“It Seemed Only Natural”: Plastic Surgeon Owns “Mrs. Doubtfire” Home

The San Francisco owner of the "Mrs. Doubtfire" house says it's appropriate he lives in the home where the late Robin Williams' face was transformed on-screen from that of a divorced father to one of an elderly female nanny.

That's because Dr. Douglas K. Ousterhout, considered among the nation's top craniofacial surgeons, transforms the faces of transgender men and women to better match their gender identity.

"I turn boys' faces into girls' faces," Ousterhout said on Tuesday morning, outside the Steiner Street home in Pacific Heights. "It seemed only natural."

One of the 1993 hit movie's most memorable scenes shows Williams' co-star Harvey Fierstein, who played Williams' character's brother, transforming his face with a thick, gooey layer of makeup.

In the film, Williams portrayed a divorced father who crossdresses, fashioning himself as an elderly English woman, to become closer with his children. His character is not transgender.

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Dr. Douglas Ousterhout bought the home where the 1993 "Mrs. Doubtfire" movie was filmed.

Ousterhout said he wanted to buy the home shortly after the 1993 movie, but didn't because there were lawsuits filed stemming from the damage the home sustained during the filming of the movie.

He ended up buying it in 1997, describing it as "convenient" to his work in the Castro, a "nice bachelor pad," albeit "small."

The two decades that have passed since the film's release haven't discouraged the onlookers, though. "It's not a problem," Ousterhout said, though tourists stop by "all the time."

Ousterhout knew Williams briefly: He said one of his children went to school with one of Williams' children at San Francisco University High School.

Williams took his own life on Monday at his Tiburon home. He had been battling depression, his publicist said. [[270953801, L]]

"He was just a great person," Ousterhout said. "It's very unfortunate for the world, but particularly his family." 

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