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Yeardley Smith Biography

Birth Name:
Martha Maria Yeardley Smith
Birth Place:
Paris, France

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


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