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"Hmm..."
―Marge's catchphrase
Marjorie Bouvier Simpson
Marge Simpson.png
Artwork of Marge by Matt Groening
Character Information
Gender:
Female ♀
Status:
Alive
Alias(es): Mrs. Simpson
Ms. Simpson[1]
Midge[2]
Age: 36[3]
Hair: Blue (naturally gray)
Occupation: Housewife
Location: 742 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield
Relatives: Father: Clancy Bouvier
Mother: Jacqueline Bouvier
Sisters: Patty and Selma Bouvier
Husband: Homer Simpson
Children: Bart, Lisa, and Maggie Simpson
Niece: Jessica Simpson
Half-brother-in-Law: Herbert Powell
Half-sister-in-Law: Abbie
Uncle: Herman Bouvier
First Appearance: "Good Night"
Voiced by: Julie Kavner


Marjorie "Marge" Bouvier Simpson,[4] (née Bouvier; born March 19[5]), is the happy homemaker and full-time mom of the Simpson family. With her husband Homer, she has three children: Bart, Lisa, and Maggie Simpson. Marge is the moralistic force in her family and often provides a grounding voice in the midst of her family's antics by trying to maintain order in the Simpson household. Aside from her duties at home, Marge has flirted briefly with a number of careers ranging from police officer to anti-violence activist.

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Biography

Artwork of Marge from season 24

Marge Bouvier was born on March 19, 1954, She is the third born child of the Bouvier family. Marge was raised by her parents, Jacqueline and Clancy. She has a pair of sisters, the joyless twins, Patty and Selma, both of whom vocally disapprove of Homer.

Marge then went on to attend Springfield High School, and in her final year met Homer Simpson. She was at first wary of Homer, but agreed to go to the prom with him, although she ended up going with Artie Ziff. However, she regrets going with him because he tried to have sex with her afterwards. Artie takes her home and later on she picks up Homer, who was walking home in her car. Marge tells him how much she regretted going to the prom with Arite instead of him, causing Homer to somewhat repair the strap of her dress with the corsage he got her. After that decision, her sisters showed their discontent towards him and ultimately thinks he was just wrong for her. However, Selma does show that she's willing to make a sincere attempt to like Homer for Marge's sake, causing him to have a higher opinion of her. Whereas, Patty has never attempted to try and is always on Marge's case to leave Homer, thus it's why she and Homer hate each other.

After the two started dating for several years, Marge discovered she was pregnant with Bart, and she and Homer were married in a small wedding chapel across the state line. Lisa was born soon after, and the couple bought their first house.

She used to leave her children playing at Toddlin' Town while spending time with other moms, a group she calls The Cool Moms. They all lost contact to each other, but after many years they re encountered.[6]

Marge is the mother of the Simpson family, who spends most her time doing housework, caring for Maggie, being supportive of and indulging Lisa and either disciplining Bart or protecting him from Homer's wrath. Marge is the only member of the family who encourages church attendance. She also appears to have significant athletic ability. She is bilingual, being fully fluent in French.

Despite these tendencies Marge has had her fair share of wild escapades throughout the show's history. She was once a police officer in Springfield,[7] took therapy for flight fear,[8] was jailed for shoplifting,[9] became a gambling addict,[10] showed alcoholic tendencies,[11] was an unwilling participant in a cross-country police chase,[12] overdosed on steroids,[13] cheated on a cooking competition[14] and developed amnesia.[15]

Character

Personality

Marge is a foil to her reckless and impulsive husband. Nevertheless, she is a good wife to Homer and a caring mother to her children. Having high morals and a tendency to be a 'wet blanket' as Homer puts it. She dislikes and tries to avoid taking any sort of risk, can be fearful of new things and has set her life to a routine to the point she has actually worn a groove into the carpet going from the kitchen to the bedroom and the basement from her constant housework. She tends to consider anything that isn't completely plain to be amazing or exotic, even if they're not all that special. Such as deviled ham opposed to normal ham and buttered noodles opposed to unbuttered noodles. She has also been depicted as a killjoy and attempt to stop things that other characters otherwise find fun. She always believes she has a good reason for doing so even if it's only her that has a problem. She once had Itchy and Scratchy banned because Maggie injured Homer after imitating a scene from the cartoon.[16] She tried to demolish a burlesque house even though it hurt no one and no one else wanted it destroyed,[17] and she outright says that if something isn't to her taste then no one else should be allowed to enjoy it.[18] Homer sums up his wife when he tells her: "If it were up to [Marge], all we'd ever do is work and go to church."

