Who is Mara Wilson?
Mara Elizabeth Wilson is an American writer and former actress, known for her roles in films such as ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ and ‘Thomas and the Magic Railroad’. She was born in Burbank, California in the US. She wanted to act from an early age though her parents did not support her initially. She first appeared in commercials, after which she auditioned for the comedy film ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ and won the role of Natalie Hillard. The film was a commercial success and reviews were mostly positive as well. In the ensuing years, she appeared in the children’s film ‘Matilda’ and the fantasy adventure movie ‘Thomas and the Magic Railroad’ where she portrayed one of the main characters. After appearing in a series of guest roles in numerous TV series, Mara Wilson retired from acting to pursue a writing career. As a writer, she wrote the play ‘Sheeple’ which was produced in 2013 for the New York International Fringe Festival. Throughout her career, she has been nominated for, and has won, several awards. She won the Young Star Award for her performance in the film ‘Matilda’ and received the Showest Award in 1995 for Young Star of the Year.
Mara Wilson began her acting career appearing in commercials for Lunchables, Texaco, Bank of America, and Marshall’s. In 1993, she auditioned for a role in the comedy film ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ and won the role of Natalie Hillard. Directed by Chris Columbus, the film did quite well commercially and reviews were mostly positive as well. It also featured actors like Robin Williams, Sally Field, and Pierce Brosnan.
She was next seen in the Christmas fantasy film ‘Miracle on 34th Street’, which is the fourth remake of the 1947 film of the same name. She then played a recurring role in the TV series ‘Melrose Place’ in 1994. The same year, she was also seen in the TV film ‘A Time to Heal’.
In 1996, she was seen in the children’s fantasy comedy film ‘Matilda’ which was directed, produced, and narrated by Danny DeVito, who also played one of the main roles. The film was based on a 1988 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. Wilson won the Young Star Award for her performance and was nominated for a Saturn Award and a Young Artist Award.
In 1997, she appeared in the fantasy comedy film ‘A Simple Wish,’ which was a critical and commercial failure. However, Wilson was nominated for multiple awards for her performance. In 1999, she was seen in another TV film ‘Balloon Farm’.
In 2000, she appeared in her last major role on the big screen by playing Lily Stone in the movie ‘Thomas and the Magic Railroad’. It was based on the children’s book series ‘The Railway Series’.
In 2016, she played a guest role in the TV show ‘Broad City’. She next played a recurring voice role in the animated series ‘BoJack Horseman’. She has also appeared in various web series.
As a writer, she wrote the play ‘Sheeple’ which was produced in 2013 for New York International Fringe Festival’. She is also the author of the book ‘Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame’ (2016).
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Mara Wilson was born on 24th July 1987 in Burbank, California, in the US. Her father Mike Wilson was a TV broadcast engineer while her mother Suzie Wilson was a homemaker. She has four siblings, a younger sister named Anna and three older brothers named Danny, John, and Joel. She was inspired to pursue acting after watching her brother Danny act. She was raised Jewish though she became an atheist at the age of 15. Her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995 and passed away in 1996.
She was diagnosed with OCD when she was 12. She has also suffered from anxiety and depression.
She came out as bisexual in 2016.