Robin Williams’ Mrs. Doubtfire Costar Mara Wilson: “It’s As If My Favorite Teacher Died”

Mara Wilson and Robin Williams
Mara Wilson, who played Robin Williams' youngest daughter in Mrs. Doubtfire, wrote about his death on her blog  20thCentFox/Courtesy Everett Collection

Mara Wilson was just 6 years old when Mrs. Doubtfire came out in 1993, but she has fond memories of her time filming the movie with Robin Williams. In a blog post on her website on Thursday, Aug. 14, the former child star paid tribute to the late comic actor, and explained why she hasn't yet shared any stories about him with the public. 

"Everybody grieves in their own way. When I heard about Robin's death, I was shocked, confused, angry, regretful, and above all, sad," Wilson, now 27, wrote of Williams, who played her father in Mrs. Doubtfire. "All I wanted was to talk to my family and friends and cry."

She was asked, she added, to do a few interviews about him with the press, but felt she wasn't emotionally prepared at the time. "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," she explained of his death on Aug. 11. "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." 

The two had not been in contact for a few years, but "there is no question he had a great impact" on Wilson's life, she blogged. "He was as warm and talented as everyone says," she added, "and a joy to be around. It's as if my favorite teacher died."

Wilson's costar Lisa Jakub — who played Williams' other daughter in the movie — also wrote about their onetime movie father this week, recalling his simple act of kindness after she was kicked out of her high school for going on location to film.

"Robin stood up for me," she shared. "He was in my corner. I was only 14, but I had already seen that I was in an industry that was full of back-stabbing. And it was entirely clear that Robin had my back."

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