They made all the difference.
She became well recognized after her roles in “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993), “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994), and “Matilda” (1995), but just after the filming of Matilda in the early 90s, a young Mara lost her mother after a long battle with cancer.
She was only 8 years old when her mother passed away, leaving a huge hole in her heart that time would never heal.During this grief-stricken time, post-production work for “Matilda” still needed to be done, something that Mara remembers as a positive force in an otherwise hectic life.
“Filming had wrapped, and it was about six months later, while we were doing post-production work when my mother passed away,” she told Parade in 2013.
The film “Matilda” was dedicated to Mara’s mother Suzie’s memory, and DeVito ensured Suzie would see Mara’s moment of fame, by showing her an early, special cut of the film while she was still in the hospital.
“I remember feeling, when I was part of Matilda, that it was nice because I could focus on that and I could focus on everything good that was going on in my life.”