She played Jackie Simpson in the film As Good As it Gets, which starred Jack Nicholson. birthday mood. After appearing on The Tracey Ullman Show for three years, the Simpson family were moved to their own series on Fox, which debuted on December 17, 1989. Bart: Yeah! Copyright © 2021 Multiply Media, LLC. Leon and Bart perform "Happy Birthday, Lisa." [114][115], Lisa has also appeared in other media relating to The Simpsons. "[40] Matt Groening has described Smith as being very similar to Lisa: "Yeardley has strong moral views about her character. Yeardley Smith originally tried out for the role of Bart, while Nancy Cartwright (who was later cast as the voice for Bart) tried out for Lisa. [40] Still, Smith considers her work on the show a success. Lisa: Well, I wish that you wouldn’t. '"[39][41] Pietila offered Smith the role of Lisa instead. of Homer, "The Simpsons Showrunner Says Lisa Is "Possibly Polyamorous" – IN Magazine", "The Simpsons: 20 Ridiculous Facts About Lisa", "18 Things You’d Be Surprised Happened on ‘The Simpsons’ If You Stopped Watching in 2003", "#23 Holidays Of Future Passed, Season 23, Episode 09. [89] In 2000, Lisa and the rest of the Simpson family were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard. She is stopped by Bart who encourages her to keep proving people wrong and pursue her dreams as a musician. I have nothing but gratitude for the amount of freedom The Simpsons has bought me in my life. [30] The family was crudely drawn, because Groening had submitted basic sketches to the animators, assuming they would clean them up; instead, they just traced over his drawings. $2.74 shipping. [112], On April 9, 2009, the United States Postal Service unveiled a series of five 44-cent stamps featuring Lisa and the four other members of the nuclear Simpson family. From shop DgtlDesignsShop. She is a vegetarian, feminist, environmentalist and a supporter of gay rights and the Free Tibet movement. She has appeared in each Simpsons video game, including The Simpsons Game, released in 2007. "[101] Christopher Borrelli of The Toledo Blade wrote, "Has there ever been a female TV character as complex, intelligent, and, ahem, as emotionally well-drawn as Lisa Simpson? [108], Lisa has been included in many The Simpsons publications, toys, and other merchandise. [5] The episode "That '90s Show" (season 19, 2008), however, contradicts much of the established backstory; for example, it presents Homer and Marge as being childless in the late 1990s. Nancy Cartwright intended to audition for the role of Lisa, but disliked the character's bland description—Lisa was described simply as the "middle child"—and read for the role of Bart instead. Get the best deals on The Simpsons Greeting Cards & Invitations when you shop the largest online selection at eBay.com. In Season 3's "Stark Raving Dad," Lisa is celebrating her 8th birthday. Lisa's character develops many times over the course of the show: she becomes a vegetarian in season 7 and converts to Buddhism in season 13. [43] Usually they are derivative of Lisa, such as Lisa Bella in "Last Tap Dance in Springfield" (season 11, 2000) and Lisa, Jr. in "Missionary: Impossible". She is also concerned that Maggie may grow up to be like the rest of the family and tries to teach her complex ideas. Saved by . Voiced by Yeardley Smith, Lisa was born as a character in The Tracey Ullman Show short "Good Night" on April 19, 1987. Lisa Simpson is 8 years-old. This time, the family remembers and brings Leon Kompowsky to sing new verses for "Happy Birthday, Lisa" while Homer brings a cake with “Happy twelfth 12th birthday”, upsetting her. [13] Bart's best friend Milhouse Van Houten has a crush on her, but despite dropping unsubtle hints about his feelings, he has been unsuccessful in winning her affection. [119], fictional character from The Simpsons franchise.