Mara Elizabeth Wilson (born July 24, 1987) is a Jewish American former child actress and playwright, known for her roles as a child star, particularly Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Miracle on 34th Street (1994) and Matilda (1996). Mara Wilson was born in Los Angeles, California, to Michael Wilson and the late Suzie Shapiro Wilson. She has three older brothers, Danny, Jon, and Joel, and a younger sister, Anna. Suzie died from breast cancer in 1996 during the filming of Matilda and Michael remarried. "Matilda" was dedicated to Suzie's memory. In 2005, Wilson graduated from Idyllwild Arts Academy. She is a 2009 graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. In an interview she stated that she does not want to be a celebrity, although she did add that she was considering doing a small film, just not mainstream films. Mara Wilson explained that she quit film acting because she did not find it enjoyable, and prefers stage acting. Wilson had interest in acting at the age of 5. Wilson's film debut was in the 1993 hit Mrs. Doubtfire - based on the Anne Fine novel Madame Doubtfire, a sequel after Mrs. Doubtfire followed by the 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street.