Julie Kavner

Julie Deborah Kavner (born September 7, 1950)[1] is an American actress, voice actress and comedian. She first attracted notice for her role as Brenda Morgenstern, the younger sister of Valerie Harper's title character in the sitcom Rhoda, 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. She also voices other characters for the show, including Marge's mother, Jacqueline Bouvier, and sisters Patty and Selma Bouvier.

Known for her improvisation and distinctive "honeyed gravel voice",[2] Kavner was cast in her first professional acting role as Brenda Morgenstern in Rhoda in 1974. She received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations for playing the character, winning the award in 1978, the year that the series ended. Starting in 1987, Kavner started appearing on The Tracey Ullman Show. The Tracey Ullman Show included a series of animated shorts about a dysfunctional family. Voices were needed for the shorts, and the producers asked Kavner to voice Marge. The shorts were spun off into The Simpsons.

Kavner has been described as "nearly reclusive"; part of her contract says that she will never have to promote The Simpsons on video. For her work as Marge, Kavner received another Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in 1992 and an Annie Award nomination for her performance as the character in The Simpsons Movie.

Typically cast as a "woman who is supportive, sympathetic or self-effacingly funny",[2] Kavner grew to dislike playing such roles. In 1992, she starred in This Is My Life, her first leading role in a feature film. Kavner has also appeared in live-action roles in six films written by Woody Allen and in the Adam Sandler comedy Click.

Julie Kavner
Julie Kavner 1974
Kavner in 1974
Julie Deborah Kavner

September 7, 1950 (age 69)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Actress
  • voice actress
  • comedian
Years active1973–present
Known forMarge Simpson in The Simpsons
Partner(s)David Davis (1976–present)

Early life

Kavner was born in Los Angeles, California, on September 7, 1950,[3] the second daughter of Rose (1918-2010), a family counselor, and David Kavner (1917-2016), a furniture manufacturer,[2] and grew up in Southern California. Her family is Jewish. She decided to pursue a career in acting because "There was nothing else I wanted to do, ever".[2] She attended Beverly Hills High School (which she later admitted she hated), where she was "something of a loner", and unsuccessfully tried out for several plays.[2] John Ingle, formerly the chairman of the Beverly Hills High School art department, later commented that Kavner was "excellent at improvisation, but she wasn't an ingenue and not that castable at that age".[2]

After graduating from high school, Kavner attended San Diego State University and majored in drama, being cast in several productions including a role as Charlotte Corday in Marat/Sade, becoming known for her improvisation and ability to do both comedy and drama. After graduating in 1971, she got a day job as a typist at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture.[2]


Early career

In 1973, Kavner auditioned for a role as one of Rhoda Morgenstern's sisters in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. David Davis, producer of the show, had convinced her to audition for the part, but decided to cast another actress instead.[4] A year later, Rhoda Morgenstern became the leading character in a spin-off called Rhoda. Kavner was cast in her first professional acting role as Brenda Morgenstern, sister of the eponymous character.[2] Rhoda ran on CBS from September 9, 1974, to December 1978. She received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for playing Brenda, winning in 1978.[5] She also received four Golden Globe Award nominations.[6] In 1975, she received Daytime Emmy Award nomination for her starring role in the daytime special The Girl Who Couldn't Lose.[7]

Following Rhoda, Kavner had a guest appearance on Taxi[8] and appeared in the 1985 comedy Bad Medicine[9] as well as the 1987 film Surrender, both of which were box office failures.[10] She appeared in the television movies Revenge of the Stepford Wives, No Other Love and A Fine Romance, and shot a television pilot.[2] She also starred in several stage plays, including a play called It Had to Be You[10] at a dinner theater in Canada, Particular Friendships in New York City in 1981,[11] and Two for the Seesaw, directed by Burt Reynolds.[10] Woody Allen first saw Kavner one night while he was watching Rhoda in the 1970s. He thought that she was remarkable and later offered her a role in his 1986 film Hannah and Her Sisters.[4] Kavner agreed, and credits Allen and the film with rejuvenating her career.[10]

Kavner was then cast as a sidekick to Tracey Ullman in The Tracey Ullman Show, which debuted on Fox in 1987. Kavner described the show as, "like being back in school, a chance to play a wide variety of characters, some really vicious people, to not rest on laurels, to not play it safe".[2] Kavner commented, "What I do is not mimicry or an impersonation, but more of an assimilation. [On The Tracey Ullman Show] we did a lot of looking at people to find out who to base our characters on. We did our homework on our lunch hour."[2] She received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Best Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.[5]

