Author Anne Fine has paid tribute to actor Robin Williams who brought her character Mrs Doubtfire to life.
Oscar-winning actor Mr Williams, who died yesterday in a suspected suicide, played the role of a divorcee who dresses up as an aged nanny in a bid to see his children in the 1993 smash hit film.
Mrs Fine OBE, is patron of the Calibre Audio Library in Weston Turville, which provides audio books for blind people.
And she said that although she missed out on an opportunity to meet the star, she will be forever grateful to him for bringing her madcap character (named Madame Doubtfire in the book) to life.
She said: “I was as sorry as everyone else to hear the really sad news of Robin Williams’ death.
“The man was a stunningly talented performer, and brought so much amusement and joy to so many over the years that it seems particularly sad he was unhappy enough to take his own life.
“Depression is such a grim business, and sometimes it seems that comedians are the least immune to it.”
She added: “Though he made such a successful film of my novel Madame Doubtfire, I myself never met him.
“The one opportunity I had fell on the same night as a commitment to talk to two hundred librarians. But I did reach my mother’s house in time to watch him on that chat show, and admit I was relieved not to have been there.
“Robin was being so dementedly funny that I would have been sitting like an idiot at the end of the sofa with nothing to say.
“My thoughts and sympathies, like those of everyone else, are with his family.”