Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith


7/3/1964, Paris, France

Birth Name

Martha Maria Yeardley Smith



Also Known As

Yeardley Smith Erickson, Yeardly Smith
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Comic actress and voice specialist Yeardley Smith has made a virtue out of her odd looks, small figure and distinctive, child-like nasal tones. Giving vocal life to the animated role of Lisa Simpson - the intelligent, caring, saxophone-droning, vegetarian member of the Simpson family - has been her…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Yeardley filed for divorce from Daniel Erickson citing "irreconcilable differences" after six years of marriage.

    • Yeardley is 5'4" tall.

    • Yeardley is pronounced "Yard-lee."

    • On The Simpsons, any time Lisa sings, Yeardley has to drop into her own singing voice.

    • Smith has joked about her lack of vocal range in comparison to her Simpsons costars, saying she only has three voices: her own, Lisa's, and one that's somewhere in between.

    • In 1992, Yeardley was awarded with an Emmy for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for her work on The Simpsons.

    • As a child she was taunted because of her name. Her classmates would refer to her as Yard Weed, Yard Dog, Yard Bird, Yardstick, to name a few.

    • She refers to the taping process of The Simpsons as the "creme de la creme" of animation.

    • She enjoys produces art for notecards.

    • She has appeared in the films The Legend of Billie Jean, City Slickers, Maximum Overdrive, and As Good as It Gets.

    • She was married to Christopher Grove from 1990-1992, until they divorced. She has been married to Daniel Erickson since 2002.

    • By the time she was two, she and her family had moved to Washington, D.C., where she was raised.

    • She is American but was born in Paris, France where her father served as a correspondent with UPI.

    • Her father, J.Y. Smith, who died in 2006, was a longtime obituary writer for The Washington Post.

    • Yeardley admitted on The Jane Pauley Show that she had struggled with bulimia for 25 years. Coincidentially, her character Lisa Simpson suffered through an eating disorder in the episode "Sleeping with the Enemy". She is currently performing in a one-woman show called More where she exposes her eating disorder. Yeardley has been binge-purge free for two years as of February 18, 2005.

    • She is only one of two actresses, the other being Marcia Wallace, on The Simpsons to regularly play only one character. All of the other actors play ten or more characters.

    • Originally read for the role of Bart when auditioning for The Simpsons (1989), but her voice was too high and sounded like a girl, so she lightened her voice up a little and auditioned and won the role of Lisa. Ironically, Nancy Cartwright originally read for Lisa, but was given the role of Bart.

  • Quotes

    • Yeardley Smith: Actually, you wouldn't believe how many people come up to me and say 'This is my fantasy: to be in bed with Lisa Simpson and have her say "Oh more, more!"' What is the matter with you people? This is sick!"-- on the Australian talk show Denton.

    • Yeardley Smith: In my dreams, I was Rita Hayworth, Kim Basinger. I just wanted to be that long, tall drink of water with flowing blond hair and large blue eyes and cheekbones you could actually see - you know, be that. And I wasn't, so I hated myself. I'd beat myself up, tear myself to shreds. Now I've made peace with it. I don't mind it at all; I'd rather be who I am. It's comfortable. It's me. I got weary of putting so much energy into hating myself.

    • Yeardley Smith: It's usually character stuff that I'm offered unless they want a real offbeat leading role. Most of the time, I'm everybody's best friend. Or their annoying friend. It's like the story of my life. I will never get to play the Cinderella roles.

  • Very Distinct Voice

    Yeardley has a very distinct voice, where if you heard her voice in a cartoon, you would easily be able to tell it was her {especially if you watch simpsons, she voices lisa}. This can be both good and bad, because at times i can see some people thinking her voice is annoying. personally i think she has a very distinct voice, i have never heard of anyone with that kind of voice and i think it works wonders for her personally. I think she should be on more TV rather than just the simpsons. Overall, a pretty decent actressmoreless
  • Yeardley Smith is best known for playing Lisa Simpson on the popular show The Simpsons.

    Yeardley Smith was born July 3, 1964 in Paris, France. As a child, she was made fun because of her name and often was nicknamed "Yard Weed", "Yardstick", and "YardBird". Her name is pronounced "Yard-lee" and not "Yeerd-lee". Yeardley is also the youngest cast member on The Simpsons. In 1990, she married British actor Christopher Grove. In 1992, they filed for divorce. Though born in France, she was raised in Washington, D.C. In 2002, she married her second husband Daniel Erickson. She was discoverd when she was in a musical play called Peter Pan playing Tinkerbell. Yeardley is also the only one out of two actresses(other one is Marcia Wallace) to voice one character on The Simpsons. I think Yeardley plays Lisa Simpson very well. I hope she can be voicing for many more seasons.moreless