Mara Wilson is an American actress and writer, best known for her childhood roles in films such as “Matilda” and “Mrs. Doubtfire.”
Mara Wilson’s cinematic journey began with remarkable roles in family-oriented films. Her debut as Natalie Hillard in “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993) alongside Robin Williams made her a recognizable face. Subsequently, she appeared in “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994), a remake of the 1947 film, where she took on the role of Susan Walker. Her performance in “Matilda” (1996), an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved book, cemented her status as one of Hollywood’s most endearing child actors. Beyond her childhood roles, she transitioned to writing and has authored books like “Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame,” offering insights into the complexities of growing up in the limelight.
Mara Wilson has shared the screen with a diverse array of artists and public figures. She acted alongside Robin Williams and Sally Field in “Mrs. Doubtfire,” while her “Matilda” role had her collaborate with Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman, who played her parents. In “Miracle on 34th Street,” she was cast opposite Richard Attenborough and Elizabeth Perkins. As she transitioned to writing, she has also collaborated with notable authors and journalists. Although not as extensive as her early film collaborations, her work in this sphere has put her in contact with Caitlin Moran, John Green, and Jenny Lawson.
Mara Wilson’s performance in “Matilda” earned her a YoungStar Award nomination. She has also been a highly influential advocate for mental health and LGBTQ+ rights. Her book, “Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame,” received favorable reviews and resonated deeply with readers.