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|Original title||Madame Doubtfire|
|Cover artist||Bob Lea|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
Madame Doubtfire, known as Alias Madame Doubtfire in the United States, is a 1987 English novel, written by Anne Fine for teenage and young adult audiences. The novel centers around a family with divorced parents. In November 1993, six years after its publication, the novel was adapted into Mrs. Doubtfire, a film starring Robin Williams and Sally Field.
Daniel and Miranda Hillard are separated and Miranda, a successful businesswoman, severely limits the amount of time Daniel, an impractical, out-of-work actor, is allowed to spend with their three children Lydia, Chris, and Natalie.
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.
Awards and nominations
- 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 directed by Chris Columbus, and written by Randi Mayem Singer and Leslie Dixon. 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 Mrs. Doubtfire.