Born: June 18, 1971
Date of Birth: June 18, 1971
Born in New York City, Mara Hobel became a working actor at a young age. Her first television appearance was in 1979 at the age of eight, in the TV movie 3 by Cheever: The Sorrows of Gin alongside Sigourney Weaver. Her next role was in the TV movie A Family of Strangers (1980) with Danny Aiello.
Hobel's major motion picture film debut came when she landed the role of Christina Crawford in Mommie Dearest (1981) starring with Faye Dunaway. Her performance as the abused daughter of film star Joan Crawford earned her many accolades, including being listed as one of 12 "Promising New Actors of 1981" in John Willis' annual book, Screen World, and a nomination for "Best Young Motion Picture Actress" at the 1982 Young Artist awards.
She has also appeared in plays such as Moose Murders in 1983 at the Eugene O'Neill on Broadway. In 1986, she landed a role with Tony Danza in the TV movie Doing Life, filmed in Canada. She then played a role in the afterschool special, Seasonal Differences in 1987 alongside acting great Uta Hagen. Hobel played a guest role on Law & Order in 1992, and that same year, landed the recurring role of the young neighbor, Charlotte, on the TV series, Roseanne. In the afterschool special Summer Stories: The Mall (1992), Hobel played the role of Sarah in two of the three segments.
She did not do any more film work until Broadway Damage (1997), a light-hearted comedy in which she played the lead role of Cynthia, a spoiled, rich girl who strikes out on her own to make it big as a fashion designer in New York. In the comedy Claire Makes It Big (1999), Hobel played the lead role of Claire, an actress who is constantly overlooked in favor of thinner actresses, so she decides to do something about it.
Hobel runs an acting school for children in the suburbs of New York city. She and her husband Mark Furrer have a daughter, Autumn Hope Hobel-Furrer, born on October 6, 2000.