Mrs. Doubtfire is one of the most beloved family movies in history. It featured a winning combination of humor and heart, while tackling difficult topics like parental separation in a respectful way. It remains one of the most popular Robin Williams movies, a classic of more than one generation. While the film did cause a bit of a stir when it came out, with social critics blaming the movie for “forgiving” divorce, the film was still a hit. In fact, to this day it is considered one of the best films ever to tackle the issue of parental separation.
More importantly, however, it exhibited the humor and talent of its all-star cast and gave us iconic characters and moments that became a part of the pop culture landscape for good. Want to learn some juicy behind the scenes facts about the creation of this 90s classic? Read ahead!
1. There Was A Real Mrs. Doubtfire
The beloved film was based on a 1987 British novel written by Anne Fine, named Madame Doubtfire. The book was an early young adult classic, long before R.L. Stein and John Green turned the genre into a booming empire.
Fine wanted to find a way to discuss the effects of parental separation on children that was both emotionally profound and age appropriate. Fine got the name for the eponymous fictional nanny from a fur-and-clothing shop in her neighborhood, named Madame Doubtfire. She loved the old-timey sound of the name and decided to give it to her new character.