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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 24 July 1987Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameMara Elizabeth Wilson
Height 5' 0½" (1.54 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Mara Elizabeth Wilson was born on July 24th, 1987 in Los Angeles, California. She is the oldest daughter of Michael and Suzie Wilson with three elder brothers - Danny (b. 1979), Jon (b. 1981) and Joel (b. 1983) - and a younger sister Anna (b. 1993). When Mara was 5 years old, her eldest brother Danny started acting in television commercials and she wanted to follow in his footsteps. Her parents refused to let her act at first. After much persistence from Mara Elizabeth, her parents reluctantly agreed to let her give acting a try. She went on to appear in a number of commercials including those advertising Texaco and the Bank of America. She also appeared in "Mrs. Doubtfire" starring Robin Williams and Sally Field. In the role, Mara proved herself to be a talented young actress, who was mature for her tender years, and her acting career went from strength-to-strength as she quickly became a favorite among cinema-goers. The following year, Mara played a small girl whose mother had suffered a major stroke in "A Time to Heal". But her big break came with the remake of "Miracle on 34th Street" as the little, intelligent, cynical girl who learned the magic of Santa Claus. Ironically, Mara was not raised to believe in Santa Claus but this was a bonus in some ways since she was able to empathize with her character's stance that there was no Santa. At the age of nine, Mara was cast in the lead role in the film adaptation of Roald Dahl's book "Matilda". Sadly, during filming, Mara lost her beloved mother to breast cancer but she bravely pushed ahead with the film much to the amazement and admiration of her adult co-stars. Mara starred in three films over the following three years, the last of which was in "Thomas and the Magic Railroad". Unfortunately, the film did not do well in the American box office, but it did very well in the UK box office. This signaled an end to Mara's film career as she wanted to focus on school and to enjoy her teenage years. In June 2005, Mara graduated from Idyllwild School of Music & Arts and went on to attend New York University. In a March 2012 blog post, she revealed she has no desire to return to acting in films. Today Mara Wilson is a stage actress, a voice actress, a writer, and a playwright. She now lives a quiet life in New York City.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: anonomys

Trade Mark (1)

Her big hazel eyes.

Trivia (18)

Young Mara Wilson was first seen in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), where she was spotted by family movie writer/producer John Hughes, who chose her for an important part in his latest production, a remake of the Christmas classic Miracle on 34th Street (1994).
Mara graduated from Idyllwild Arts Academy in 2005.
Anna is 6 years younger than Mara.
Danny is 8 years older than Mara; the middle child Jon is 7 years older than Mara; Mike and Suzie's youngest son Joel is 5 years older than Mara.
She writes for "Publicolor".
Graduated from New York University.
She suffers from asthma and was in her high school's choir.
She can't wear jewelry because she's allergic to nickel.
Her brother Danny appeared in "Turner and Hooch" and "Police Academy 6", but he's now retired from acting.
She came out of retirement in 2012 to guest star on the popular web series, Nostalgia Critic (2007). The popularity of her cameo has since rekindled her popularity, as she has since appeared on Demo Reel (2012) and The Nostalgia Chick (2008), and has become good friends with Doug Walker and Lindsay Ellis.
In 2005 Mara graduated from John Burroughs High School.
She studied film at NYU. Mara guest starred as Bitty on the new popular web show "Missed Connection".
Expressed strong dislike for the Twilight (2008) series in an interview on Nostalgia Critic (2007).
In 2013, she wrote an article for Cracked.com in which she said (among other things) that when she was 7 years old, she attended the premiere of the Hugh Grant movie Nine Months (1995), and a reporter on the red carpet asked her for her opinion about Hugh Grant having been arrested for soliciting a prostitute.
Cousin of Ben Shapiro.
Currently attending New York University and studying acting. [September 2005]
New York, NY, USA: Writes plays, fiction and non-fiction, and maintains a blog. Mara is writing her first novel and hoping to break into young adult books. [February 2013]
Her father has Irish and English ancestry. Her mother was from an Ashkenazi Jewish family.

Personal Quotes (2)

[reflecting back on her film career] Imagine that when you were a child, you liked to finger-paint. It was a fun pastime, but it came easily to you, so you never took much pride in it. Regardless, you got a reputation for your finger-painting. Now imagine that, fifteen to twenty years later, people are coming up to you and telling you that they have your finger-paintings up on their walls and that your finger-paints changed your life. It's flattering, but you haven't finger-painted in years, and it seems like something you did a long, long time ago. You've realized you don't particularly enjoy getting your hands dirty and that there are other outlets for your creative urges. But people are adamant: are you going to finger-paint again? When? Wait, you're not? Why not? That's what it feels like.
I don't have any plans to pursue film acting. It's not my "thing" anymore, if it ever was. Yes, I do still act sometimes. But when I do, it's with people I know and trust, people who respect me as a person and appreciate what I have to offer. Yes, I love working in theater and have always loved voice-over, but pursuing a full-time live-action film career does not appeal to me. And no, you will not ever see me on "Dancing With The Stars". Sorry.

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