Julie Kavner

Actor, Typist
Deft comedienne who, two years out of college, began her professional career playing sardonic, chubby Brenda Morgenstern, younger sister to Valerie Harper's title character on the long-running TV sitcom "Rhoda" ... Read more »
Born: 09/06/1950 in Burbank, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (43)

The Simpsons 1989 - 2016 (TV Show)

Voice

Project Runway All Stars 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Simpsons Movie 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Marge Simpson (Actor)

Click 2006 (Movie)

Trudy Newman (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2003 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The Lion King 1 1/2 2003 (Movie)

Voice of Timon's Mother (Actor)

Judy Berlin 2000 (Movie)

Marie (Actor)

Tracey Takes On... 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Dr. Dolittle 1998 (Movie)

of Female Pigeon (Voice)

The Story of a Bad Boy 1998 (Movie)

Elaine (Actor)

Deconstructing Harry 1997 (Movie)

Grace (Actor)

Neil Simon's Jake's Women 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best of Tracey Takes On... 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Don't Drink the Water 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Forget Paris 1995 (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

Birdland 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

I'll Do Anything 1994 (Movie)

Nan Mulhanney (Actor)

Shadows and Fog 1992 (Movie)

Alma (Actor)

This Is My Life 1992 (Movie)

Dottie Ingels (Actor)

The Ice Capades 50th Anniversary Special 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Voice

Alice 1990 (Movie)

Decorator (Actor)

Awakenings 1990 (Movie)

Eleanor Costello (Actor)

Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Voice

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tracey Ullman Show 1986 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

New York Stories 1989 (Movie)

Treva (Actor)

Tracey Ullman Backstage 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Radio Days 1987 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

Surrender 1987 (Movie)

Ronnie (Actor)

Hannah and Her Sisters 1986 (Movie)

Gail (Actor)

Bad Medicine 1985 (Movie)

Cookie Katz (Actor)

A Fine Romance 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Taxi 1978 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

National Lampoon Goes to the Movies 1981 (Movie)

Mrs Falcone (Actor)

Rhoda 1974 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Katherine 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Girl Who Couldn't Lose 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

No Other Love (TV Show)

Actor

To the Moon, Alice (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Deft comedienne who, two years out of college, began her professional career playing sardonic, chubby Brenda Morgenstern, younger sister to Valerie Harper's title character on the long-running TV sitcom "Rhoda" (1974-78). With her wry, sarcastic delivery, her ethnic, raspy and slightly nasal whine and her self-deprecating humor, Kavner has carved a niche as a likable second banana, playing scrappy underdogs, working women and supportive wives in such films as "Bad Medicine" (1985), "Surrender" (1987) and "Awakenings" (1990), TV-movies like "No Other Love" (1979) and "Revenge of the Stepford Wives" (1980), and, of course, the animated sitcom, "The Simpsons" (1990- ), as the voice of Marge Simpson. A Woody Allen regular, she has acted in five of his films including "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986) and "Shadows and Fog" (1992) and is reputedly the only actress to play both his mother (in "Radio Days" 1987) and his girlfriend (in "New York Stories" 1989).

Kavner got to display her gifts for mimicry and improvisation as a cast regular on "The Tracey Ullman Show" creating such diverse characters as a Soviet circus performer and a bisexual talent agent before she was cast in her first starring role as a funny cosmetics saleswoman and mother turned successful professional comedienne in Nora Ephron's warmhearted domestic comedy "This Is My Life" (1992). Kavner also did well in another prominent role as an extremely, if inadvertently, honest box-office analyst who becomes involved with a film producer (Albert Brooks) in "I'll Do Anything" (1994).

Relationships

David Davis

Companion
together since 1974 met while working together on "Rhoda" born c. 1941 co-creator of "The Bob Newhart Show"

David Kavner

Father

Rose Kavner

Mother
counselor at UCLA

Nora Kavner

Sister
born on December 19, 1948 vice president of legal affairs for Columbia Pictures

EDUCATION

Beverly Hills High School

Beverly Hills , California

San Diego State University

San Diego , California

Milestones

2007

Reprised role of Marge Simpson for "The Simpsons Movie" an animated feature based on the long running Fox series

2006

Cast opposite Adam Sandler in the comedy "Click" directed by Frank Coraci

1997

Co-starred in Woody Allen's "Deconstructing Harry"

1996

Re-teamed with Tracy Ullman on the HBO series "Tracey Takes On..."

1995

Appeared in the comedy "Forget Paris" with Debra Winger and Billy Crystal

1994

Co-starred in the Woody Allen film "Don't Drink the Water"

1992

Starred in the Nora Ephron comedy drama "This Is My Life"

1990

Provides the voice of Marge Simpson as well as her two sisters Patty and Selma on "The Simpsons" (Fox)

1990

Played a nurse opposite Robin Williams in the film "Awakenings"

1981

Film debut in "National Lampoon Goes to the Movies"

1975

TV movie debut in "Katherine" (ABC)

1975

TV debut on ABC Afternoon Playbreak "The Girl Who Couldn't Lose"

1974

Was performing in an Equity waiver theater production in Los Angeles while working days as a typist at UCLA architecture school when David Davis asked her to read for role of Brenda Morgenstern on new TV series, "Rhoda"

1974

First professional acting work, costarring as Valarie Harper's sister Brenda Morgenstern on TV series, "Rhoda"

Raised in Burbank and Beverly Hills, California

Was a featured regular on "The Tracey Ullman Show" (Fox)

Bonus Trivia

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"I'm specific, I'm ethnic, whether Catholic or Jewish or whatever, and most parts are for the 22-year-old WASP girlfriend of the hero." --Kavner on her choice of roles (from NEW YORK NEWSDAY, February 3, 1994)

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