Remembering a Hollywood icon with one of The Simpsons’ greatest episodes ever…
I get that the death of Elizabeth Taylor is a big deal for a lot of people, so it’s terribly unfortunate that my generation’s biggest association with the prolific actress is as the silver-afroed zombie who’d make apologies for Michael Jackson, or worse, playing John Goodman’s mother-in-law in the goddamned Flintstones movie.
Sincere apologies to Ms. Taylor and her fans
However, one of the only reasons I have any connection whatsoever to the actress’ iconic persona has a lot to do with The Simpsons. Liz Taylor actually appeared twice on the show during its fourth season, playing two distinct parts and all of THREE lines (which were recorded in the same single-day VO session.) Once as herself, in the 1993 finale “Krusty Gets Kancelled” and once even earlier, during an appearance many don’t even realize or remember.
Maggie Simpson’s first voice
Up until that point Yeardley Smith and Nancy Cartwright had provided Maggie with her “goo-goos” and “gaa-gaas,” but the baby Simpson had yet to truly speak, outside of the occasional dream sequence. In the fourth season episode “Lisa’s First Word,” (which aired four years to the day of The Simpsons’ premiere episode, coincidentally,) Maggie finally uttered her first word: “Daddy.” The person responsible for the single word that touchingly capped off one of The Simpsons greatest episodes? Elizabeth Taylor – 1932-2011.