The Simpsons

Julie Kavner
Kavner in 2009

Kavner became most famous for her role as Marge Simpson on the animated television show The Simpsons, a show that continues to the present. The Tracey Ullman Show included a series of animated shorts about the dysfunctional Simpson family. Voices were needed for the shorts, so the producers decided to ask Kavner and fellow cast member Dan Castellaneta to voice Marge and Homer rather than hire more actors.[12][13] Kavner has what Hilary de Vries of The New York Times described as a "honeyed gravel voice".[2] Kavner says her distinctive voice is due to "a bump on [her] vocal cords".[14]

Although Marge is her most famous character, Kavner's favorite characters to voice are Marge's sisters Patty and Selma Bouvier because "they're really funny and sad at the same time".[15] Series creator Matt Groening instructed Kavner to voice the duo as characters who "suck the life out of everything".[16] Both have similar raspy voices, but Patty's voice is more masculine and has a lower register, while Selma's voice is a little sweeter.[17] Kavner also provides the voices of every other female member of the Bouvier family, including Marge's mother Jacqueline, Great-Aunt Gladys (a dead relative who was introduced on season four's "Selma's Choice"), and an unnamed grandmother seen on the season six episode "Fear of Flying".[17]

Part of Kavner's contract says that she will never have to promote The Simpsons on video and she rarely performs Marge's voice in public because she believes it "destroys the illusion. People feel these are real people."[15][18] Kavner takes recording sessions seriously, and feels that voice acting is "a little more limiting than live acting. And I have nothing to do with my character's movement."[19] Nancy Cartwright, who voices Bart Simpson, said in her book My Life as a 10-Year-Old Boy that Kavner is "a workhorse of an actor" with "extraordinary professionalism and quiet work ethic", and notes that she is rarely late for recording sessions.[20]

Until 1998, Kavner was paid $30,000 per episode. During a pay dispute in 1998, Fox threatened to replace the six main voice actors with new actors, going as far as preparing to cast new voices.[21] However, the dispute was soon resolved and she received $125,000 per episode until 2004 when the voice actors demanded that they be paid $360,000 an episode.[21] The issue was resolved a month later,[22] and Kavner earned $250,000 per episode.[18] After salary re-negotiations in 2008, the voice actors received approximately $400,000 per episode.[23] Three years later, with Fox threatening to cancel the series unless production costs were cut, Kavner and the other cast members accepted a 30 percent pay cut, down to just over $300,000 per episode.[24]

At the 44th Primetime Emmy Awards, Kavner received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for voicing Marge in the season three episode "I Married Marge".[5] In 2004, Kavner and Dan Castellaneta won a Young Artist Award for Most Popular Mom & Dad in a TV Series.[25] For her performance in The Simpsons Movie, Kavner was nominated for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature at the 2007 Annie Awards, but Ian Holm from Ratatouille received the award.[26][27] Kavner's emotional performance in the movie got positive reviews, and one critic said she "gave what must be the most heartfelt performance ever to find its way into a movie based on an irreverent cartoon".[28] Some scenes in the movie, such as Marge's emotional video message to Homer, were recorded over 100 times, leaving Kavner exhausted.[29]

Further career

Many of Kavner's roles have been described by New York Times writer Hilary de Vries as a "woman who is supportive, sympathetic, or self-effacingly funny".[2] Kavner grew to despise playing such roles, saying "If it smacks of Brenda Morgenstern, I won't take the job."[2] She had a supporting role as Eleanor Costello, a nurse who befriends Robin Williams' character in the Academy Award nominated film Awakenings.[30] Kavner interviewed several nurses in preparation for the role, and Penny Marshall, the director of the film, described Kavner as "a low-maintenance actor [...] You never have to worry about giving [her] back-story for her characters."[2] In 1992, Kavner starred in This Is My Life, her first leading role in a feature film. Kavner played Dottie Ingels, an aspiring stand-up comedian who starts neglecting her family when her career begins to take off. Kavner described Dottie as "really selfish" but admitted, "I liked the role for that very reason."[2] Kavner had been asked to play a character with a smaller role in the film, but Joe Roth, at the time the chairman of 20th Century Fox, suggested that they cast a lesser known actress in the lead role.[2] Nora Ephron, the writer of This Is My Life, said Kavner "has so little vanity that it is almost shocking. Not only does she have no demands as an actress - 'How big is my trailer, what's in my refrigerator?' - but she will do anything for the character if it makes sense to her."[2]

Kavner has frequently appeared in Woody Allen films, having roles in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Radio Days (1987), New York Stories (1989), Alice (1990), Shadows and Fog (1991), the television movie Don't Drink the Water (1994)[31] and Deconstructing Harry (1997).[32] Allen described her as "a naturally funny person. When she does a scene, you listen to her and look at her, and the prism through which it's all filtered is funny."[33] Kavner believes he is "a true filmmaker, one that has something to say, continually experimenting on different themes within his own film-making", adding that "anything [Allen] ever does, I always want to do, [...] I don't even have to read it."[34]

