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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 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 Groening, mother of Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons.
Marge's one-episode jobs have included:
- Pretzel maker/saleswoman
- Trade show model
- Real-estate agent (where she sells the infamous "Murder House" to Ned Flanders)
- Springfield Nuclear Power Plant worker
- Actress / musical singer
- Professional artist
- Substitute teacher at Springfield Elementary
- Plot writer for the non-violent version of Itchy and Scratchy
- Novel writer
- Waitress on roller skates
- The "Listen Lady"
She 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 demeanour. None of the other Bouvier family members approve of Marge's marriage to Homer.
In spite of her reputation as a stereotypical cartoon mother, Marge has had her share of escapades, many of which have earned her the moral disdain of Springfield's less forgiving residents. Time in jail for 'misdemeanour shoplifting', a gambling addiction, a predilection for alcoholic beverages, and a memorable cross-country police chase (à la Thelma and Louise ), are just some of the situations that suggest that this enigmatic woman is something more than just another pretty blue-head. She also apparantly makes very bad Ice Cream Sundaes , despite making excellent foods, including celebrated pork chops, and feeding her family on less than a dollar a week (she pads Homer's food with sawdust).
Marge is the only member of the family that actively encourages going to church.
Marge participated in Student activism in high school. One day, she was punished by school and was forced to serve detention, where she happened to see Homer. After that, she began dating him. She became pregnant with her first child, Bart, in her mid-twenties; in response, she and Homer married in a low-budget Nevada wedding.
See also: Characters from The Simpsons
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