Marsha Garces Williams

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Marsha Garces Williams
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Williams at the 61st Academy Awards
Marsha Garces

(1956-06-18) June 18, 1956 (age 62)
ResidenceSan Francisco, California[2]
OccupationFilm producer, philanthropist
Years active1991–present[3]
Robin Williams
(m. 1989; div. 2010)
Children2, including Zelda Williams

Marsha Garces Williams[2][4] (born June 18, 1956) is an American film producer and philanthropist.[3][2][5] She is a former wife of actor and comedian Robin Williams.[3][5]

Early life[edit]

Marsha Garces Williams was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She grew up in Shorewood, Wisconsin and attended Shorewood High School.[6] Garces' father, Leon Garces, was a Filipino born in Ubay, Bohol who moved to the United States in 1929.[7][8] He later served in the United States Navy during World War II.[7][9] Her mother, Ina Rachel Mattila,[7] was Finnish.[8][10][11]

Personal life and career[edit]

Garces married Robin Williams on April 30, 1989, following the 1988 divorce from his first wife, Valerie. When the pair were married, Garces was already pregnant with Williams' child. Garces met Williams in 1984 when she was employed as a nanny for Williams' son Zachary. Previously, Garces was a painter working as a waitress.[12][13] Their romantic relationship began in 1986.[5] During their marriage, they had two children, Zelda Rae and Cody Alan, born in 1989 and 1991, respectively.[13] In March 2008, she filed for divorce from Williams citing irreconcilable differences.[3] Their divorce was finalized in 2010.[14]

After working as the family's nanny, Garces worked with Williams as his personal assistant on films such as Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) and Dead Poets Society (1989).[5][9][12] She was later the producer for several of Williams' films.[3][5][11] Together, they founded a film production company, Blue Wolf Productions, in 1991.[3] Garces Williams has been involved philanthropically with organizations such as Doctors Without Borders and Seacology.[3][5]




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  2. ^ a b c Loos, Ted (October 11, 2012). "What He Prefers: Staying at Home to Spin Gold". The New York Times.
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  4. ^ a b "Extinction Soup – Supporters". Sea to Sky Productions. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Clehane, Diane; Dagostino, Mark; Mikelbank, Peter; Orr, Andrea (April 14, 2008). "Robin Williams Surprise Split". People. 69 (14). Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  6. ^ Dudek, Duane (August 11, 2014). "Tears of a clown: My interview with the late Robin Williams". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
  7. ^ a b c "Funeral Notices – GARCES, Pantaleon Marciano Fernandez "Leon"". Tucson Citizen. March 15, 2002. Retrieved August 14, 2014. Born July 27, 1909 in Ubay, Bohol, Philippines, she immigrated to the United States in 1929
  8. ^ a b Lo, Ricardo F. (August 13, 2014). "The Robin Williams that I met in Tokyo". The Philippine Star.
  9. ^ a b "How Robin Williams remained close to Pinoy family even after divorce with Fil-Am wife". GMA News Online. August 12, 2014.
  10. ^ Giles, Jeff (August 11, 2014). "Robin Williams: Fears of a Clown". The Rolling Stones.
  11. ^ a b Nepales, Ruben V. (August 13, 2014). "Williams called ex-wife 'Finnipino'". Philippine Daily Inquirer.
  12. ^ a b Darrach, Brad (February 22, 1988). "A Comic's Crisis of the Heart". People. 29 (7). Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  13. ^ a b Hobson, Louis B. (September 20, 1998). "Through heaven and hell for Williams". He and Velardi never fully reconciled, and in 1984 the couple hired Marsha Garces, a young painter who'd been working as a waitress, to be Zachary's nanny.
  14. ^ Chaney, Jen (October 24, 2011). "Robin Williams and Susan Schneider reportedly wed". Washington Post. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  15. ^ "Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)". Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  16. ^ "Robin Williams: Live On Broadway". Retrieved August 16, 2014.

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