She has done voice-over work in films such as The Lion King 1½,[35] Dr. Dolittle[36] and an uncredited role as an announcer in A Walk on the Moon.[37] Her most recent live-action film was a role of the mother of Adam Sandler's character in Click.[38] She also worked with Tracey Ullman in the HBO sketch comedy series Tracey Takes On....[31]

Personal life

Kavner leads a private, "nearly reclusive" life, "discreet and guarded beyond the usual reticent star routine".[2] She rarely makes public appearances and refuses to allow herself to be photographed at work, especially in the studio while doing The Simpsons.[8] Her partner is retired producer David Davis; they have lived together since 1976.[4][8] In a 1992 interview with The New York Times, Kavner said she was considering retiring, "except for doing three days a year for Woody [Allen]", but felt that if she did retire, she would receive a script she wanted "to do more than life itself".[2]



Year Film Role Notes
1983 National Lampoon's Movie Madness Mrs. Falcone
1985 Bad Medicine Cookie Katz
1986 Hannah and Her Sisters Gail
1987 Radio Days Mother
1987 Surrender Ronnie
1989 New York Stories Treva
1990 Awakenings Eleanor Costello
1990 Alice Decorator
1991 Shadows and Fog Alma
1992 This Is My Life Dottie Ingels
1994 I'll Do Anything Nan Mulhanney
1995 Forget Paris Lucy
1997 Deconstructing Harry Grace
1998 Dr. Dolittle Female pigeon (voice)
1999 Judy Berlin Marie
1999 A Walk on the Moon P.A. Announcer
1999 Story of a Bad Boy Elaine
2001 Someone like You Furry animal
2004 Barn Red Unnamed character
2004 The Lion King 1½ Ma (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2006 Click Trudy Newman
2007 The Simpsons Movie Marge Simpson, Patty and Selma Bouvier (voices) Nominated - Annie Award for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Feature Production


Year Show Role Notes
1974–1978 Rhoda Brenda Morgenstern 110 episodes
1975 The ABC Afternoon Playbreak Jane Darwin Episode: "The Girl Who Couldn't Lose"
1975 Katherine Margot Weiss Goldman Television film
1975 Petrocelli Julie Episode: "To See No Evil"
1976 Bert D'Angelo/Superstar Episode: "The Brown Horse Connection"
1977 Lou Grant Alice Episode: "Housewarming"
1979 No Other Love Janet Michaels Television film
1980 Revenge of the Stepford Wives Megan Brady Television film
1980 Taxi Monica Banta Douglas Episode: "Tony's Sister and Jim"
1983 A Fine Romance Laura Prescott Television film
1987–1990 The Tracey Ullman Show Various characters 43 episodes
1989–present The Simpsons Marge Simpson, Patty and Selma Bouvier, additional voices Main role
1990 42nd Primetime Emmy Awards Marge Simpson (voice) Television special
1991 Sibs Julia Episode: "Honey, I Shrunk My Head"
1991 To the Moon, Alice Sitcom Producer Television film
1994 Birdland Madeline Diamond Episode: "Grand Delusion"
1994 Don't Drink the Water Marion Hollander Television film
1996 Jake's Women Karen Television film
1996–1999 Tracey Takes On... Various characters 10 episodes
2014 Family Guy Marge Simpson, Patty and Selma Bouvier (voice) Episode: "The Simpsons Guy"
2015 Late Show with David Letterman Marge Simpson (voice) Episode: "Final Show"

Video games

Music video

Theme park


Year Award Category Role Series/film Result
1975 Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Brenda Morgenstern Rhoda Nominated
1975 Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress – Television Brenda Morgenstern Rhoda Nominated
1975 Emmy Award Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Special Jane Darwin The Girl Who Couldn't Lose Nominated
1976 Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Brenda Morgenstern Rhoda Nominated
1976 Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress – Television Brenda Morgenstern Rhoda Nominated
1977 Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Brenda Morgenstern Rhoda Nominated
1977 Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress – Television Brenda Morgenstern Rhoda Nominated
1978 Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Brenda Morgenstern Rhoda Won
1978 Golden Globe Award Best Television Actress in a Supporting Role Brenda Morgenstern Rhoda Nominated
1987 Emmy Award Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program Various The Tracey Ullman Show Nominated
1988 Emmy Award Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program Various The Tracey Ullman Show Nominated
1989 Emmy Award Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program Various The Tracey Ullman Show Nominated
1990 Emmy Award Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program Various The Tracey Ullman Show Nominated
1992 Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Marge Simpson The Simpsons: "I Married Marge" Won
2004 Young Artist Award Most Popular Mom & Pop in a Television Series Marge Simpson The Simpsons Won
2008 Annie Award Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Marge Simpson The Simpsons Movie Nominated


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Revenge of the Stepford Wives

Revenge of the Stepford Wives is a 1980 American made-for-television science fiction-thriller film inspired by the Ira Levin novel The Stepford Wives. It was directed by Robert Fuest with a screenplay by David Wiltse and starring Sharon Gless, Julie Kavner, Don Johnson, Arthur Hill, and Audra Lindley. It is the first in a series of sequels inspired by the 1972 novel and the original 1975 film The Stepford Wives.


