During the 29th Screen Actors Guild Awards on February 26, Sally Field received recognition for her outstanding Hollywood career.
Nevertheless, before approaching the stage to accept her life achievement award, the 76-year-old starlet paused to pay tribute to her late friend and “Mrs. Doubtfire” co-star Robin Williams.
Field was questioned about her part in the 1993 comedy smash with Williams, who played her ex-husband-turned-family nanny, on the red carpet as the event got underway.
She told reporters that when people think of the movie, “Robin comes to mind immediately.”
Ultimately, Robin was Robin. He was all he seemed to be: a kind, considerate, understanding, and very talented man.
Williams, who suffered from Lewy body dementia, killed himself in 2014.
Everyone, Field continued, missed him. He ought to be growing older like me, for the love of God. His absence bothers me greatly.
Field approached the stage to accept her own prize after the awards ceremony had begun and gave a speech on what it was like to be a part of the last of the surviving old guard in Hollywood.
“I’ve flown on wires and surfed in the ocean, travelled on horses, on waggon trains, and in fast automobiles,” the “80 for Brady” actress said while describing her decades spent in the film industry. “I’ve picked cotton, worked in a textile plant, and had a variety of personalities. I reared Forrest Gump, served as Mrs. Lincoln, Mrs. Doubtfire’s assistant, and Spider-Aunt. Man’s I have been fortunate enough to be a part of projects, to work on projects whose scripts were so excellent that my hands trembled the first time I read them, she added. I have acted in scenes while weighing 50 pounds in historical costumes, as well as when fully, partially, and completely nude.” Continued she. “Projects that had characters that were so deep and profound that getting to know and internalising them changed me. They allowed parts of myself to come out that I never would have known.”