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Julie Kavner Biography

Birth Name:
Julie Deborah Kavner
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession
Actor, comedian, writer

Fast Facts

  • Was born and raised in California, but is often mistaken for a New Yorker, thanks to a slight Brooklyn accent (her parents were both transplants) and her unmistakable "rough" voice
  • Had never acted professionally before landing the supporting role of Rhoda's sister, Brenda Morgenstern, on the Mary Tyler Moore spinoff, Rhoda
  • Received Emmy nominations for her first two professional acting jobs---one primetime Emmy for Rhoda and one Daytime Emmy for an ABC drama on Afternoon Playbreak
  • Is a member of the regular stable of actors in Woody Allen's films, first appearing in 1986's Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Worked with Tracey Ullman on The Tracey Ullman Show and Tracey Takes On
  • Does not like to do the voice of Marge Simpson---the role for which she is best known these days---in front of the camera

Awards

  • 1990Emmy-Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1989Emmy-Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1988Emmy-Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1987Emmy-Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1979Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1978Emmy-Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 1977Emmy-Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1976Emmy-Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1975Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated

Relationships