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Yeardley Smith

Biography

Stage and display actress who also became recognized to the world because the tone of voice of know-it-all Lisa Simpson around the Simpsons. She made an appearance in takes on and theatrical productions both in Washington, DC and NEW YORK. She performed Jackie Simpson within the film As effective as It Gets, which starred Jack port Nicholson. She was wedded and divorced double. In 1987, she became the tone of voice of Lisa Simpson on Matt Groening’s The Simpsons, the longest-running, most effective animated tv program ever.

Quick Facts


Full Name Yeardley Smith
Date Of Birth July 3, 1964
Place Of Birth Paris, France
Height 1.62 m
Profession Voice Actress
Nationality American, French
Spouse Daniel Erickson, Christopher Grove
Parents Joseph Smith, Martha Mayor
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance
Movies The Simpsons Movie, Maximum Overdrive, As Good as It Gets, The Legend of Billie Jean, City Slickers, The Chaperone, We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, Heaven Help Us, New Year's Eve, Three O'Clock High, Ginger Ale Afternoon, Listen to Me, Spork, Back by Midnight, Just Write, Silence Like Glass, Toys, Toothless, Wishing Well, Virginia, High School, Tug, Miles, Waiting For Ophelia, Miracle of Phil, Do the Bartman, Dissonance
TV Shows Teen Angel, Herman's Head, Square One Television, Mathnet, Sydney, The Tracey Ullman Show, CBS Summer Playhouse, The Simpsons, Brothers, Likely Suspects, Simpsons: Extras
Star Sign Cancer

