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How Marge Simpson Was Inspired By ‘The Simpsons’ Writer Matt Groening’s Own Mother

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Marge Simpson is an iconic character on The Simpsons, but it was writer Matt Groening’s mother who inspired her character. We take a look at how an obituary revealed the inspiration for the Springfield resident… 

A newspaper clipping of Matt Groening’s mother’s obituary has been shared on social media and fans of The Simpsons have spotted a link between Groening’s mother and Marge Simpson.

It turns out they share the same name! And that’s not the only thing the Groening family and The Simpsons have in common….

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Marge Simpson and Lisa Simpson in the back of a truck
Marge Simpson and Lisa Simpson in the back of a truck. Credit: @TheSimpsons/Twitter

Marge and Homer Simpson were based on Matt Groening’s mother and father

Marge and Homer in the cartoon were based on Matt Groening’s parents: Margaret (or Marge) and her husband Homer Groening.

After meeting each other, Marge and Homer ‘settled in Everett’ and raised a family which is where Matt grew up, the obituary said.

It then goes on to talk of Margaret’s maiden name – ‘Wiggum’ and her brother Arnold Wiggum, Matt’s uncle.

Arnold was the Principal at Matt’s school, Hawthorne Elementary, and this is where the inspiration for Springfield’s doughnut-chomping Chief Wiggum comes from.

Marge Simpson was inspired by Matt Groening's mother, Margaret Groening, her obituary revealed. Credit: @planegrrl/Twitter
Marge Simpson was inspired by Matt Groening’s mother, Margaret Groening, her obituary revealed. Credit: @planegrrl/Twitter

Lisa and Maggie Simpson were based on Margaret Groening’s other children

Margaret Groening’s other children, Maggie and Lisa, are mentioned in the obituary, which are, of course, the names of Marge Simpson’s two daughters on the show.

The obituary also mentions Margaret Groening’s children including her eldest daughter – Patty.

Patty is the inspiration behind Marge Simpson’s sister, Patty Bouvier who has a twin sister in the cartoon named Selma.

Lisa Simpson in an episode of The Simpsons
Lisa Simpson in an episode of The Simpsons. Credit: @TheSimpsons/Twitter

Where was Matt Groening born? 

Matt Groening was born in Portland, Oregon on 15 February in 1954.

Who is Bart Simpson based on? 

Bart Simpson is based on Matt Groening and he apparently wrote a novel about a character named Bart in school.

Who is the voice actor of Marge Simpson? 

The Simpsons’ voiceover for Marge is Julie Kavner who also plays Marge’s mother, Jacqueline, and her sisters Patty and Selma.

Featured Image Credit: @planegrrl/Twitter & @TheSimpsons/Twitter

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