Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

  • Highest Rated: 91% Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% National Lampoon's Movie Madness (1982)
  • Birthday: Sep 7, 1950
  • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • When the decision was made in 1974 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. With her performance in the 1986 film Hannah and Her Sisters, Kavner became one of the most prominent members of director Woody Allen's stock company, essaying very un-Brendalike roles in Radio Days (1987), the "Oedipus Wrecks" segment of New York Stories (1989), Alice (1990) and Shadows and Fog (1992). 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 1994 made-for TV adaptation of the famous director's play Don't Drink the Water.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

90% Woody Allen: A Documentary Actor 2011
No Score Yet The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: In 3D! On Ice! Actor 2010
88% The Simpsons Movie Marge $183.2M 2007
33% Click Trudy Newman $137.4M 2006
76% The Lion King 1 1/2 Mom 2004
No Score Yet Barn Red Susan 2003
77% Judy Berlin Marie 1999
No Score Yet The Story of a Bad Boy Elaine 1999
43% Dr. Dolittle Female Pidgeon 1998
73% Deconstructing Harry Hilly Block 1997
No Score Yet Neil Simon's 'Jake's Women' Karen 1996
50% Forget Paris Lucy 1995
44% Don't Drink the Water Marion Hollander 1994
61% I'll Do Anything Nan 1994
50% Shadows and Fog Alma 1992
38% This Is My Life Dottie Ingels 1992
75% Alice Decorator 1990
88% Awakenings Eleanor Costello 1990
No Score Yet The Simpsons: Family Therapy Actor 1989
74% New York Stories Treva $10.8M 1989
13% Surrender Ronnie 1987
89% Radio Days Mother 1987
91% Hannah and Her Sisters Gail 1986
No Score Yet Bad Medicine Cookie Katz 1985
0% National Lampoon's Movie Madness Mrs. Falcone 1982
No Score Yet Revenge of the Stepford Wives Megan Brady 1980

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
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  • 2011
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  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
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  • 1989
No Score Yet Tracey Ullman's Show
2016-2018
Performer
  • 2016
No Score Yet Tracey Takes On...
1996-1999
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
No Score Yet Taxi
1978-1983
Tony's Sister
  • 1980
No Score Yet Rhoda
1978
Brenda Morgenstern
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
  • 1974
No Score Yet The Tracey Ullman Show
1987-1990
Performer

QUOTES FROM Julie Kavner CHARACTERS

Dottie Ingels
Everyone in the world is only two phone calls away from everyone else in the world.
Erica Ingels
Like I'm only two phone calls away from J.D. Salinger?
Dottie Ingels
Oh, I'm sure you are.
Erica Ingels
Mom, I don't even think he has a phone.
Dottie Ingels
Sure he does. He dates.
Mother
[as she watches anti-aircraft searchlights with husband during a World War II black-out] It's so beautiful. Boy, what a world... it could be so wonderful, if it wasn't for certain people.
Mother
It's so beautiful. Boy, what a world. It could be so wonderful if it wasn't for certain people.
Narrator
Then there were my father and mother, two people who could find an argument in any subject.
Father
Wait, you think the Atlantic is a greater ocean than the Pacific?
Mother
No. Have it your way. The Pacific is greater.
Narrator
I mean, how many people argue over oceans?
Marge
What is the point of going to church every Sunday, when if someone we love has a genuine religious experience, we ignore it? Right Grampa?
Grampa
I want bananas on my waffles!
Marge
(about pig crap silo) It's leaking.
Marge
[about pig crap silo] It's leaking.
Homer
It's not leaking, Marge. It's overflowing.
Marge
He filled up the silo in just two days?
Homer
Well, I helped.
Marge
How did pig tracks get on the ceiling?
Homer
Spiderpig Spiderpig. Does whatever a Spiderpig does. Can he swing from a web? No he can't. He's a pig. Look out! He's a Spiderpig!
Rafiki
Hakuna Matata.
Timon's Mom
Ha-who-na ma-what-a?
Marge
How did the pig tracks get on the ceiling?
Homer
Spiderpig, Spiderpig, does whatever a Spiderpig does! Can he swing? From a web? No he can't. He's a pig! Lookout! He's the Spiderpig!
Homer
Spiderpig, Spiderpig, does whatever a Spiderpig does! Can he swing? From a web? No he can't. He's a pig! Lookout! He's the Spiderpig!
Marge
Ugh, it's leaking!
Homer
It's not leaking, it's overflowing!
Homer
It's not leaking, it's OVERFLOWING.
Marge
He filled up the whole silo in two days?
Marge
He filled up the whole silo in just two days?
Homer
Well, I helped.
Lisa
Oh come on now mom it's not like the government is monitoring everyones conversations.
Marge
(Whisper on Government Workers headset) I just think we should lay low till we get to Seattle.
NSA Worker
Oh my god it's them! (Screams) Hey everyone! We found them, the government actually found someone we're looking for! Yeah baby Yeah!
Marge
EPA, what could that be?
Comic Book Guy
I believe it was the sound the green alntern made when sinestro threw him into a vat of acid. EEEEEPPPAA!
Comic Book Guy
I believe it was the sound the green Alntern made when Sinestro threw him into a vat of acid. EEEEEPPPAA!
Marge
Yeah, thanks for coming over.
Comic Book Guy
Thanks for giving me your pregnancy pads. (Strechs pads over huge gut) Never known comfort like this. (Lets go and pad slaps against his stomach makig it jiggle)
Comic Book Guy
Thanks for giving me your pregnancy pads. [Strechs pads over huge gut] Never known comfort like this. [Let's go and pad slaps against his stomach makig it jiggle]
Marge
A thousand eyes.What could that mean?
Marge
A thousand eyes. What could that mean?
Grampa
I think a thousand...is a number.
Grampa
I think a thousand, is a number.