BIO: Julie Kavner

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By Jason Matthews

 

Julie Kavner won an Emmy Award in 1992 for her voice-over work as Marge Simpson and her sisters, Patty and Selma Bouvier, on FOX's historic, multi-Emmy Award-winning series THE SIMPSONS.

For her performances on The Tracey Ullman Show (1987-90 on FOX), Kavner received four Emmy nominations, as well as four previous nominations for her supporting role as ‘Brenda Morgenstern’ in the situation comedy Rhoda, winning the coveted Emmy Award in 1987. In 1975 she also received a nomination for her starring role in the daytime special, The Girl Who Couldn’t Lose. Additional television credits include co-starring roles in the telefilms No Other Love with Richard Thomas, Katherine with Sissy Spacek and Revenge of the Stepford Wives with Sharon Gless.

Kavner has appeared in numerous Woody Allen movies including New York Stories: Oedipus Wrecks, Radio Days, Hannah and Her Sisters, Alice and Shadows and Fog, as well as the features Surrender, National Lampoon Goes To The Movies and Bad Medicine. In 1992 Kavner starred in Nora Ephron’s feature film This is Your Life, and in 1990 co-starred with Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams in Awakenings.

On stage she has played under Burt Reynolds’ direction in Two for the Seesaw with Martin Sheen at Reynolds’ Dinner Theatre in Jupiter, Florida. In Canada she starred in It Had To Be You, written by Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna.

A native of Los Angeles, Kavner studied Theatre Arts and graduated with honors from San Diego State University.

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