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Julie Kavner



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: In 3D! On Ice!
  • Actor
2010
88% The Simpsons Movie
  • Marge
2007
32% Click
  • Trudy Newman
2006
No Score Yet The Simpsons' Christmas Message
  • Actor
2004
76% The Lion King 1 1/2
  • Mom
2004
No Score Yet Barn Red
  • Susan
2003
77% Judy Berlin
  • Marie
1999
43% Dr. Dolittle
  • Female Pidgeon
1998
71% 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
42% This Is My Life
  • Dottie Ingels
1992
77% Alice
  • Decorator
1990
88% Awakenings
  • Eleanor Costello
1990
No Score Yet The Simpsons: Family Therapy
  • Actor
1989
73% New York Stories
  • Treva
1989
13% Surrender
  • Ronnie
1987
88% Radio Days
  • Mother
1987
93% 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
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • Actor
100% Tracey Ullman's Show
2016
  • Performer

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