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Mara Wilson

Mara Wilson

American playwright and former child actor
Mara Wilson
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Intro American playwright and former child actor
A.K.A. Mara Elizabeth Wilson
Is Actor Internet personality Stage actor Singer Blogger Podcaster Voice actor Film actor Writer
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio Internet Literature Music
Gender female
Birth 24 July 1987, Burbank
Age 33 years
Residence Burbank, Queens
Peoplepill ID mara-wilson
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Mara Wilson (born July 24, 1987) is an American actress, screenwriter and author. Her best known roles as an actress include Natalie Hillard in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Susan Walker in Miracle on 34th Street (1994), and Matilda Wormwood in Matilda (1996).
Since retiring from film acting, Wilson is a writer.

Early life

Wilson was born in Burbank, California, on July 24, 1987. She is the daughter of Mike Wilson, a television broadcast engineer, and the late Suzie Shapiro Wilson, a homemaker. Wilson's mother was Jewish, and her father is of part Irish descent. She was raised Jewish and became an atheist when she was 15. She has three older brothers named Danny, Jon, and Joel and a younger sister named Anna. Wilson's cousin is political commentator Ben Shapiro. Her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer on March 10, 1995, and died on April 26, 1996, after the filming of Matilda. The movie was released after her death and was dedicated to Suzie's memory. After her mother died, Wilson lost some of her passion for acting.


Wilson became interested in acting after watching her oldest brother Danny act. Mara's parents refused to let her act, but they eventually reluctantly agreed to let her go into acting. After acting in commercials for Lunchables, Bank of America, Texaco, and Marshall's, Mara was invited to audition for the 1993 comedy film Mrs. Doubtfire and won the part of Natalie Hillard. This was followed by the 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street. In 1994, she had a recurring role as Nikki Petrova on Melrose Place and played Barbara Barton in the television film A Time to Heal.

Wilson sang "Make 'Em Laugh" at the 67th Academy Awards telecast on March 27, 1995, with Tim Curry and Kathy Najimy. In 1995, she won the ShoWest Award for "Young Star of the Year". Her performances in those films caught the attention of Danny DeVito and led to her being cast as Matilda Wormwood in Matilda. She then went on to star in A Simple Wish alongside Martin Short.

Wilson won a Young Artist Award for her role in A Simple Wish in "Best Performance in a Feature Film Leading Young Actress" and a Young Star Award for Matilda in "Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Comedy Film". She was twice nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor, for Matilda and A Simple Wish. In 1999, she played Willow Johnson in the 1999 Disney Channel television film Balloon Farm. Wilson auditioned for the 1998 remake of The Parent Trap, but she was considered to be too young for the role. In 1998 Wilson went to a table reading of What Dreams May Come starring Robin Williams, but she did not get the part. Her appearance in the 2000 film Thomas and the Magic Railroad was her last major film role to date. At that point, scripts were being sent to her so that she did not have to go to auditions. Before taking a 12-year hiatus from acting, she got the script for Donnie Darko but declined to audition for the film.

In 2012, Wilson appeared briefly in one episode of a web series called Missed Connection in the role of Bitty and made special appearances on internet review shows for That Guy with the Glasses — most notably a comedic turn playing an adult Matilda during a review of Matilda by The Nostalgia Chick, Lindsay Ellis. That year, when asked why she quit film acting, Wilson explained: "Film acting is not very fun. Doing the same thing over and over again until, in the director's eyes, you 'get it right', does not allow for very much creative freedom. The best times I had on film sets were the times the director let me express myself, but those were rare."

In May 2013, Wilson wrote an article for online magazine Cracked.com, offering her opinion of the delinquency of some former child stars. As of 2013, she works for Publicolor. Her play Sheeple was produced in 2013 for the New York International Fringe Festival. In an interview that December, Wilson stated that her film acting days are over, and that she is instead focusing on writing.

Wilson has a recurring role on the podcast Welcome to Night Vale as "The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home", as well as her own storytelling show called What Are You Afraid Of? Her goal is to turn What Are You Afraid Of? into a podcast. In 2016, Wilson made a brief return to television by appearing as a waitress on an episode of Broad City. She also voiced Jill Pill in season 3 of BoJack Horseman.

Personal life

Wilson went to the Idyllwild Arts Academy near Palm Springs, California, and graduated in 2009 from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. While at New York University she appeared in her own one-woman show called Weren't You That Girl?

When Wilson was 12, she was diagnosed with obsessive–compulsive disorder. Wilson has struggled with anxiety and depression. In 2015, she teamed up with Project UROK, a nonprofit organization whose mission to aid teens with mental illness. Wilson appeared in a video in which she talks about the mental illnesses she has experienced, including anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

As of 2013, she lives in Queens, New York, and is involved with New York storytelling and comedy.

In 2016, after the Orlando shootings, Wilson came out as bisexual in solidarity of the LGBT community.



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Mrs. Doubtfire Natalie "Nattie" Hillard Debut film
1994 Miracle on 34th Street Susan Walker
1996 Matilda Matilda Wormwood Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film
Won—Young Star Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Comedy Film
1997 A Simple Wish Anabel Greening Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film
Nominated—Young Star Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Comedy Film
2000 Thomas and the Magic Railroad Lily Stone Nominated—Young Star Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Comedy Film
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Melrose Place Nicole "Nikki" Petrova 5 episodes
1994 A Time to Heal Barbara Barton TV movie
1996 Pearl Samantha Stein Episode: "The Tutor" (Season 1, Episode 11)
1999 Batman Beyond Tamara (voice) Episode: "Mind Games" (Season 2, Episode 10)
1999 Balloon Farm Willow Johnson TV movie
2016 Broad City Waitress Episode: "Burning Bridges" (Season 3, Episode 8)
2016 BoJack Horseman Jill Pill (voice) 4 episodes


Year Title series Role Notes
2012 Nostalgia Critic Herself Episode: "A Simple Wish"
Nostalgia Chick Episode: "Matilda"
Demo Reel Donnie DuPre's wife (voice) Episode: "Lost in Translation (Bromance Version)"
Shut Up and Talk Herself Episode: "Guest: Mara Wilson"
Missed Connection Bitty Episode: "Bad Dates"
Filmed in 2011
2013 Welcome to Night Vale The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home Episodes: "26 – Faceless Old Woman", "31 – A Blinking Light up on the Mountain", "Condos", "The Debate", "49 – Old Oak Doors", "53 – The September Monologues", "The Librarian", "65 – Voicemail", "66 – worms..."
2014 Keith and The Girl Herself Episode: "2002: Boobs"
Nostalgia Chick Episode: "Nostalgic Foods of Yore"
Amy Poehler's Smart Girls Episode: "The In Too Steep Tea Party"
Maven of the Eventide Pumpktoberfest Vlogs, Episodes 5 and 12
2015 Keith and The Girl Episode: "2147: Gang Dick"
That's the Show with Danny Episode: "117: The One with Mara Wilson"
Gilmore Guys Episode 4.21
2016 Mouth Time with Reductress Ruth Hrorgen Mouth Time LIVE! With Mara Wilson


  • 1995 – ShoWest Award – Young Star of the Year


  • Cinderella (2005)
  • Weren't You That Girl? (2009)
  • What Are You Afraid Of? (2014)


  • Sheeple (2013)
  • Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame (2016)

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