Julie Kavner

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

CREDIT
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
73% New York Stories Treva $10.8M 1989
13% Surrender Ronnie 1987
88% 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

CREDIT
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2019
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  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
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  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 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

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