The late star actor gave her a significant gift.
"Robin Williams changed my life," the Oscar-winning actress shared on her WhoSay and Facebook accounts Tuesday. "He was a great actor and a generous person. Through a scholarship, he made it possible for me to graduate college. His generous spirit will forever inspire me to support others as he supported me. He will forever be missed."
"Yes. I'm the first person in my family to go to college. We didn't have a lot of money, and Juilliard is a pretty expensive school," she said at the time. "Robin Williams is a very generous Juilliard alumnus, and gives a scholarship every two years to a student, and it pays for everything, and I got it. I still haven't gotten to meet him."
Juilliard posted its own message regarding the suicide of Robin Williams in a statement that read:
"The Juilliard community is deeply saddened by the death of our distinguished alumnus Robin Williams. Robin's genius for comedic improvisation, which quickly surfaced in his studies at Juilliard, was matched by his deep understanding of the actor's art and how to touch his audience in meaningful ways," the presitgious performing arts conservatory said in a statement to ET Tuesday. "He was a generous supporter of the School's drama students through the Robin Williams Scholarship, which supported the tuition cost of a drama student each year. His caring ways and effervescent personality will be missed by all who were touched by this special person."