Glenn Close opens up about the deep bond between her friends Christopher Reeve and Robin Williams.
The six-time Academy Award nominee talked about her friendship with the late, great Reeve. Close’s speech was made at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s 2017 gala at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City on Nov. 16.
“My first connection to Christopher Reeve was through Robin Williams when we were shooting ‘The World According to Garp’. It was the summer of 1982 and we were filming on [an] island,” she explained.
Close, 70, painted a picture of the lifelong friendship between the two legendary actors. “On Friday evenings, Chris would literally swoop in – hiring his own plane — scoop Robin up and away they would fly for the weekend,” she continued. “On Sunday late afternoon, Chris would swoop back in and deliver Robin back.”
“Those were the heydays for them both. They were on top of the world,” she said of their success. “They were living the fast and crazy life our business can hand to you if you become a wildly famous phenomenon practically overnight.”
And Close believes that deep bond would have saved Williams life, had Reeve not perished first. “Their friendship, their connection is the stuff of legend. It not only endured but became a life-giving force that sustained them both,” stated Close. “I am convinced that if Chris were still with us, Robin would be too.”
Reeve died in 2004, nine years after he was paralyzed in a horse-riding accident. Williams’ cause of death in 2014 was confirmed as asphyxia due to hanging.