Life As Lisa Simpson

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Yeardley Smith, the voice behind Lisa Simpson on The Simpsons, has become synonymous with the beloved character she has voiced for 35 years. Not only has Lisa become a symbol of progressivism and feminist role model, but she has also touched the hearts of anyone who can relate to feeling misunderstood or angry at an unjust world. Fun fact: Smith’s unique voice, which has been described by vocal specialists as having “a lot of resonance in [her] nasal cavity,” was once teased by her peers but is now recognized as one of the most recognizable voices on earth. In the upcoming 34th season of The Simpsons, Smith’s legacy as the voice of Lisa Simpson is solidified. Read full article here

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