  • Facts
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  • Trademarks
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#Fact
1Doing a one woman show in New York at the Union Square Theatre [April 2004]
2Starring in Balancing Act at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, California. [April 2007]
3Played the droid character EV-9D9 (major domo of Jabba's droids) in the NPR radio dramatization of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) [1996].
4Of the core 6 Simpsons performers, Yeardley is the youngest.
5Her name is pronounced "Yard-lee".
6Is only one of two actresses (the other being Marcia Wallace) on The Simpsons (1989) to regularly play only one character. All of the other actors play ten or more characters.
7Originally read for the role of "Bart" when auditioning for The Simpsons (1989), but her voice was too high and sounded like a girl, so she lightened her voice up a little and then auditioned and won the role of "Lisa". Nancy Cartwright had originally read for "Lisa", but was given the role of "Bart" instead.
8Her father, J.Y. Smith, who died in 2006, was a longtime obituary writer for The Washington Post.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Simpsons1989-2018TV SeriesLisa Simpson Grandma Flanders Voice Activated Search Machine ...
Fresh Off the Boat2016TV SeriesMarie
Planet of the Couches2016TV MovieLisa Simpson (voice, uncredited)
Miles2016Mrs. Armstrong
Offer and Compromise2016Allison
The Mindy Project2014-2015TV SeriesCarolyn
Dissonance2014/IIShortSarah
Family Guy2014TV SeriesLisa Simpson
Revenge2014TV SeriesPhyllis
The Simpsons Take the Bowl2014VideoLisa Simpson / Herself
Hot in Cleveland2013TV SeriesMargaret
Stand Up to Cancer2012TV MovieLisa Simpson (voice)
82012VideoDr. Nancy Cott
The Simpsons: Tapped Out2012Video GameLisa Simpson (voice, uncredited)
Sprinkles Shorts: Strawberry2011ShortBaker
New Year's Eve2011Maude (segment "Ahern Party")
The Chaperone2011Miss Miller
Virginia2010Mrs. Whitaker
Tug2010/IMom
Spork2010Ms. Danahy
The Big Bang Theory2010TV SeriesSandy
High School2010Computer Skills Teacher
The Wishing Well2009TV MovieMary Williams
Mad Men2009TV SeriesNurse Mary
Waiting for Ophelia2009Caitlin O'Malley
Miracle of Phil2008ShortHolly
The Simpsons Ride2008ShortLisa Simpson (voice)
The Simpsons Game2007Video GameLisa Simpson (voice)
The Simpsons Movie2007Lisa Simpson (voice)
Strong Medicine2005TV SeriesReal Estate Agent
Phil of the Future2005TV SeriesMandy Teslow
The Simpsons' Christmas Message2004TV ShortLisa Simpson (voice, uncredited)
Dead Like Me2004TV SeriesPenny
Back by Midnight2004Veronica
The Simpsons: Hit & Run2003Video GameLisa Simpson (voice)
Becker2003TV SeriesRuby
The Simpsons: Skateboarding2002Video GameLisa Simpson (voice)
Dharma & Greg1997-2002TV SeriesMarlene
The Simpsons: Road Rage2001Video GameLisa Simpson (voice)
The Simpsons: Wrestling2001Video GameLisa Simpson (voice)
Last Dance2001TV Movie
Nash Bridges1999TV SeriesStevie Strong
Simpsons Bowling1999Video GameLisa Simpson (voice)
Sports Night1998TV SeriesMalory Moss
The Simpsons: Virtual Springfield1997Video GameLisa Simpson (voice)
As Good as It Gets1997Jackie
Teen Angel1997TV SeriesMiss Gross
Smart Guy1997TV SeriesMs. Rawlings
The Wonderful World of Disney1997TV SeriesGatekeeper
Just Write1997Lulu
Jingle All the Way1996Woman Who Flirts with Howie (uncredited)
The Simpsons: Cartoon Studio1996Video GameLisa Simpson (voice)
Empty Nest1994TV SeriesSally
Herman's Head1991-1994TV SeriesLouise Fitzer
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story1993Cecilia (voice)
Toys1992Researcher Miss Drum
Likely Suspects1992TV Series
City Slickers1991Nancy
The Simpsons1991Video GameLisa Simpson (voice, uncredited)
Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake1991TV MovieLisa Simpson (voice)
The Ice Capades 50th Anniversary Special1990TV MovieLisa Simpson (voice)
Do the Bartman1990TV ShortLisa Simpson (voice)
Sydney1990TV SeriesTracy Cole
The Simpsons: Family Therapy1989TV ShortLisa Simpson (voice)
Murphy Brown1989TV SeriesPhoebe Cramer
Ginger Ale Afternoon1989Bonnie Cleator (as Yeardly Smith)
Silence Like Glass1989Karen
The Tracey Ullman Show1987-1989TV SeriesLisa Simpson
Listen to Me1989Cootz
Brothers1984-1989TV SeriesLouella
The Simpsons: Family Portrait1988TV ShortLisa Simpson (voice)
CBS Summer Playhouse1988TV SeriesPaula Bennett
Three O'Clock High1987Cheerleader
The Simpsons: Good Night1987TV ShortLisa Simpson (voice)
Mathnet1987TV SeriesJane Rice Burroughs
Square One Television1987TV SeriesJane Rice-Burroughs
Mama's Family1986TV SeriesBonita Rokeke
Maximum Overdrive1986Connie
Tales from the Darkside1986TV SeriesBetty Ann Cooper / Good Time Rita
The Legend of Billie Jean1985Putter
The Recovery Room1985TV MovieJill
Heaven Help Us1985Cathleen
ABC Afterschool Specials1984TV SeriesJenny

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Simpsons1990-2016TV Series performer - 56 episodes
As Good as It Gets1997performer: "You'll Always Be My Shining Star" - uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Virginia2010executive producer
Waiting for Ophelia2009executive producer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Elmo's Potty Time2006Video narrator: DVD menus

