calls from children with cancer after completing the movie “Patch Adams”.

“He had a very, very hyper side with splitting humor, but he also had such a gentle soul,” said Joyce, of New Hampton. “I think one of the things that was most endearing about him was the great love he had for his children.”

The 63-year-old actor was known for his variety of voices and roles on both television and the big screen, including “One Hour Photo,” “Patch Adams,” “Good Will Hunting,” “King Fisher,” and the sitcom “Mork and Mindy.”

Joyce met Williams in the early 1990s when she began scouting locations in southwestern New Hampshire for the film “Jumanji.” Joyce then moved to Los Angeles to become a producer and ended up falling into the same circle of friends as Williams.

The last time the two met up in person was 13 years ago at Williams’ 50th birthday party.

“It’s all really kind of shocking,” Joyce said. “I heard it on television. My circle of friends in Los Angeles hadn’t had the chance to get to me yet with the news. I’m just speechless.”

Joyce said she had a typed letter on her computer asking Williams to be a part of her next project through her production company, CJ Willingham & Co. LLC. She was planning to send the letter to him within the next few weeks.

“I think he should be remembered as a brilliant actor who gave a lot to the world through laughter, despite his difficulties,” Joyce said.


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