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Also Known As: Mara Elizabeth Wilson Died:
Born: July 24, 1987 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor

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When she was five years old, Mara Wilson saw her brother Danny acting in a feature film and decided she wanted to do that as well. Danny has since tired of acting, but Mara Wilson became one of the hottest kid actors of the 1990s thanks to her performance as the heavy-tongued, "Stuart Little"-loving youngest tot of Robin Williams and Sally Field in "Mrs. Doubtfire" (1993). Wilson, who hails from Los Angeles, acted in a number of TV commercials (including Oscar Mayer, Texaco and Pound Puppies) before earning her first "break" playing the daughter of Russian immigrants for whom Matt (Doug Savant) must care on several episodes of "Melrose Place" (Fox, 1993). She filmed a TV-movie, "A Time to Heal" (NBC, 1994), in which she was the daughter of a woman who has a stroke trying to give birth to her second child which aired after the release of "Mrs. Doubtfire", Wilson's third project. Her performance as the daughter of divorcing parents earned her much praise and attention. Wilson's lisping delivery might, on the surface, appear too cute, but combined with eyes which speak 1,000 emotions starting with pathos, the combination works. Wilson went on to star in John Hughes' 1994 remake of "Miracle on 34th...

When she was five years old, Mara Wilson saw her brother Danny acting in a feature film and decided she wanted to do that as well. Danny has since tired of acting, but Mara Wilson became one of the hottest kid actors of the 1990s thanks to her performance as the heavy-tongued, "Stuart Little"-loving youngest tot of Robin Williams and Sally Field in "Mrs. Doubtfire" (1993). Wilson, who hails from Los Angeles, acted in a number of TV commercials (including Oscar Mayer, Texaco and Pound Puppies) before earning her first "break" playing the daughter of Russian immigrants for whom Matt (Doug Savant) must care on several episodes of "Melrose Place" (Fox, 1993). She filmed a TV-movie, "A Time to Heal" (NBC, 1994), in which she was the daughter of a woman who has a stroke trying to give birth to her second child which aired after the release of "Mrs. Doubtfire", Wilson's third project. Her performance as the daughter of divorcing parents earned her much praise and attention. Wilson's lisping delivery might, on the surface, appear too cute, but combined with eyes which speak 1,000 emotions starting with pathos, the combination works. Wilson went on to star in John Hughes' 1994 remake of "Miracle on 34th Street", assuming the Natalie Wood role of a skeptical, even cynical, child who comes to believe in Santa Claus. It was almost two years before she was seen again in features, this time in the title role of "Matilda" (1996), a girl with telekinetic powers based on a Roald Dahl children's book. After a four year absence, she returned to the big screen playing Peter Fonda's pre-teen granddaughter in "Thomas and the Magic Railroad" (2000).

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Balloon Farm (1999) Willow Johnson
3.
 Simple Wish, A (1997) Anabel
4.
 Matilda (1996) Matilda
5.
 Time to Heal, A (1994) Barbara Barton
6.
 Miracle on 34th Street (1994) Susan Walker
7.
 Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) Natalie Hillard
8.
 67th Annual Academy Awards, The (1995) ("Make 'Em Laugh")
9.
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Milestones close milestones

1991:
Began career at age four; has made numerous TV commercials
1993:
Had recurring role on "Melrose Place"
1993:
Made feature film debut in "Mrs. Doubtfire"
1994:
Co-starred in TV-movie, "A Time to Heal"
1994:
Starred in remake of "Miracle on 34th Street"
1995:
Sang "Make 'Em Laugh" on Academy Awards telecast
1996:
Starred in "Matilda"
2000:
Had leading role in "Thomas and the Magic Railroad"
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Notes

"People always ask if I thought I was good in the movie and I say, 'Well, some people said I was, but really, how am I supposed to know?' I guess we'll just have to wait and see." --Mara Wilson in Los Angeles Times, July 26, 1994.

"I don't know if I'm always going to be acting. Maybe when I grow up, I will be a scriptwriter. I already have a few scripts in my head. But for now, I like acting, because it feels like I'm pretending. It's not exactly like playing ... because when you act, you can't say what you want to say; you have to say what [the director] wants you to say." --Mara Wilson in Los Angeles Times, July 26, 1994.

"[A] precocious cherub [with] an affecting melancholy side." --from Los Angeles Times review of "Mrs. Doubtfire"

"She's not some bubbly, effervescent kid. There's a little sorrow there." --Director John Hughes on Wilson, quoted in New York Post, November 17, 1994.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Mike Wilson. Broadcast engineer. Worked at KTLA-TV in L.A.; married Wilson's mother in 1976; born c. 1954.
mother:
Suzie Wilson. Married Wilson's father in 1976; born in November 1953; died of breast cancer on April 26, 1996.
brother:
Danny Wilson. Actor. Born c. 1980; appeared in "Turner and Hooch" and "Police Academy 6".
brother:
Jonathan P Wilson. Born in February 1981.
brother:
Joel D Wilson. Born in February 1983.
sister:
Anna B Wilson. Born in March 1993.
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