Since Hollywood’s inception, child actors and actresses have been a crucial part of the Los Angeles-based larger-than-life entertainment hub. While most of these stars chose to continue in showbiz in adulthood, we have seen many choose totally different careers in other fields of endeavor. Mara Wilson sits among the class of child stars who abandoned acting for other careers and she has proven that she can succeed anywhere.
Mara Wilson’s Bio (Age)
The ‘Sheeple’ author, who is professionally known as Mara Wilson was actually born as Mara Elizabeth Wilson, in Burbank, California, to Mike Wilson and Suzie Sharpio Wilson. Her mother gave birth to her on July 24, 1987, and later gave birth to her younger sister called Anna Wilson. Before Mara’s arrival, Mike, a TV broadcast engineer, and Suzie, a homemaker, had three sons named Danny Wilson, Joel Wilson, and Jon Wilson.
The American writer belongs to the Irish ancestry on her father’s side while her mother is of Jewish descent and raised her children Jewish. Suzie died on April 26, 1996, after battling with breast cancer which was detected on 10th March 1995.
Upon saying goodbye to the set, she immediately embarked on publishing memoirs as well as writing. As a writer, Wilson has been able to make meaningful impacts with her ideas, pen, and paper. As of 2013, she was working for the New York City-based nonprofit organization, Publicolor. It was in the same year, precisely in May, that she wrote a brilliant article for online magazine Cracked.com, sharing her views on some former child stars’ delinquency. Mara was further placed on the world map in the same year as her play, Sheeple was brought out for the New York International Fringe Festival.
Despite her decision to leave showbiz, each meeting with the writer usually reminds people of her superlative performances on both the big and small screen. Wilson scored her debut acting gig in the year 1993 in the film Mrs. Doubtfire, after which she made her first TV appearance in the soap opera, Melrose Place. Before her retirement from acting in the year 2000, she had starred in the following movies, Miracle on 34th Street (1994, as Susan Walker) Matilda (1996, as Maltida Wormwood), and Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2000, as Lily Stone) as well as in TV series such as A Time to Heal (1994, as Barbara Barton), Pearl (1996, as Samantha Stein), Batman Beyond (1999, as Tamara (voice), and Balloon Farm (1999, as Willow Johnson).
Despite announcing in December 2013 that she has quit acting, Mara Wilson shocked her fans when she returned to the screen in 2016, appearing in Episode 8 of the American sitcom Broad City. In the same year, she went on to voice Jill Pill in the adult animated comedy series BoJack Horseman. Her most recent work is Big Hero 6: The Series, wherein she voiced the character, Liv Amara.
Wilson’s net worth has been a subject of interest to her fans even though there are several conflicting reports on the exact figure. While some reported that her assets sit at $500,000, others claim her paycheck is much more attractive than the figures quoted. Nonetheless, the end point is that Mara makes a sizeable amount of money from her writing and recently acting again. We’ll be sure to pass the figure across to you once we substantiate the real value of her assets.
Height and Other Interesting Facts
1. Mara stands at a height of 5 Feet 1 inch or 1.54 in metric units and has a body weight of 56 kilograms or 123 lbs. Her dress size is 7 while her body measurements are recorded as follows in inches: breast: 34, waist: 25, hip: 30.
2. Her writing credits include ‘Sheeple’ (2013), and ‘Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame’ (2016).
3. The former child actress lives in Queens, New York.
4. On March 27, 1995, Mara alongside voice actress/actress Kathy Najimy and actor/singer Tim Curry rendered the song “Make ‘Em Laugh” at the 67th Academy Awards.
5. Her hobby includes writing, shopping, traveling, and reading.
6. In 2016, she confirmed on her Twitter page that her sexual orientation is bisexual, adding that she prefers the label ‘Queer’. She came out in the wake of the 2016 mass shooting at gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida.
7. When the Jewish-Irish-American actress/author was twelve years old, she was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder.
9. American political commentator/lawyer/writer Benjamin Aaron Shapiro, popularly known as Ben Shapiro is Mara Wilson’s maternal cousin.