The house was meant to be rented out in the off-season, but the realty company had to pay for weekly maintenance and repainting in order to keep the place looking decent. They also had to hire security to keep away the throngs of coconut-oil-smelling vandals. While the show was in production, maintenance duties fell to the show's producers, but that gravy train derailed years ago. Then again, the owners charge $2,500 for a one-night stay in this perfectly average home, so maybe they'll manage to get ahead after all.
The Mrs. Doubtfire House Had A Perpetual Shrine To Robin Williams In Its Yard
The world was stunned when we lost the paragon of childhood comedy last year. And naturally, fans felt the need to gather together to comfort each other through their shared loss. Unfortunately for one 79-year-old man, hundreds of them decided to band together outside his San Francisco home -- the house made forever famous for being visible for a few minutes in Mrs. Doubtfire.
On the news of Robin Williams' passing, fans gathered outside the home to pile heaps of flowers, pictures, and movie memorabilia in loving memory of their favorite wacky actor. The problem is that the piles grew so high that it became literally impossible to leave the house via the front door.
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Built-in zombie / Jehovah's Witness / Avon Lady deterrent, though. So, upside.
This year, the front door remained accessible, but heartbroken fans are still coming to scribble all over the sidewalk and rock garden instead.
Even the Smurfs were sad about Williams.
In spite of it all, the homeowner (who is a retired surgeon) has never said a single disparaging remark about the memorials and never-ending sea of fans. But how could he, right? You can't be the guy who says, "Walking out my door to a shrine for a beloved dead actor kind of blows sometimes, you guys" without immediately being branded an asshole for life. On top of everything, he had to deal with a disgruntled ex-patient of his setting fire to his garage, which is like the plot of one of the more upsetting Williams movies (you know, like Old Dogs).
By comparison, the Mork And Mindy house, and even Williams' own home, are left nearly completely alone.
Vietnam remains largely unchanged, too.
The obvious respect for the Williams family's privacy is a wonderful thing to behold. Maybe the same courtesy should be extended to the guy in the Mrs. Doubtfire house. There's always that bench in Boston.
Carolyn prefers to pester her favorite actors on Twitter.
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