|Cover artist||Bob Lea|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
Madame Doubtfire, known as Alias Madame Doubtfire in the United States, is a 1987 British novel written by Anne Fine for teenage & young adult audiences, about a family with divorced parents. In 1993; 6 years after its publication, the novel was adapted into Mrs. Doubtfire, a highly acclaimed US film starring Robin Williams and Sally Field.
Daniel and Miranda Hilliard are separated, and Miranda, a successful businesswoman, severely limits the amount of time her husband, an impractical, out-of-work actor, is allowed to spend with their three children. When Miranda decides to hire a nanny, however, Daniel disguises himself as a woman and gets the job. The two eldest children immediately know who "Madame Doubtfire" is, but the youngest and Miranda are fooled. Daniel uses his disguise to spend time with his children. Miranda comments that the house has never been run better.
After Miranda discovers Daniel's secret — and after one more terrible fight — both parents admit to mistakes and make arrangements for Daniel to see his children more often.
- 1987 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize (shortlist)
- 1987 Observer Teenage Fiction Prize (shortlist)
- 1987 Whitbread Children's Book Award (shortlist)
The feature film adaptation was produced by 20th Century Fox, with a budget of $25 million, and was released on November 24, 1993. The adaptation was by Leslie Dixon and Randi Mayem Singer, and directed by Chris Columbus. Robin Williams played the eponymous character, and Sally Field played his wife Miranda. In the film, his disguise is so well-done that no one in his family recognizes him at first, the nanny and Miranda get very close. Greg Cannom, Ve Neill, and Yolanda Toussieng received the Academy Award for Best Makeup for creating it.