The Simpsons: Marge Simpson
Marjorie "Marge" Bouvier Simpson (voiced by Julie
Kavner) is a fictional character featured in the animated television
series The Simpsons. She is the well-meaning and patient wife of
Homer. Her most notable physical feature is her blue hair, styled into an
improbably high beehive. It was once mentioned, by Homer, that she
actually dyes her hair blue, as she's been "gray as a mule since
17". With a few exceptions, Marge spends most of her time tending to
housework, minding Maggie, being supportive of Lisa, and either
disciplining Bart or defending him from Homer's rage. She was named after
Margaret "Marge" Groening, mother of Matt
Groening, creator of The Simpsons.
In a first season episode ("Life On the Fast Lane"), Marge's
age was stated to be 34; several later episodes, however, have stated that
Marge's age is 38, possibly a reflection on her and Homer attending their
20th anniversary high school reunion in one episode.
Marge has taken on various jobs that have lasted only for the duration
of one episode; these include:
- Homemaker (1985 to present)
- Pretzel maker/saleswoman
- Police officer
- Trade show model
- Real estate agent (where she sells the infamous "Murder
House" to Ned
Nuclear Power Plant worker
- Actress/musical singer
- Professional artist
- Substitute teacher at Springfield
- Activist against violence in children's television
- Waitress on roller skates
- The church "Listen Lady"
- bartender/waitress at Moe's Tavern (in Mommie Beerest), she later
co-owned the bar as the result of a loan Homer gives to Moe
After high school, and before marrying Homer and having Bart, Marge
worked as a waitress on roller skates at a drive-in restaurant.
has two elder sisters, twins Patty and Selma,
also voiced by Kavner. Her father, a former air steward, is deceased,
although when or how this occurred is never explained. Her disapproving
mother, Jacqueline, lives on but is rarely seen. All members of the
Bouvier family (except for, of course, Marge) are heavy smokers with gruff
voices and an overall sarcastic and snarky demeanor. None of the other
Bouvier family members approve of Marge's marriage to Homer.
In spite of her reputation as a stereotypical sitcom mother and her
relatively higher morals compared to some characters, Marge has had her
share of escapades, which have earned her the moral disdain of
Springfield's less forgiving residents. Taking classes for road rage, time
in jail for "misdemeanor shoplifting," a gambling addiction, a
predilection for alcoholic beverages, a memorable cross-country police
chase (à la Thelma and Louise), and mistakenly having breast
implants are just some of the situations that Marge has found herself
caught up in. She also apparently makes very bad ice cream sundaes, though
otherwise, Marge is a highly regarded cook, including her celebrated pork
chops; (the secret ingredient is salt) Marge manages to feed her family on
less than a dollar a week (she pads Homer's food with sawdust).
Marge is the only member of the family who actively encourages going to
As a child, Marge developed a fear of flying when she was shocked to
learn that her father was an airline steward. Her first day of school did
not fare much better, when she was teased over having a lunch box with a
picture of the Monkees on it.
Marge briefly participated in student activism as a teenager in high
school. After her initial (and only) protest, she was punished by the
school and was forced to serve detention, where she happened to first meet
Homer. Eventually, the two began dating each other. Marge became pregnant
with her first child, Bart, in her mid-twenties; in response, she and
Homer married in a low-budget wedding at a combined wedding chapel/casino
located across the state line.
Besides husband Homer Simpson, Marge has had a number of admirers in
past, such as C.
Montgomery Burns, an Isotopes player, and ex-millionaire Artie Ziff
(who recently got over her and is now interested in Marge's sister,
Selma). Probably Marge's most persistent and obsessed admirer (who never
seemed to get completely over her) is Homer's friend and town bartender, Moe
Szyslak. On many occasions, Moe has made an effort to steal Marge from
Homer, his first try in Season 5 (Secrets of a Successful Marriage) to his
latest plot in tempting her to "become his" in Aruba in Season
16 ("Mommie Beerest"). Moe and Marge's love-hate relationship
has become a regular and famous gag of the show.
Marge's height is somewhat inconsistent. In the episode "Marge in
Chains", she is 8'6", 6'2" if deducting hair. However, her
beehive hairdo has been mentioned as being 3 feet tall, which would only
make her 5'6" or 5'7". In the episode "Homer Alone",
her height is 5'4", and 6'2" if including hair. She is also
shorter than Homer, who has been seen as being 6' in his police lineup
photos from various episodes.
Her favorite food is buttered noodles.
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