Mara Wilson on Her ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Dad Robin Williams: ‘It’s As If My Favorite Teacher Died’
Mara Wilson, who played the youngest daughter of Robin Williams in the classic film “Mrs. Doubtfire”, had given tribute to the much-loved actor, who died at the age of 63.
In her blog http://marawilsonwritesstuff.com/, Wilson wrote on Williams: “Everybody grieves in their own way. When I heard about Robin’s death, I was shocked, confused angry, regretful, and above all, sad. All I wanted was talk to my family and friends and cry. A few news outlets asked if I would be willing to talk about him on the air, and while I usually like interviews, I knew I wasn’t in a good place to do that. I still (a whole three days later) don’t want to do any. It’s too soon, and I need my own time to process it all. I will, however, be sharing some of my memories about him on this blog sometime soon.”
“While Robin and I had not talked in a few years, there is no question he had a great impact on my life. He was as warm and talented as everyone says, and a joy to be around,” Wilson wrote.
“It’s as if my favorite teacher died.”
Wilson, who is now 27 and a writer, was among the first collaborators who went to Twitter about Williams’s death, saying: “Very sad, very upset, very glad I did not have to hear about this though (sic) Twitter.” Wilson’s post has been retweeted over 2,500 times.
In the film, Wilson played Natalie Hillard, the youngest daughter of Daniel Hillard (played by Williams) who disguised himself as a nanny to be able to spend time with his estranged kids.
Shown in 1993, Williams’s comedy is regarded a film classic of the period. A film sequel is reportedly in development recently. However, with Williams’s untimely death, the sequel’s future is now uncertain.
Wilson, who began acting at age five, had high-profile films aside from “Mrs. Doubtfire”. This included films such as “Matilda” and the “Miracle on 34th Street”. However in 2000, Wilson left behind the acting world to have more time for her studies. She is now a playwright and occasionally works as a voice actress.
Other “Mrs Doubtfire’ co-stars have also given tribute to Williams, including actress Sally Field, who played his estranged wife Miranda in the film.
Williams, who died at his San Francisco home from an apparent suicide, has been suffering from depression. According to his wife, Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease.
Funeral arrangements for Williams have yet to be announced.