She may have only been six years old when she landed her first movie role, but 1990s child actress Mara Wilson took to acting with aplomb despite her very tender age. Born in Burbank, California, on July 24, 1987, as a tot Wilson would watch her elder brother Danny perform. And soon enough, the younger Wilson felt like she was more than capable of acting too – and she was right.
After starring in some television commercials, it wasn’t long before Wilson had Hollywood movers and shakers beating a path to her Burbank door. With a cute but mischievous demeanor, Wilson proved to be one of the most requested child actors of the decade. And it all began with her debut role in a Robin Williams box-office smash.
Yes, it was of course the hilarious, yet poignant 1993 flick Mrs. Doubtfire, and Wilson played the memorably precocious youngest daughter of William’s “Mrs. Doubtfire.” The instant success of the film helped propel Wilson into the movie stratosphere, quickly leading to her next big role the following year in a remake of the festive favorite Miracle on 34th Street.