Yeardley Smith

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


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


  • Joseph Yeardley Smith — Father
  • Christopher Grove — Ex-husband
  • Martha — Mother
  • Marian Ambrose Smith — Stepmother
  • Hope Smith — Stepsister
  • Thomas Smith — Brother
  • Daniel Erickson — Ex-husband
  • Henry Smith — Stepbrother
MIXED-ISH - In "mixed-ish," Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow's parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they're perceived as neither black nor white. This family's experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one's own identity when the rest of the world can't decide where you belong. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)

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