Happy Birthday actor Yeardley Smith
Born: July 3, 1964 in Paris, France
Daniel Erickson (18 May 2002 – 8 September 2008) (divorced)
Christopher Grove (1990 – 1992) (divorced)
Best known as the voice of “Lisa Simpson” on the TV show The Simpsons (1989)
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”.
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.
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”.
Being a part of “As Good as It Gets” was a great job for me. It was fun taking a bit of a break from playing Lisa Simpson and doing real actual live-action camera work. I enjoyed having the honor of working with Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Greg Kinnear. And especially that cute little dog. Overall, I enjoyed working on the film, and I wish I at least got an Oscar nomination.