Yesterday this Examiner had the pleasure of speaking with Lucinda Bennett, the younger sister of Robin “Big Sis” Matte. Fans of the Spike television show “Auction Hunters,” were very sorry to see her leave the show and the family had no idea how much she was loved by so many.
She agreed to let me conduct an interview with her and this is how it went:
What was the age difference between the two of you, and do you have any other siblings?
Robin was the oldest of the four of us and she also has an older brother from her father’s side named Robert Jr. but we sisters claim him as ours as well. She was two years older than Montessa who is 35, I am 32 and Fallon is 27.
Can you tell me about your relationship with Robin?
We had a very close bond and very protective of one another. We had a normal big sister/little sister relationship and we all got along. We were and are all close.
When Big Sis left the shop, she said she had to go to Milwaukee to close her father’s shop, was that true?
Robin was given three months to live and she knew she needed to come home to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to be with our sisters and to have cancer treatments from the doctor she used to see before she moved to California to pursue a career in comedy and acting.
How long was Robin a comedienne and was she always funny?
Robin has been a comedienne her whole life in the eyes of her family. She was known for cracking jokes, she had a quick wit, a sense of humor to envy and people were easily drawn to her. Her comebacks were so smooth that you would think she rehearsed them. She always made one want to hear more of what she had to say. She had a great personality and a laugh that was infectious.
How long was she in show business?
She moved to California and lived there for only two years before becoming associated with F.I.C.A. (Females in Comedy Association), being on the set of Operation Repo, America’s Court TV with Judge Ross, in a music video for an upcoming artist, appeared as a guest on radio talk shows, performed in several comedy shows (one of which was for actor/comedian Mike Epps’ headliner show.) She started hosting comedy shows and performing in front of crowds a few years after she was diagnosed with stage-four ovarian cancer roughly eleven years ago at the age of 26. She was given five years to live when she was first advised of the disease. The cancer went into remission only to return in her lungs in March of 2014 causing her death on May 12, 2014. She was receiving treatments at the time, but it was a very aggressive cancer.
Do you know how she came to work for “Auction Hunters?”
She found a casting company and they helped her get a few gigs such as “Auction Hunters.” The company was also working to get her work on the set of “Orange is the New Black.” She and Hollywood took to her like a moth to a flame. She made becoming a celebrity look easy. She just had that quality in her and those who hired her knew it immediately.
I understand the family was very upset about the incorrect reports about her untimely death.
Robin was surrounded by family and loved ones at the time of her death. We did not disclose her cause of death initially because we at first did not realize the love she had from around the world.
How has the family been handling her death?
We are still in mourning as it has only been six months since we lost a major part of our lives. We now realize that her fans need and want closure too, as they have fallen in love with her. I cannot tell you how thankful we are to her fans for loving her and it’s because of them that she will always live. I encourage you to look her up on Google, visit her fan page on Facebook and look her up on YouTube because there she will always be alive and healthy. When I watch her videos, I am so overjoyed that I seem to forget that she is gone. Please do not dwell on her death; but celebrate her life. She had a plan and she did not let cancer get in her way. I hope this cures the speculation of her committing suicide. Robin had a plan to go further in life and she wasn’t done. She just ran out of time. We miss her immensely and it is terribly hard to speak of her in the past tense. I would much rather be giving an interview about her “next show,” rather than telling about her last ventures. She is sorely missed. Robin’s brother Robert, along with my sisters Montessa, Fallon and I thank you all so much for loving and missing our sister. She will always be “Big Sis.” Robin loved life, she was proud of herself and we couldn’t be more proud of her. She is an inspiration to all her family, friends and fans. Thank you all for letting us know she was loved all around the globe and in the words of our beloved sister: “Thank you for being a friend.”