When Mara Wilson was a little girl, Hollywood couldn’t get enough of her.
She was one of those child actors who seemed preternaturally mature. Her vocabulary was surprisingly expansive. She could carry on full-blown conversations with adults. And she appeared to be in full control of her emotions, bringing out the puppy dog eyes at just the right moment.
Interviewing Wilson on the “Today” show in 1994, Katie Couric declared: “Every time I see you in a movie, I just want to put you in my pocket and take you home with me.”
Wilson was just 7 then, but she’d already had memorable roles in a remake of “Miracle on 34th...