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Broadcast News: James L. Brooks - A Singular Voice2011Video short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
TV's Funniest Animated Stars: A Paley Center for Media Special2015TV Movie documentaryHerself
Shoe Are You?®2014TV SeriesHerself
2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards2013TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Governors Award
The Simpsons: Access All Areas2010TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: In 3-D! On Ice!2010TV Special documentaryHerself
Food Network Challenge2009TV SeriesHerself - Judge
The National Movie Awards2007TV SpecialHerself
2007 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards2007TV SpecialHerself
Comic-Con 2007 Live2007TV MovieHerself
American Idol2007TV SeriesLisa Simpson
50 Cutest Child Stars: All Grown Up2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
GMTV2004TV SeriesHerself
Dennis Miller2004TV SeriesHerself
Inside the Actors Studio2003TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Squares2001TV SeriesHerself
'The Simpsons': America's First Family2000TV Special documentaryHerself
Hey Hey, It's Saturday1994TV SeriesHerself
The Oprah Winfrey Show1992TV SeriesLisa Simpson
Night After Night1992TV SeriesHerself
The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Technical Awards
The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1990TV SpecialLisa Simpson - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (voice)
Comic Relief IV1990TV Special documentaryLisa Simpson (voice)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bettie Page Reveals All2012DocumentaryLisa Simpson
The Simpsons: Celebrity Friends2010TV Movie documentaryLisa Simpson (uncredited)
The Simpsons: Mischief & Mayhem2010TV Movie documentaryLisa Simpson (uncredited)
Planet Voice2007TV SeriesLisa Simpson
Phil of the Future: Gadgets & Gizmos2005VideoMrs. Teslow
CyberWorld2000ShortLisa Simpson
The Simpsons1995TV SeriesLisa Simpson

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1992Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Voice-Over PerformanceThe Simpsons (1989)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015BTVA Television Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series - Comedy/MusicalThe Simpsons (1989)· Dan Castellaneta
· Julie Kavner
· Nancy Cartwright
· Hank Azaria
· Harry Shearer
· Tress MacNeille
· Pamela Hayden
· Maggie Roswell
· Russi Taylor
2014BTVA Television Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series - Comedy/MusicalThe Simpsons (1989)· Dan Castellaneta
· Julie Kavner
· Nancy Cartwright
· Harry Shearer
· Hank Azaria
· Tress MacNeille
· Pamela Hayden
· Maggie Roswell
· Marcia Wallace
2003OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Voice-Over PerformanceThe Simpsons (1989)
1998OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Voice-Over PerformanceThe Simpsons (1989)

TitleSalary
The Simpsons (1989)$300,000 per episode (2011-)
The Simpsons (1989)$125,000 per episode (1998-2004)
The Simpsons (1989)$30,000 per episode (1989-1998)
The Simpsons (1989)$400,000 /episode (2009-10)
The Simpsons (1989)$400,000 -$440,000 per episode (2008-2011)
The Simpsons (1989)$250,000 -$360,000 per episode (2004-2008)

#Quote
1Everybody sort of questioned why we get married on New Year's Day, and of course, the avid sports fans wouldn't come, because they had to watch the Rose Bowl or whatever that is on that day.
2Romance is dead - it was acquired in a hostile takeover by Hallmark and Disney, homogenized, and sold off piece by piece.
3Oh no, the dead have risen and they're voting Republican.
4A man who envies our family is a man who needs help.
5Is your remarkably sexist drivel intentional, or just some horrible mistake?
6You can't create a monster, then whine when it stomps on a few buildings.
7Being a part of "As Good as It Gets" was a great job for me. It was fun taking a bit of a break from playing Lisa Simpson and doing real actual live-action camera work. I enjoyed having the honor of working with Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Greg Kinnear. And especially that cute little dog. Overall, I enjoyed working on the film, and I wish I at least got an Oscar nomination.
8In my dreams, I was Rita Hayworth, Kim Basinger. I just wanted to be that long, tall drink of water with flowing blond hair and large blue eyes and cheekbones you could actually see - you know, be that. And I wasn't, so I hated myself. I'd beat myself up, tear myself to shreds. Now I've made peace with it. I don't mind it at all; I'd rather be who I am. It's comfortable. It's me. I got weary of putting so much energy into hating myself".
9It's usually character stuff that I'm offered unless they want a real offbeat leading role. Most of the time, I'm everybody's best friend. Or their annoying friend. It's like the story of my life. I will never get to play the Cinderella roles.
10Actually, you wouldn't believe how many people come up to me and say 'This is my fantasy: to be in bed with Lisa Simpson and have her say "Oh more, more!"' What is the matter with you people? This is sick! -- on the Australian talk show "Denton".

#Trademark
1High pitched, nasal voice
2Best known as the voice of "Lisa Simpson" on the TV show The Simpsons (1989)

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