The Emmys were all about remembering Robin Williams and almost everyone who stepped on stage to present or receive an award took a minute to recall a fond memory of Williams.
Kathy Bates was no different and when she went on stage to receive her award, she had planned to dedicate it to Robin Williams. She was too nervous to do it on stage, but was able to share a memory of Williams backstage with US Weekly.
“I really wanted to say, ‘I won this time. This is for you,’” Bates said, before recalling a run-in with the comedian that had a huge impact on her.
“When I won my first major award for Misery—a Golden Globe—it was before cell phones, and I was waiting at a pay phone to call my mother afterward. And I didn’t have a quarter,” Bates said backstage, after her surprise win in the Outstanding Supporting Actress for a Miniseries or a Movie category for American Horror Story: Coven. “I turned around and asked if anyone had a quarter to call my mom. Robin stepped up and said, ‘Here’s a quarter.’ I never forgot that kindness.”
Magnificent Robin RIP. The Black Dog won the war. So sad. Thank you for the quarter you loaned me to call my mom at the '90 Globes.
— Kathy Bates (@MsKathyBates) August 12, 2014
She recalled another incident when she lost to Judi Dench at the Oscars in 1998, an award that Williams presented. “He came to me on the commercial break and said, ‘I really wish I could have read your name. Are you okay? I know what it’s like to lose,’” she shared.
Several other celebrities shared similar stories about Williams and his amazing kindness and ability to make people laugh.
Billy Crystal, a longtime friend and colleague of Williams, also honored Williams’s memory at the awards show with a special memorial segment that brought many people to tears.
Williams passed away earlier this month from suicide. He had suffered from anxiety and depression for years.