Cradling her Emmy Award backstage, Kathy Bates recalled a night years ago when she won an award and wanted to call her mother with the news.
It was before cellphones and she needed a quarter for the backstage pay phone.
Robin Williams dug out a coin and urged her to make the call.
“I never forgot that kindness,” she said after winning supporting actress in a miniseries or movie for “American Horror Story: Coven.”
Bates also recalled the night Williams, who died earlier this month, was there when she lost.
It was 1999 and Bates, nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actress, lost to Judi Dench. Williams handed out the award that year.
“He said, ‘I really wish I could’ve had your name in the envelope. Are you OK? I know how hard it is to lose,'” she said. “This is a special night for that reason.”
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