The Hollywood Reporter
Robin Williams‘ Life Celebrated at San Francisco Tribute Attended by Family, Industry Friends
4:28 PM PST 09/27/2014 by Chris Gardner, Mike Barnes
Hundreds turn out for a memorial to celebrate the actor’s legendary life
Family and famous industry friends of Robin Williams’ gathered to celebrate his legendary life Saturday in San Francisco, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The private tribute – held at the Curran Theatre – drew hundreds of guests and included music and video tributes as well as emotional speeches from Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Bobcat Goldthwait, Bonnie Hunt, Eric Idle, Admiral Mike Mullen, Williams’ three children, Cody, Zelda and Zak and his wife, Susan.
Stevie Wonder fronted the musical portion of the afternoon, paired with the Glide Ensemble and Change Band, which hails from Glide Memorial Church, a local San Francisco house of worship.
According to a rep for the late actor, other attendees included close friends, onetime co-stars and directors including Bette Midler, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, George Lucas, Penny Marshall, Danny De Vito, Rhea Perlman, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Gus Van Sant, Chris Columbus, Jeff Bridges, Minnie Driver, Marlo Thomas, Josh Groban, Seth Green, Eddie Izzard, Richard Lewis and Pam Dawber.
Following the tribute, guests headed to the nearby Westin St. Francis Hotel for a reception. According to sources, Zelda Williams, 25, is credited with organizing the majority of her father’s memorial.
Zelda had taken a hiatus from social media and joined her family in seclusion while they mourned. However, she recently tweeted, “I just want to say thank you for all the stories and letters I’ve been receiving, especially from those who’ve lost loved ones. I don’t come online often, but reading of others who have dealt with this loss & gone on to live happy, full lives is helpful. Truly.”
Williams was found dead inside his home in Tiburon, Calif., on Aug. 11 as a result of suicide. He was 63.