Rhoda is an American television sitcom starring Valerie Harper that originally aired on CBS for five seasons from September 9, 1974 to December 9, 1978.The first spin-off of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Harper reprised her role as Rhoda Morgenstern, a spunky and flamboyantly fashioned young woman seen as unconventional by the standards of her Jewish family from New York City.

Rhoda begins as the character decides to return to New York City from Minneapolis, where she soon meets and marries Joe Gerard (David Groh). Julie Kavner co-starred as Rhoda's sister Brenda, alongside Nancy Walker as their mother Ida Morgenstern.

The series was the recipient of two Golden Globe Awards and two Primetime Emmy Awards. Rhoda was filmed Friday evenings in front of a live studio audience at CBS Studio Center, Stage 14 in Studio City, Los Angeles, California.

The Tracey Ullman Show

The Tracey Ullman Show is an American television variety show starring Tracey Ullman. It debuted on Fox on April 5, 1987 (the network's second original primetime series to air following Married... with Children) and ran until May 26, 1990. The show was produced by Gracie Films and 20th Century Fox Television. The show blended sketch comedy with musical numbers and dance routines, choreographed by Paula Abdul, along with animated shorts. The format was conceived by creator and executive producer James L. Brooks, who was looking to showcase the show's multitalented star. Brooks likened the show to producing three pilots a week. Ullman was the first British woman to be offered her own television sketch show in both the United Kingdom and the United States.The show is also known for producing a series of shorts featuring the Simpson family, which was later adapted into the longest-running American scripted primetime television series, The Simpsons. The Tracey Ullman Show garnered Fox its first ever Emmy nomination and win; it was awarded a total of 11.

Rolling Stone ranked The Tracey Ullman Show as the #25 best sketch comedy show in its "40 Greatest Sketch-Comedy TV Shows of All Time" list.This was the first sketch comedy show to have a female star on Fox; the second was Party Over Here in 2015.

This Is My Life (1992 film)

This Is My Life is a 1992 film that marked the directorial debut of screenwriter Nora Ephron. The screenplay, written by Ephron and her sister, Delia Ephron, is based on the book, This Is Your Life, by Meg Wolitzer.

This Is My Life (Carly Simon album)

This Is My Life is singer-songwriter Carly Simon's 18th album, and 16th studio album, released in 1992 on Qwest Records. It is the soundtrack to the 1992 film This Is My Life directed by Nora Ephron and starring Julie Kavner, Carrie Fisher and Dan Aykroyd.

The single "Love of My Life" peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. Simon made a music video for the song, which featured a young Ben Taylor (Simon's son), along with clips from the film. The song has been included on several compilations of Simon's work.The song "The Night Before Christmas" was also featured in the Ephron directed 1994 film "Mixed Nuts".

Tracey Takes On...

Tracey Takes On... is an American sketch comedy series starring Tracey Ullman. The show ran for four seasons on HBO and was commissioned after the success of the 1993 comedy special Tracey Ullman Takes on New York. Each episode focuses on specific subject in which Ullman and her cast characters comment on or experience through a series of sketches and monologues.

Unlike her previous Fox show, Tracey Takes On... was filmed without a studio audience, on location, single-camera; instead of upwards of a hundred characters, the show focused on a steady rotation of nearly 20. "I wanted to do a show where you could get familiar with the characters, where I could express a point of view, where we could get controversial [...] I also didn't want to do a series where I had to do 22 or 26 episodes a year. I have two children and had a husband, and there are other things I'd like to do during the year. Ten shows is a good number, and HBO gives me a great (artistic) freedom," said Ullman in 1996. The only character to return from the original Tracey Ullman Show was Kay Clark, as Ullman was the sole creator. Former cast member Julie Kavner became a recurring guest star in the series.

In 2003, the character Ruby Romaine was spun-off into a potential television series for HBO. A pilot was filmed, but a full series was never green-lighted by the network. The pilot was aired as a comedy special, Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales.

In 1998, a book based on the series, Tracey Takes On was released.

Awards for Julie Kavner


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