Sign In. Edit Julie Kavner. Showing all 33 items. They loved her, but felt she wasn't right for the part. When Rhoda was created, they knew they wanted her for the part of "Brenda". The role was written with her in mind. Will not allow cameras to film her doing the voices of The Simpsons characters. Is frequently cast in films by Woody Allen.
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This is a beta version of NNDB. She also voices Marge's chain-smoking sisters Patty and Selma, and their disapproving mother, Jaqueline Bouvier. Kavner was raised in California, but both her parents were from New York, giving her a naturally neurotic, Brooklynesque voice. She auditioned for a guest role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show , and although she was not right for that part, they wrote a role for Kavner when Valerie Harper was spun off to Rhoda in Kavner played Rhoda's pretty but insecure sister, and won her first Emmy in the role, in In the ensemble cast of The Tracey Ullman Show , Kavner first voiced Marge Simpson in short animated segments, while performing in-the-flesh in other roles. To perform Marge, she raises her voice an octave or so, and "roughens it up a bit. She says voicing The Simpsons takes about two half-days a week, about six to seven hours of recording to voice an episode.
Julie Deborah Kavner born September 7,  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 , 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",  Kavner was cast in her first professional acting role as Brenda Morgenstern in Rhoda in She received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations for playing the character, winning the award in , the year that the series ended. 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.
When the decision was made in to transform Rhoda Morgenstern Valerie Harper from frumpy kvetcher to desirable bachelorette on the TV series Rhoda, somebody had to inherit all those self-deprecating jokes told by Rhoda on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The decision was made to create a new character: Rhoda's pudgy, insecure younger sister, Brenda. The actress chosen for the role sounded as though she'd been a New Yorker since the womb, but in fact Julie Kavner was born and raised in California. A theatre student at USC-San Francisco, Kavner came to Rhoda with no professional experience, but before the series ran its course, she had won an Emmy for her portrayal. Kavner's regular stint as an ensemble player on the Fox TV network's Tracy Ullman Show led to her long-running assignment as the gravelly voice of Marge Simpson on the weekly animated series The Simpsons. Even as she continued to work on The Simpsons for the nex twenty years, she would make occasional big-screen appearances in projects as diverse as I'll Do Anything, Forget Paris, Judy Berlin, and Click. She also maintained an ongoing working relationship with Woody Allen appearing in Deconstructing Harry and in the made-for TV adaptation of the famous director's play Don't Drink the Water. Dottie Ingels says: Everyone in the world is only two phone calls away from everyone else in the world. Erica Ingels says: Like I'm only two phone calls away from J. Dottie Ingels says: Oh, I'm sure you are.