Marsha Garces Williams
Williams at the 61st Academy Awards in 1989
Marsha Lynn Garces

(1956-06-18) June 18, 1956 (age 67)
Occupation(s)Film producer, philanthropist
Years active1991–present[2]
(m. 1989; div. 2010)
Children2, including Zelda

Marsha Garces Williams[3][4] (born June 18, 1956) is an American film producer and philanthropist.[2][3][5] She was married to actor and comedian Robin Williams from 1989 to 2010.[2][5]

Early life

Marsha Lynn Garces was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She grew up in Shorewood, Wisconsin, and attended Shorewood High School.[6] Garces' father, Leon Garces, was Filipino and born in Ubay, Bohol; he 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

Garces married Robin Williams on April 30, 1989, following the 1988 divorce from his first wife, Valerie. Garces became pregnant with Williams' child late in 1988, and the pair were later married on April 30, 1989. Garces met Williams in 1984 when she was employed as a nanny for Williams's son Zachary. Previously, Garces was a painter and a waitress.[12][13] According to his first wife, the romantic relationship between Robin and Marsha began after they separated.[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.[2] 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's films.[2][5][11] Together, they founded a film production company, Blue Wolf Productions, in 1991.[2]

Garces Williams has been involved philanthropically with organizations such as Doctors Without Borders and Seacology.[2][5]




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