She is approximately 10-20 years younger than than her ex-husband. She later made two brief flashback appearances, the first being season two's "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" ", appearing again in the sixth season episode "Grampa vs. Abe even goes as far to point out a grave, telling Homer it is Mona's, although the grave belongs to Walt Whitman. The captivating voice in Mona Simpson’s sixth novel belongs to Miles, 9, who has begun to spy on his parents. The inspiration for the character is Bernardine Dohrn of the Weather Underground. Homer is arrested but manages to escape, with help from Marge, Bart, and Lisa, destroying the base and fulfilling his mother's final wish.[10]. Mona narrowly escapes the bus before it went off the cliff. There's No Disgrace Like Home [6], The character is named after Richard Appel's wife, who is the novelist Mona Simpson. Occupation Since that night, Mona was forced to leave her family and run off with a jester. Glenn Close. In truth, she narrowly escaped before the bus went off the cliff, and is still on the run. ―Mona Simpson “It wasn't your fault, sweetie.” ―Mona Simpson. [4], Mona returns in "Mona Leaves-a" to try to make up for lost time with Homer, but he angrily refuses, saying that she will just abandon him again. We consider this date her birthday because in the identification with her real name, as Mona Simpson was with this date. She provides them the answer to Homer's bed wetting problem via movie theater. During the 1960s, while Homer was a small child, she became increasingly involved in a hippie movement and political activism. [47]Guest Stars: Glenn Close, Lance Armstrong. In the episode "Let's Go Fly a Coot", she is revealed to have met Abe when she was a waitress in a cantina and he broke the sound barrier to impress her. She later travels to the post office with Homer, where Mr. Burns recognizes her face and tracks her down with FBI assistance. Commentary for "Mother Simpson", in, Weinstein, Josh (2005). She again goes on the run, where she sends another hidden message in a newspaper to Homer, written while eating a Rhode Island-style clam chowder.[9]. She leaves Bart her Swiss-army knife, Lisa her rebellious spirit (although Lisa takes her earrings), and Marge an old purse made of hemp, asking Homer to release her ashes from the top of a specific mountain at 3:00 pm. Homer's mom dies, and as part of her will, she asks him to spread her ashes. On hitting L.A., Adele has goals. Mona Simpson is the mother of Homer Simpson, estranged wife of Abraham Simpson, mother-in-law of Marge Simpson and grandmother of Bart, Lisa and Maggie. Mona Simpson, author of Anywhere but Here, PEN/Faulkner finalist Off Keck Road, and her latest, Casebook, on the books that today inspire her. [15] When Mona gets in the van, her voice is done by Pamela Hayden because Glenn Close could not say "d'oh!" Things get worse when Mona dies and her last wishes are to have her ashes spread over the mountains, which turns out to be a plot in stopping a nuclear disaster. It is revealed in this episode that a couple of weeks before she left Homer as a child, Homer and Grampa went on a fishing trip that was unsuccessful as the boat capsized. [6], Many of the writers were surprised that an episode about Homer's mother had not previously been produced. IGN.com ranked Close as the 25th best guest star in the show's history for her first two performances as Mona. [7] Abe remained unaware of her whereabouts throughout all these past events. Clever Mona Simpson wrote a book that tells the story of a woman's divorce and subsequent love life through the eyes of her adolescent son. [13], The inspiration for the character comes from Bernardine Dohrn of the far-left revolutionary group Weather Underground, although the writers acknowledge that several people fit her description. Homer completes his mother's wish, releasing the ashes, which are sucked into a missile launch computer within the mountain, owned by Mr. Burns. Pamela Hayden, Glenn Close are the voices of Mona Simpson in The Simpsons, and Rihoko Yoshida is the Japanese voice. Character: Mona Simpson. [7] When Mona gets in the van, her voice is done by Pamela Hayden because Glenn Close could not say "d'oh!" Glenn CloseMaggie Roswell (formerly)Pamela Hayden ("D'oh!" She is captured by police and put on trial for the crime she committed. All you have to do to become somebody’s God is disappear." Mona had straight, light blue hair as well as the distinctive large, round eyes and small, rounded nose typical of Simpson family members. However, her request turns out to be part of her final act of rebellion against the system. Comments Add a Comment. Ex-Husband: Abraham SimpsonSon: Homer SimpsonDaughter-in-Law: Marge SimpsonGrandson: Bart SimpsonGranddaughters: Lisa Simpson and Maggie Simpson"'Possible Uncle:"'Great Uncle Boris"'Possible Niece:"'Mother Shabubu Grandma Simpson, Mona Stevens, Martha Stewart,Penelope Olsen, El Mono, Muddy Mae Suggins, Anita Bonghit, Mom, Sunny She was voiced by Maggie Roswell, Glenn Close and Tress … She returned in the seventh season for her first main appearance in "Mother Simpson" and also had a large role in "My Mother the Carjacker". Homer's mom meant well, but her fugitive status meant she was always … In "D'oh-in' in the Wind", it is revealed that at some point, Mona spent time at a commune with two hippies, Seth and Munchie, after life with Abraham became unbearable. She later made two brief flashback appearances, the first being season two's "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" Homer has grown sick of his mother's constant leaving and returning and refuses to reconcile with her in order to keep himself from feeling hurt. That makes Casebook a return of sorts: narrated by a boy who begins spying on his parents, only to discover more about them, and the family, than he ever thought he would. Mona is an important character to every Simpson character in the family. [20], fictional character from The Simpsons franchise, Appel, Richard (2005). Although disappointed that the last thing his mother asked him to do was "another hippie protest", Homer successfully stops the launch.