Physical Appearance

Marge usually wears a strapless green dress, red shoes, tall blue hair and a red pearl necklace. The pearl necklace is a family heirloom and she is seen to have a big drawer full of them.[19] Lisa also wears a pearl necklace, but with white pearls. Doctor Hibbert revealed that she has webbed feet.[9] She remarked that she used to have a "perfect 26-26-26" figure.[20]

Hair

Marge's hair

As a teen, Marge had waist length hair that she always wore down, but got the idea to wear it in her trademark beehive for senior prom;[21] this is sometimes contradicted by recent flashbacks showing Marge as a child, where she is portrayed with her hair worn tall. Her hair is thick enough for her to keep objects like the family savings in it.[22] Her hair is once shown close to her knees, consistent with the logic that a lot of hair would be needed to create her tall beehive.[23] It was revealed by Homer that Marge dyes her hair with blue dye #56, stating "She's been gray as a mule since she was seventeen." [24] Because of her unusually large hairstyle, her height is reported to be 8'6", as noted by Apu.[9] Her hair was blue before she met Homer and was brunette at one time due to Marge ironing a piece of her hair for a long time.[25]

Political Views

Politically, Marge generally aligns with the Democratic Party. She once mentions that she voted for Jimmy Carter ("twice" according to Lisa) and supported the candidacy of their state's progressive governor Mary Bailey, and also claimed to have been extremely depressed when Lyndon B. Johnson died. She, however, appears to be a Conservative Democrat, unlike the Left-Winged Lisa.

Talents

Marge is a very talented painter. When she was a teenager she had an intense crush on Ringo Starr and painted a large number of portraits of him. She also wrote to him, but only received a reply 25 years later. After Homer discovered her old paintings, Lisa encouraged Marge to enroll in an art contest in which her portrait of a drunk Homer asleep on the couch won a local art competition. She was then hired by Mr. Burns to do a portrait of him. After many attempts, she almost gave up until a belated response from Ringo Starr (stating that she had talent) inspired her to continue. The resulting portrait won even Mr. Burns' praise, a massive feat in itself, and was placed at the Springfield Art Museums Burn's Wing.[26]

Marge is also very talented cook. She once brought a pretzel business, which flourished with the aid of the mafia.[27] She has entered various cooking challenges, although circumstances such as vengeful competitors and overheated ovens cause her to lose and once, sabotage other competitors. Marge says she feeds the family on twelve dollars a week, using sawdust to pad Homer's food.[14] Generally she is regarded as a very good cook, despite the unusual fact that she knows of fewer than eight spices and apparently constructs very bad ice cream sundaes. She is especially renowned for her pork chops, Homer's favorite dish. She once worked in Au Naturel, an erotic bakery in Springfield.[28]

Jobs

Marge has had many jobs, most of which lasted a short period of time, these include:

Non-canon

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Future

In the future, Marge leaves Homer after he blew the family savings on an underwater home. She then dates Krusty the Clown. Homer tries to win Marge's love back by beating him up, and is beaten up himself. Marge then gets back together with Homer.[33]

Treehouse of Horror

In "Treehouse of Horror VII" segment "The Thing and I", it is known Marge gave birth to Siamese twins: Bart and Hugo. Hugo was thought evil, so was kept in the house's attic. Hugo attempts to sew him and Bart back together, but he is stopped by Doctor Hibbert. They then discover Bart's scar is on the other side, so he is the evil twin after all and is kept in the attic instead, while Hugo has dinner with his family.

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Behind the Laughter

Marge Simpson is voiced by Julie Kavner, who became famous for being on the TV series, Rhoda.

The episode "That '90s Show" (season 19, 2007) contradicted much of the established back-story; for example, it was revealed that Marge and Homer were childless in the early 1990s although past episodes had suggested Bart and Lisa were born in the 1980s.

As with many Simpsons characters, Marge's age changes to serve the story.

Creation

The first appearances of Marge and Lisa Simpson in "Good Night", a short from The Tracey Ullman Show.

Matt Groening first conceived the Simpson family in the lobby of James L. Brooks' office. He had been called in to pitch a series of animated shorts, and had intended to present his Life in Hell series. When he realized that animating Life in Hell would require him to rescind publication rights for his life's work, Groening decided to go in another direction. He hurriedly sketched out his version of a dysfunctional family, and named the characters after various members of his own family, with Marge being the name of his mother. Marge then made her debut with the rest of the Simpsons clan on 19 April 1987 in the Tracey Ullman short "Good Night".[34]

In The Simpsons Season Four DVD commentary, Matt Groening states that the original idea behind Marge's hair was to conceal large rabbit ears. The gag was intended to be revealed in the final episode of the series, but was scrapped early on due to inconsistencies.[35]

Reception

Julie Kavner received a Primetime Emmy Award in 1992 for voicing Marge in the episode "I Married Marge".[36] In 2004, Kavner and Dan Castellaneta (the voice of Homer) won a Young Artist Award for "Most Popular Mom & Dad in a TV Series".[37] For her performance in The Simpsons Movie, Kavner received a nomination for "Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature" at the 2007 Annie Awards, but lost to Ian Holm in Ratatouille.[38][39] Kavner's emotional performance in the movie got positive reviews and one critic said she "gave what must be the most heartfelt performance ever".[40]

Cultural Influence

Merchandising

Marge is featured in much Simpsons-related merchandise, including T-shirts, baseball caps, stickers, cardboard stand-ups, refrigerator magnets, key rings, buttons, dolls, posters and figurines. She has appeared in all of The Simpsons video games, including The Simpsons Game. Besides the television series, Marge regularly appears in issues of Simpsons Comics. Marge also plays a role in The Simpsons Ride, at Universal Studios Florida and Hollywood.

