Born in the Californian city of Burbank in 1987, Mara Wilson grew up with siblings Jon, Joel, Danny and Anna. Her mother Suzie was a homemaker but her father’s job was more connected to the field that she would later pursue. Indeed, Mike Wilson earned his keep working as a TV broadcast engineer.
But Mara wasn’t the first Wilson child to aim for a career in showbiz. Indeed, she only developed a passion for acting after seeing her elder sibling Danny in various TV ads. And despite her parents’ concerns, they eventually allowed her to chase her dream. By the time she was six she’d already showed up in commercials for Texaco, Bank of America and Marshall’s.
Of course, Wilson’s life would change forever in 1993 when she auditioned for a little film you might have heard of called Mrs. Doubtfire. The youngster immediately impressed studio bosses and she was subsequently given the part of Robin Williams’ youngest daughter Natalie Hillard. Incredibly, the movie racked up more than $441 million to become the year’s second highest-earning movie.