[5]. [19] "Mona Leaves-a" received mixed reviews from critics. TV Show: The Simpsons Franchise: Simpsons. [15] Close appeared on AOL's list of their favorite 25 Simpsons guest stars. Alias(es) [13] There were several design changes because the directors were trying to make her an attractive older and younger woman, but still be Simpson-esque. But Laurene Powell Jobs and Mona Simpson, Jobs' sister, say their memory of the late Apple cofounder "differs dramatically" from Brennan-Jobs' recollection. Mona Penelope Simpson (née Olsen) is a recurring fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons. Mona Simpson (nee Olsen), also known as Sunny, (March 15, 1929 - May 11, 2008) was the mother of Homer Simpson the mother-in-law of Marge Simpson and the paternal grandmother of Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson. Status She initially told him off for lying in her son's grave until both realized who the other was, with her also learning from Homer how the latter thought she had died. She takes Homer and Abe to the Woodstock Music Festival, where Homer ends up having been influenced by the hippies. Brooks. [8] There were several design changes because the directors were trying to make her an attractive older and younger woman, but still be "Simpson-esque". Simpson succeeds Susannah Hunnewell, who passed away in June 2019. Mona was a strong-willed wanted criminal. One of the biggest celebrities to ever lend his voice to "The Simpsons" was the late King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. She is cremated and, according to her will, Homer is supposed to throw her ashes on a mountain, where they disrupt a missile guidance system which would have devastated the Amazon Rainforest, once again plotted by Burns. When she died, there was a video of what she wanted the family to receive and what she wanted. Due to Homer's heartfelt testimony, she is acquitted. Homer would later felt guilt, believing that the incident prompted Mona to leave him and his father. [7], Mona Simpson was drawn in a way so that she has a little bit of Homer in her face, such as the shape of her upper lip and her nose. Episodes where she has a major role are in bold. Mona continues to live on in Homer's dreams. She became caught up in the hippie movement after her beliefs were ignited by seeing Joe Namath's long hair during Super Bowl III. [7] The writers used the episode as an opportunity to solve several puzzles about the show, such as where Lisa's intelligence came from. and the second being season six's "Grampa vs. [11], Glenn Close has been well-received as the voice of Mona. He was accidentally reunited with Mona in "Mother Simpson" after he faked his own death to get a day off from work and Mona visited his supposed gravesite. The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom that includes six main voice actors and numerous regular cast and recurring guest stars. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. [11] In 2007, Entertainment Weekly called Glenn Close one of "fourteen guest stars whose standout performances on TV make us wish they'd turn up in a Simpsons Movie 2."[18]. ... "An editor once told me that my work lacked a sense of vibrant, romantic hope," she says in her low, husky voice. Marge: (Sniffs bag) Smells like concerts! Grampa Simpson is voiced by Dan Castellaneta, who also voices his son, Homer Simpson.He is also the paternal grandfather of Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson.In the 1000th issue of Entertainment Weekly, Grampa was selected as the "Grandpa for The Perfect TV Family". First mentioned Mona Simpson is first mentioned in season one's "There's No Disgrace Like Home", where Homer recalls his mother telling him that he's a "big disappointment". It's a good story about moms, dads, sisters, adolescence, love and divorce and all that happens in between. [7] She sent Homer care packages each week, although Homer was unaware of this, because of his refusal to tip his letter carrier, only collecting the packages many years later. Sexual Inadequacy", and in both cases she was voiced by Maggie Roswell. We didn't know anything about her family. [8] During this time, she also cheated on Abe, having a ménage a trois relationship at Groovy Grove with Seth and Munchie, who later fondly remembered her as a "pretty groovy chick" and "a demon in the sack", with Abe humorously remaining oblivious to this fact despite being present during the hippies' reminiscence. in "Mother Simpson")Tress MacNeille ("D'oh-in' in the Wind"), Son: Homer SimpsonDaughter-in-Law: Marge SimpsonGrandson: Bart SimpsonGranddaughters: Lisa Simpson and Maggie Simpson"'Possible Uncle:"'Great Uncle Boris"'Possible Niece:"'Mother Shabubu. [3] In the episode "Homer's Paternity Coot", a long lost letter reveals that Mona had an affair with lifeguard Mason Fairbanks, leading Homer to falsely believe that he might, in fact, be his real father. [13] The Phoenix.com placed Close in the second position on their list of the best 20 Simpsons guest stars. 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