Playboy Shoot

The Playboy cover

In October 2009, it was announced that Marge would be featured on the front cover of the November issue of Playboy. The edition was first published on October 16, 2009. The cover and a three-page picture spread, as well as a story inside entitled The Devil in Marge Simpson, is a celebration of the 20th anniversary of The Simpsons, but is also part of a plan to appeal to younger readers. Chief executive of Playboy Enterprises, Scott Flanders, has said that the cover and centerfold were "somewhat tongue-in-cheek".

Foreign dubs

Language Voice dubber
Germany.png Deutsch Elisabeth Volkmann (seasons 1 - 17)
Anke Engelke (seasons 18 - Present)
Flag of the Netherlands.png Dutch Anneke Beukman (movie)
Finland flag.png Finnish Eija Vilpas
Flag of Belgium.png Flemish Tania Van der Sanden (movie)
Flag of Japan.png Japanese Miyuki Ichijō
Akiko Wada (Movie)
Portugal.png Portuguese (Portugal) Cláudia Cadima (movie)
Hispanic America.gif Español Nancy McKenzie (seasons 1 to 15)
Marina Huerta (since season 16)

Trivia

The Saga of Carl - title screen.png Wikisimpsons has a collection of images related to Marge Simpson.
  • Marge has hazel-colored eyes.
  • Has webbed toes.
  • Bouvier is the surname of Jackie Kennedy-Onassis.
  • She is left-handed, but she usually uses her right hand for everything to look normal, so she is ambidextrous.
  • Her shoe size is 13AA.
  • As shown in "Kill Gil, Volumes I & II", Marge has trouble saying "no". As shown when she was about 7, Patty and Selma told her to hide their cigarettes in her dollhouse. She said no and they stuffed her into the dollhouse.
  • Marge also needs to wear glasses.[41]
  • Marge's middle name is Jacqueline, another nod to Jackie Kennedy-Onassis.
  • Marge has some sort of crush on Lenny Leonard, which is referenced in many episodes.
  • Her hair color is blue #56.

Birthday date

Marge originally said she was born on the same day as Randy Quaid, October 1.[42] However, Lisa showed a calendar saying her birthday was on March 19.[5]

Appearances

References

  1. "Wedding for Disaster"
  2. The Simpsons Movie
  3. Simpsons World The Ultimate Episode Guide: Seasons 1-20
  4. "Homer Scissorhands"
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart"
  6. "Moms I'd Like to Forget"
  7. 7.0 7.1 "The Springfield Connection"
  8. "Fear of Flying"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "Marge in Chains"
  10. "$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)"
  11. "Co-Dependent's Day"
  12. "Marge on the Lam"
  13. "The Strong Arms of Ma"
  14. 14.0 14.1 "All's Fair in Oven War"
  15. "Regarding Margie"
  16. "Itchy & Scratchy & Marge"
  17. "Bart After Dark"
  18. "The Great Wife Hope"
  19. "Homer the Vigilante"
  20. "Husbands and Knives"
  21. "The Way We Was"
  22. "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"
  23. "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious"
  24. "Secrets of a Successful Marriage"
  25. "The Way We Weren't"
  26. "Brush with Greatness"
  27. "The Twisted World of Marge Simpson"
  28. 28.0 28.1 "Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes"
  29. "Large Marge"
  30. "The Strong Arms of the Ma"
  31. "Realty Bites"
  32. "Marge Gets a Job"
  33. "Future-Drama"
  34. BBC. (2000). 'The Simpsons': America's First Family (6 minute edit for the season 1 DVD) (DVD). UK: 20th Century Fox.
  35. Matt Groening, The Complete Fourth Season DVD (2004) commentary for episode Selma's Choice. 20th Century Fox
  36. Primetime Emmy Awards Advanced Search. Emmys.org. Retrieved on 2008-02-09.
  37. "25th Annual Winners and Nominees", Youngartistawards.org{{{date}}}. Retrieved on 2008-01-18. 
  38. "For Your Consideration", Annie Awards,. Retrieved on 2007-12-03. 
  39. Peter Debruge. "'Ratatouille' nearly sweeps Annies", Variety,. Retrieved on 2008-02-09. 
  40. Randy Shulman. "Homer's Odyssey", Metro Weekly,. Retrieved on 2007-07-26. 
  41. "The Boys of Bummer"
  42. "Marge Gamer"


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