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Mr. Burns has a mother? She must be a hundred million years old!
―Homer Simpson[src]

Daphne Burns (née Charles) is Charles Montgomery Burns's mother. She was married to Clifford Burns, and once had an affair with President Taft; Mr. Burns never forgave her. As revealed in the episode "Homer the Smithers", she is 122 years old.


Toddler Burns and his mother

Daphne had many children, including Charles Montgomery Burns, George Burns, Zeph Burns, Cornelius BurnsCornelia Burns, Clifford Burns Jr., Dominique Burns, Archibald Burns, Ernest Burns, Sarah Drew Linscott and 10 other unnamed children.[1]


From what has been seen in Homer the Smithers, Daphne has been shown to have a feisty and cantankerous disposition. As evidenced by the way she spoke in the same episode, her mannerisms are out-of-touch with modern times. instances include "Lack-wit"(Idiot), "Improvinent"(thoughtless), "Atom Mill"(Nuclear Power Plant).


Now all she is capable of doing is dialing phone numbers and yelling. It is also referenced that Mr. Burns killed her and her husband when he says that his parents’ cause of death was "Got in my way".[2] However, he implied that he may have attempted to "pull the plug" on her as revenge for her extramarital affair with William Taft, but had not expected her to live another five decades, when Homer attempted to pretend to be his mother as part of a scheme to get Smithers rehired (after Homer unintentionally disconnected his mother from the phone while attempting to transfer the call to his line).[3] When Burns almost dies, he also asks if the voice he hears is his mother, which could mean that she has died. After buying out KBBL and firing Bill and Marty, Mr. Burns comments that the lack of indoor plumbing killed his mother.[4] Mr. Burns also once asked Smithers where his "stuffed mother" was, implying that his mother is deceased.[5]


  • Her age is most likely a reference to the oldest person who ever lived, Jeanne Calment, who lived up to 122 years old, even though she was only 121 when Homer the Smithers was released.
  • She was a teenage mother, since she gave birth to Mr. Burns when she was only 18 and Mr. Burns is now 104 years old.
    • However, if she was 122 by 1996 (the year Homer the Smithers was aired), that means she was born in 1874. She could have been born around 1868, as the show started in 1989, giving birth to her son in the early 1890s.
  • She may be half-Swedish.
  • It is implied on The Simpsons Uncensored Family Album that Daphne had another partner, or was unfaithful to her husband, as Zeph, Cornelia, and Cornelius Burns all had "father unknown" listed underneath their names.
  • In the Season 31 episode "Bobby, It's Cold Outside", Mr. Burns mentioned that she and her husband, Clifford Burns died when Mr. Burns was a child, but due to the inconsistency of the Simpsons timeline, this may be non-canon. She was stated to have been 122 when she died.
  • According to The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World, Daphne Burns had an uncle named Ramses Burns, whom her son considered his favorite, implying she may be of Egyptian descent.