For anyone alive in the 90’s, it’s hard not to remember Euphegenia Doubtfire. The bumbling, crooning, and not to mention ridiculously clever doting Nanny and even more devoted Dad made and continues to make us feel elated, frustrated, sad, apprehensive, and nostalgic all within a two-hour time span. Along with making us laugh until we feared accidentally relieving ourselves, Mrs.Doubtfire / Daniel Hillard also reminds us that no matter how a family is arranged, love will always be the enduring force in the end.
As should come as no surprise, what made this film so memorable is what makes all other films with any sort of legacy memorable; its cast of characters. Although most often associated with the sporadic antics and incredible voice changes that could only have been carried out by the late Robin Williams, the heart of the film was undoubtedly also due to elements such as Sally Field’s on-point portrayal of the righteously dissatisfied spouse and Mara Wilson’s never ending capacity of cute.
Luckily for us and for the rest of the world however, each and every one of these individuals did not make enchanting the world an isolated incident. From continued and prosperous acting careers, to newly discovered passions for blogging and writing, or taking the traditional route of nonchalantly posing with a six pack, here are what 10 integral Mrs. Doubtfire cast members have been up to since good old ’93.
10 Sally Field – Miranda Hillard
Following the release of Mrs. Doubtfire, Sally Field once again took on a superior supporting role in 1994 as Tom Hank’s mother in Forest Gump. She then produced and starred in the television miniseries A Woman of Independent Means (1995). In the 2000’s, she went on to earn two Emmy Awards for her performances in ER (2001) and Brothers & Sisters (2007). In 2012, she co-starred alongside Andrew Garfield in the Amazing Spider-Man and Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln. Her most recent film, Hello, My Name is Doris, opened in March to rave reviews. Outside of acting, Field has served on the Board of the Sundance Institute and is a spokesperson for a pharmaceutical company that markets Boniva, a medication used to treat osteoporosis.
9 Lisa Jakub - Lydia "Lydie" Hillard
Despite her successful career as a child actor, including playing alongside Will Smith in Independence Day (1996), when she turned 22, Lisa Jakub “realized that there must be more to life than premieres and pretending to be other people” and “suspected that there was something outside of movies that would feel more authentic” to her. After moving to Virginia to marry her long-time boyfriend Jeremy, Jakub embarked on a quest to find out how to be a “normal person” and ending up reigniting her love for the written word.
8 Matthew Lawrence - Christopher "Chris" Hillard
7 Mara Wilson - Natalie "Nattie" Hillard
Following in the footsteps of her pseudo older sister, Mara Wilson also pursued writing after a fling with child stardom. She appeared in the 1994 remake of Miracle On 34th Street and starred as the girl with magical powers in Matilda (1996). She then took on various other film and television roles before deciding to focus on school. Wilson often expresses relief over her decision to quit acting, stating that she found auditioning “brutal and dehumanizing.”
6 Harvey Fierstein – Uncle Frank Hillard
5 Anne Haney – Mrs. Sellner
4 Pierce Brosnan - Stuart "Stu" Dunmeyer
3 Robert Prosky - Jonathan Lundy
2 Polly Holliday – Gloria Chaney
1 Martin Mull – Justin Gregory
Martin Mull can evidently not be tied down to a single trade. Along with his various guest and regular appearances over the years on shows such as Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Reno 911!, Arrested Development, Two and a Half Men, and Community, Mull is also an avid musician and artist. His paintings have been shown in exhibits around the world, and a select few appear in his 1995 book Paintings Drawings and Words. One such painting was used for the cover of the 2008 Joyce Carol Oates novel My Sister, My Love. He is currently married to singer Wendy Haas.
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