Yeardley Smith

Biography: 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 bread-and-butter job for over a decade and a half. The American Smith was born in Paris, France, where her father was a correspondent with UPI. By the time she was two, she and her family had moved to Washington, D.C., where she was raised. A shy, introverted child, she started her pixie-ish young career as a teenager at a nearby dinner theater where she played Tinkerbell in a musical adaptation of "Peter Pan." After receiving her high school diploma she apprenticed for a time at the famed Arena Stage, then headed off to New York and bigger things. She understudied the role of Debbie on Broadway in Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing" starring Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close, then took overComic 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 bread-and-butter job for over a decade and a half. The American Smith was born in Paris, France, where her father was a correspondent with UPI. By the time she was two, she and her family had moved to Washington, D.C., where she was raised. A shy, introverted child, she started her pixie-ish young career as a teenager at a nearby dinner theater where she played Tinkerbell in a musical adaptation of "Peter Pan." After receiving her high school diploma she apprenticed for a time at the famed Arena Stage, then headed off to New York and bigger things. She understudied the role of Debbie on Broadway in Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing" starring Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close, then took over the part for eight months. Small film offers started coming her way with Heaven Help Us (1985) and The Legend of Billie Jean (1985) so in 1986 she headed West and settled. After some work on the LA stage with "Boys and Girls/Men and Women" (1987) and "How the Other Half Loves" (1988) and a recurring role on the ground-breaking gay comedy "Brothers" (1984), Yeardley won the part of daughter Lisa Simpson. The animated character was launched on the sketch TV comedy series "The Tracey Ullman Show" (1987) Two years later she spun off into "The Simpsons" (1989) and still going strong after 15 years. Yeardley has made the TV rounds on-camera as well with amusing guest appearances on "Dharma & Greg" (1997), "Murphy Brown" (1988), "Empty Nest" (1988), "Mama's Family" (1983), and a regular role for three seasons as Louise on "Herman's Head" (1991). Other film supports include roles in City Slickers (1991), Jingle All the Way (1996) and As Good as It Gets (1997). In 2004, Yeardley performed front-and-center in her own one-woman autobiographical show entitled "More" in New York. Expand

Yeardley Smith's Scores

Average career score: 75
Highest Metascore: 92 The Simpsons: Season 2
Lowest Metascore: 47 Herman's Head: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
4 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
92 The Simpsons: Season 2 Oct 11, 1990 Lisa Simpson 9.0
81 Dharma & Greg: Season 1 Sep 24, 1997 Marlene 7.5
80 The Simpsons: Season 1 Dec 17, 1989 Herself / Lisa Simpson 8.8
47 Herman's Head: Season 1 Sep 8, 1991 Louise Fitzer 8.5
tbd The Simpsons: Season 3 Sep 19, 1991 Lisa Simpson 9.1
tbd The Simpsons: Season 4 Sep 24, 1992 Lisa Simpson 9.5
tbd The Simpsons: Season 5 Sep 30, 1993 Lisa Simpson 9.5
tbd The Simpsons: Season 6 Sep 4, 1994 Lisa Simpson 9.6
tbd The Simpsons: Season 7 Sep 17, 1995 Lisa Simpson 9.5
tbd The Simpsons: Season 8 Oct 27, 1996 Lisa Simpson 9.3
tbd The Simpsons: Season 9 Sep 21, 1997 Lisa Simpson 9.1
tbd The Simpsons: Season 10 Aug 23, 1998 Lisa Simpson 8.5
tbd The Simpsons: Season 11 Sep 26, 1999 Lisa Simpson 7.8
tbd The Simpsons: Season 12 Nov 1, 2000 Lisa Simpson 7.9
tbd The Simpsons: Season 13 Nov 6, 2001 Lisa Simpson 7.9
tbd The Simpsons: Season 14 Nov 3, 2002 Lisa Simpson 7.9
tbd The Simpsons: Season 15 Nov 2, 2003 Lisa Simpson 8.0
tbd The Simpsons: Season 16 Nov 7, 2004 Lisa Simpson 7.2
tbd The Simpsons: Season 17 Sep 11, 2005 Lisa Simpson 7.0
tbd The Simpsons: Season 18 Sep 10, 2006 Lisa Simpson, Various 6.8
tbd The Simpsons: Season 19 Sep 23, 2007 Lisa Simpson 6.9
tbd The Simpsons: Season 20 Sep 28, 2008 Lisa Simpson 7.0
tbd The Simpsons: Season 21 Sep 27, 2009 Herself 7.0
tbd Dharma & Greg: Season 2 Sep 23, 1998 Marlene 9.0
tbd Dharma & Greg: Season 3 Sep 21, 1999 Marlene 10
tbd Dharma & Greg: Season 4 Oct 10, 2000 Marlene 10
tbd Dharma & Greg: Season 5 Sep 25, 2001 Marlene 10
tbd The Simpsons: Season 22 Sep 26, 2010 Lisa Simpson 6.2
tbd The Simpsons: Season 23 Sep 25, 2011 Lisa Simpson 6.1
tbd The Simpsons: Season 24 Sep 30, 2012 Lisa Simpson 6.5