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Maggie Simpson

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Maggie Simpson
The Simpsons character
First appearance"Good Night" (1987)
Created byMatt Groening
Designed byMatt Groening
Voiced byNancy Cartwright (later seasons–present)
Yeardley Smith (earlier seasons)
Matt Groening (sucking pacifier noise)
Carol Kane ("Bart vs. Thanksgiving")
Elizabeth Taylor ("Lisa's First Word")
James Earl Jones (alternate timeline; "Treehouse of Horror V")
Jodie Foster ("Four Great Women and a Manicure")
Full nameMargaret Evelyn Lenny Simpson
RelativesParents: Homer and Marge
Siblings: Bart and Lisa
Grandparents: Abe Simpson, Mona Simpson, Jacqueline Bouvier and Clancy Bouvier
Aunts: Patty Bouvier and Selma Bouvier
(See also Simpson family)
Home742 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield, United States

Margaret "Maggie" Simpson is a fictional character shown in the animated television series The Simpsons. She is a baby.

Character[change | change source]

Like most babies, Maggie copies what she sees around her. She once hit Homer on the head with a mallet, shot a suction dart at his picture and attacked him with a pencil in imitation of Itchy and Scratchy. Maggie is also very accurate with a gun, she shot Mr. Burns in "Who Shot Mr. Burns".

Characteristics[change | change source]

During the early episodes, Maggie's well-known feature would be to trip over her clothes and fall on her face causing a loud smack on the floor. Throughout the early episodes, Maggie fell down 39 times.[1]

History[change | change source]

Creation[change | change source]

Maggie was named after Matt Groening's sister Maggie Groening.[2][3] She often sucked on a pacifier and wore a sleep suit like Maggie.[4] Groening thought that it would be funny to have a baby character that did not talk and never grew up, but showed any emotions that the scene needed.

Voice[change | change source]

With few exceptions, Maggie never speaks but is aware of what is going around her. Maggie has spoken in "Good Night", the first cartoon to air on The Tracey Ullman Show. When the rest of the family falls asleep, she speaks and her voice is played by Liz Georges.[5]

Maggie's first word spoken in the normal television show of the series happened in "Lisa's First Word", when she was voiced by Elizabeth Taylor and says, "Daddy" in an empty room.[6][7] Elizabeth Taylor as Maggie was later named the 13th greatest guest spot in the history of the show.[8] James Earl Jones, who voiced Maggie in "Treehouse of Horror V" was in seventh place.[9] She would later have small sentences in "Treehouse of Horror IX", voiced by Harry Shearer, who used his Kang voice.[10] Her squeaks and occasional speaking parts are regularly done by Nancy Cartwright[11] or Yeardley Smith.[12] Jodie Foster voiced the Howard Roark-inspired Maggie in the Season 20 episode "Four Great Women and a Manicure".

References[change | change source]

  1. "Maggie File" Archived 2007-10-11 at the Wayback Machine SNPP.com. Retrieved on March 27, 2007
  2. Hamilton, Don (2002-12-07). "Matt Groening's Portland". The Portland Tribune. Archived from the original on 2008-08-28. Retrieved 2009-05-28.
  3. Sadownick, Doug (February 26, 1991). "Groening Against the Grain". Advocate. Archived from the original on September 20, 2007. Retrieved March 27, 2007.
  4. Groening, Matt; Jean, Al; Brooks, James L. (2007). The Simpsons Movie: A Look Behind the Scenes (DVD). The Sun.
  5. "Liz Georges - Filmography by year". www.imdb.com. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
  6. Face to Face: Maggie Simpson Archived 2014-11-29 at the Wayback Machine EW.com. Published September 11, 1992. Retrieved on March 27, 2007.
  7. "Lisa's First Word"
  8. Top 25 Simpsons Guest Appearances, Page 3 IGN.com. Published September 5, 2006, Retrieved on March 27, 2007
  9. Top 25 Simpsons Guest Appearances, Page 4 IGN.com. Published September 5, 2006, Retrieved on March 27, 2007.
  10. Richmond, Ray; Antonia Coffman (1997). The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to our Favorite Family. Harper Collins Publishers. pp. 154-155. ISBN 0-00-638898-1.
  11. Brooks, James L.; Cartwright, Nancy; Groening, Matt; Jean, Al; Moore, Rich. (2003). Commentary for "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire", in The Simpsons: The Complete Third Season [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  12. Smith, Yeardley. (2007). Commentary for The Simpsons Movie [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.

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