Yeardley Smith

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  • Birth Name: Martha Maria Yeardley Smith
  • Birth Place: Paris, France
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Was born in Paris, but raised in Washington, DC; her father, Joseph Yeardley Smith, was the first official editor for the Washington Post's obituary desk.
  • Got her big break in 1984 when, as an understudy, she took over Cynthia Nixon's role on Broadway in The Real Thing.
  • Made her TV debut in the 1984 ABC Afterschool Specials production Mom's on Strike.
  • The Simpsons producer Bonnie Pietila wanted Smith for the series after seeing her play a knife-wielding tomboy in the play Livin' on Salvation Street in Los Angeles .
  • Originally read for the role of Bart Simpson, with co-star Nancy Cartwright reading the part of Lisa, who eventually became Smith's character.
  • In 2004, performed a one-woman show titled More, in which she candidly discussed her lonely childhood, plastic surgeries and decades of battling bulimia.
  • Published a children's book titled I, Loreli, in 2009.
  • Launched her own shoe line, Marchez Vous, in 2011.

Awards

  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Voice-Over Performance: Winner

Relationships

  • Martha — Mother
  • Marian Ambrose Smith — Stepmother
  • Hope Smith — Stepsister
  • Christopher Grove — Ex-husband
  • Joseph Yeardley Smith — Father
  • Thomas Smith — Brother
  • Daniel Erickson — Ex-husband
  • Henry Smith — Stepbrother

Details

  • Birth Name: Martha Maria Yeardley Smith
  • Birth Place: Paris, France
  • Profession: Actor