Wednesday, March 26, 2008

No Laughing Matter: Robin & Marsha Are Dunzo!

In sad news, the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that Marsha Garces Williams, wife of Robin Williams, has filed for divorce after 19 years of wedded bliss :(

Robin Williams and Marsha Garces Williams, married in April 1989, are splitting up. Garces Williams filed a divorce petition in San Francisco on March 21, seeking to end her marriage to Williams on the grounds of irreconcilable differences. She is in her early 50s; he is 56. They married soon after Williams' divorce from Valerie Velardi, to whom he had been married for 10 years. Williams' and Garces' daughter, Zelda, was born in July of that year; their son, Cody, in 1991. Williams and Garces met while she worked as a nanny for Zachary, born in 1983 to Williams and Velardi. Garces subsequently worked as personal assistant to the comedian ... Together they also created the Windfall Foundation, a non-profit that focuses on education, health, the environment and the arts. Garces has particularly been involved with Doctors Without Borders and Seacology; Williams with the Christopher Reeve Foundation (he was Reeve's classmate at Juilliard) and Comic Relief. Their house, in Sea Cliff, was the site of a variety of big-ticket fundraising dinners and cocktail parties, but also Halloween central for neighborhood trick-or-treaters ... Garces was not at Williams' side when he was honored by the San Francisco International Film Festival last spring, and amid reports of many sightings in Marin County, where he was said to have been living, rumors of problems have been rife for months. Garces' lawyer, Robert Kaufman of Beverly Hills, would provide no information.

What a bummer. It's always unfortunate when a couple splits up but this dissolution feels even more tragic when you consider the couple were together for 19 years. I understand that Marsha is going after spousal support and custody of their son Cody. Sad. [Source]