The correct way to say her name is "Marra", although she has admitted that since she was a child, several people have mispronounced it as "Mare-uh".
Mara beat out several young actresses, including Blake Lively (who gained fame several years later with her lead role in "Gossip Girl") for the role of Natalie Hillard in Mrs. Doubtfire.
Mara has listed Robin Williams, who played her father in the 1993 film Mrs. Doubtfire, as one of her biggest heroes in life.
In 2000, a notice of Mara's death appeared on www.imdb.com. It was later proved to be false.
Mara appeared in Thomas and the Magic Railroad in 2000, however, it failed at the box office and marked the end of Mara's childhood acting career.
When she was younger, Mara used to say that if she weren't an actress, she would like to be an author. "Sometimes I write little stories," she said. She is interested in writing fantasy and other types of fiction.
At the age of 5, Mara did her very first commercial for a Lunchables commercial. Her one line was "I'll share anything except the pudding!" When 9-year-old Mara appeared on The Rosie O'Donnell Show, she said "It never aired," and Rosie surprised her by playing a clip of the commercial.
In the past, Mara has indicated that Beverly Cleary and Bruce Coville are two of her favorite authors.
Mara played a girl with magic powers in the movie, Matilda.
Mara won the best performance in a feature film for her lead role in "A Simple Wish" at the Young Artists Awards in 1998.
Mara has appeared in many commercials such as Marshalls, Bank of America, Texaco, and Oscar Mayer.
Mara starred as the lead character in the production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" in 2005.
Mara's was first seen playing Natalie Hillard in the movie, "Mrs. Doubtfire."
Mara is close friends with Saiju George.
Mara won best performance by a young actress in a comedy film for her role in "Matilda" at the YoungStar Awards.
As of 2007, Mara lives in Burbank, California.
Mara is 5 feet 4 inches tall.
Mara is the daugher of Michael Wilson and the late Suzie Shapiro.
Mara's first Beanie Baby was Speedy the Turtle, which she got from a friend's birthday party.
Mara used to collect Beanie Babies.
Mara was raised in the Jewish religion.
Mara has a younger sister name Anna and three older brothers named Danny, Jon, and Joel.
In 2006, Mara started attending New York University and is studying acting.
Mara graduated from Burbank High School in 2005.
Mara's mother died when she was very young. She has very rarely discussed this tragedy in her life, and when asked about it, she often says "I really don't like to talk about that."
Mara: I have won a couple awards for different movies. That was good. I had to go up and make a speech which was pretty nerve racking. Once I was with some friends and I had my hands over my ears so that I couldn't hear - as I didn't think I stood a chance. But I won, I couldn't believe it.
Mara: I don't really have an idol who is an actor/actress. Harper Lee, Kay Applegate are some of my writer idols.
Mara: I'm not a big fan of pop, it's not really my thing. I don't really have a favorite pop group. My friend and I joke about being in a pop band, but it is only a jokey thing!
Mara Wilson: (about acting) I have other ambitions, eventually. I might keep going for a little while longer, but I don't think I'm going to do it when I grow up. Maybe, maybe not. Probably not. I was thinking of maybe writing, but I'm not sure yet.
Mara Wilson: Auditioning is just hard because there are so many other people there, and you think there's a very small chance you're going to get it. And you get really nervous, so sometimes you mess up because of that. A friend of mine once said to me, "You're so lucky you don't have to go on auditions anymore!" I would agree.
Mara Wilson: (about one of her most famous movies) My boyfriend has never seen Matilda, and I'm not so sure I want him to. He finds the whole thing sort of weird.
Mara: At school, some people say I'm a snob, others followed me around for a while, but mostly they don't bother me or don't care.