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Overview (3)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameJulie Deborah Kavner
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Julie Deborah Kavner is an American actress. She first attracted notice for her role as Brenda Morgenstern, the younger sister of Valerie Harper's title character in the sitcom Rhoda (1974), for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She is best known for her voice role as Marge Simpson on the animated television series The Simpsons (1989). She also voices other characters for the show, including Marge's mother, Jacqueline Bouvier, and sisters Patty and Selma Bouvier.

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Family (1)

Parents David Kavner
Rose Kavner

Trade Mark (2)

Best known as the voice of "Marge Simpson" on the TV show The Simpsons (1989)
Husky voice

Trivia (12)

Born at 6:45pm-PDT
Went in to audition for a guest spot on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970). They loved her, but felt she wasn't right for the part. When Rhoda (1974) was created, they knew they wanted her for the part of "Brenda". The role was written with her in mind.
Graduated from San Diego State University, along with Carl Weathers, in 1971.
Made her first great personal hit in Los Angeles "Little Theatre" in Robert Patrick's "Cheep Theatricks" singing a mock-ecological song called "Don't Poison the Piranhas".
Attended Beverly Hills (CA) High School.
Will not allow cameras to film her doing the voices of The Simpsons (1989) characters.
Attended Camp JCA in Barton Flats, CA, for several summers.
Is frequently cast in films by Woody Allen.
Has lived with producer David Davis since 1976.
Daughter of David Kavner.
With the passing of Valerie Harper on 8/39/19, she is the last surviving regular cast member of Rhoda (1974).
She is a lifelong Democrat.

Personal Quotes (7)

I sound New York. I sound East Coast much more than a blonde person from L.A.
I was brought up not to be selfish or self-centered. So if you play somebody who isn't so lovable, you can play that person and no one will turn on you. I don't want to play that person in real life. Because then people won't like me so much.
Don't ask me about Beverly Hills High School. Everybody hated it. I hated it. Hated it. Hated it. Hated it.
I'm very, very private; I don't enjoy talking about myself to strangers. Particularly strangers with tapes going.
I have had friends for years who have never seen my house.
That's the joy of acting--you get to play people who are not you; you get to explore the dark, hidden sides of yourself.
When I was trying to come up with the voices for Patty and Selma I asked [James L. Brooks] what he wanted and he said, "They suck the joy out of everything".

Salary (7)

The Simpsons (1989) $250,000 -$360,000 per episode (2004-2008)
The Simpsons (1989) $400,000 -$440,000 per episode (2008-2011)
The Simpsons (1989) $400,000 /episode (2009-10)
The Simpsons (1989) $400,000 /episode (2010-11)
The Simpsons (1989) $30,000 per episode (1989-1998)
The Simpsons (1989) $125,000 per episode (1998-2004)
The Simpsons (1989) $300,000 per episode (2011-)

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