- “I used to play the field, I used to be a roamer
But the season's turning 'round for me now,
I finally bagged me a Homer!”
- ―Lurleen Lumpkin[src]
Lurleen Lumpkin is an attractive, aspiring country western singer. Homer used to be her manager at one point.
Homer discovered Lurleen in a bar in the middle of nowhere. She sang "Your Wife Don't Understand You" for the rowdy bar crowd, and Homer was amazed by her voice. He decided to help her launch a singing career, much to the chagrin of Marge.
Lurleen was very grateful to have someone helping her with her career, but she quickly started falling for Homer, and it came out in her song lyrics.
First, she flirted with him in "Bagged Me a Homer," which angered Marge, but to which Homer remained oblivious. Then she made an open attempt to seduce him with a seductive song called "Bunk with Me Tonight."
When Lurleen sang the song for him, it finally dawned on Homer that Lurleen was attracted to him. Later he had another epiphany, and suddenly realized that managing Lurleen could hurt his marriage, so he abruptly quit as her manager in the middle of a TV appearance, and went home.
Saddened but wiser, Lurleen then sang on the show a new song called "Stand By Your Manager," which she had written on the spot. Happily, Homer and Marge were able to make up before the show was over.
She also never got over Homer, marrying and divorcing three times—with all of her ex-husbands, despite being from diverse ethnic backgrounds, bearing striking resemblances to Homer.
Lurleen resurfaced when Mayor Quimby was aggressively rounding up citizens who owed back taxes, and was arrested. She pleaded to Judge Snyder that she couldn't afford to pay anything because all of her money was going to her ex-husbands, but Snyder was unmoved and ordered her to start paying her taxes.
Homer and Marge promised to help her get her career back on track, and Marge helped reunite Lurleen with her deadbeat father.
When her father betrayed her again (stealing one of her new songs), Lurleen retook control of her career and went on to open for the Dixie Chicks.
She still didn't have all her personal issues resolved, though, as she fell for yet another man who resembled Homer.
- "Your Wife Don't Understand You"
- "Bagged Me a Homer"
- "Bunk with Me Tonight"
- "Stand By Your Manager"
- "Daddy's Back"
- "Lurleen's Sad Song"
Behind the laughter
In her debut appearance in "Colonel Homer," Lurleen is voiced by American actress and singer Beverly D'Angelo, who reprises her role in the Season 19 episode "Papa Don't Leech." D'Angelo was cast because of her role as country music singer Patsy Cline in the film Coal Miner's Daughter. D'Angelo wrote the songs "Your Wife Don't Understand You" and "Bagged Me a Homer." In "Marge vs. the Monorail," Lurleen is voiced by Doris Grau. Lurleen Lumpkin's alliterative name (L.L.) and her feisty style suggests she is based, at least in part, on Loretta Lynn. Lurleen was based at least in part on Kathi Kamen Goldmark, founder of the all-author band The Rock Bottom Remainders, whose members included Matt Groening.
Note: All of her appearances are mostly brief background roles. The episodes in which she plays a major role are in bold.