Marge Simpson is a happy homemaker and mother of three. Her prides and joys are Bart (her "special little guy"), Lisa and Maggie. She's also very proud of her husband, Homer, even though he frequently loses his keys and needs her to find them. Marge also has strong relationships with her sisters, Patty and Selma, and with her father-in-law, Abe Simpson. But she also has secrets: She has been tempted to stray from her husband by a charming bowler and was nearly seduced into a life of crime by her one-time neighbor, Ruth Powers. Aside from her duties at home, Marge has flirted briefly with a number of careers ranging from police officer to anti-violence activist.
Emmy Award® winner Julie Kavner is the voice of “Marge Simpson” and her sisters, “Patty and Selma Bouvier,” on The Simpsons.
Two years out of college, Kavner began her professional career playing sardonic, overweight “Brenda Morgenstern” on the TV sitcom Rhoda. With her wry, sarcastic delivery, her raspy and unique voice, and her self-deprecating humor, Kavner has carved a niche as a likeable second banana, playing scrappy underdogs, working women and supportive wives in such films as Bad Medicine, Surrender and Awakenings; TV movies like No Other Love and Revenge of the Stepford Wives; and Neil Simon’s Jake’s Women.
A Woody Allen regular, she has acted in seven of his films, including Hannah and Her Sisters and Shadows and Fog, and is reputedly the only actress to play his mother (in Radio Days), his girlfriend (in New York Stories) and his wife (Don’t Drink the Water). Other film credits include Forget Paris, Dr. Dolittle, The Lion King 1 ½, the Adam Sandler movie Click and the worldwide smash hit The Simpsons Movie.
Kavner displayed her gifts for mimicry on The Tracey Ullman Show and Tracey Takes On with such diverse characters as a Soviet circus performer and a bisexual talent agent before she was cast in her first starring role as a funny cosmetics saleswoman and mother turned successful professional comedienne in Nora Ephron’s comedy This Is My Life. Kavner also shone in another prominent role as an extremely, if inadvertently, honest box-office analyst who becomes involved with a film producer, played by Albert Brooks, in I’ll Do Anything.
Her theater credits include God’s Heart at Lincoln Center, The Mineolla Twins, the two-character play Particular Friendships and The Vagina Monologues, which she opened in New York and Los Angeles.