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Award-winning actress and voiceover icon Nancy Cartwright, best known to the public as the voice of spiky-headed underachiever Bart Simpson, also gives voice to Ralph Wiggum, Nelson Muntz, Todd Flanders, Kearney, and Database on “The Simpsons,” the longest-running scripted show on television. She still finds the time to be a civic leader and one of the most philanthropic people in the entertainment industry. She is proud of her role as the co-founder of Happy House, a non-profit organization that strives to build better families. Through outreach, books and educational programs, volunteers are helping hundreds of youths in a unique and proven character-building program. Happy House is responsible for Good Choices, an after school program taught in schools, Boys & Girls Clubs, PALS and other locations throughout California, and gaining traction in other areas of the United States and abroad.
Saturday, May 17 will be the ninth annual fundraiser when friends of Nancy and the public play Texas Hold ‘Em poker and party with their families and friends on Nancy’s estate grounds. After a boot camp session with poker pro Kenna James, there will be barbecue, open wine and beer bar, live music, kids’ games, raffles with one-of-a-kind prizes including a table read with the cast of “The Simpsons,” a silent auction and much more. Poker players’ tickets are $75 for sign-ups before April 5, $100 thereafter and only $25 for non-players, $10 for kids (free under 2 years old). For more information or to purchase tickets: (818) 882-7483 or www.HappyHouse.org.
Other charities that Nancy actively supports are Famous Fone Friends and Make-A-Wish Foundation, to name a few. For the latter, she received their highest honor, the Wish Icon Award in 2007. She is equally committed to helping those in her hometown in Ohio, where she returns to do fundraisers for Project READ and where she has established a perpetual scholarship for forensic students to attend Ohio University.
Nancy received an Emmy Award and an Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Voice-Over Performances as Bart Simpson. They are displayed alongside the multiple SIMPSONS Emmys, her Emmys for Animaniacs and Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain, a People’s Choice Award, and the Drama-Logue Award she received for her one-woman show, In Search of Fellini, currently being developed as a screenplay. Another extremely well-received one-woman show was My Life as a Ten-Year-Old-Boy, based on her book of the same name. SportsBlast, one of her production companies, created and produced an animated web series The Kellys. The series was acknowledged with the Silver Award by the Houston Film Festival and also an Aurora Gold Award. Her production company also received an Aurora Gold Award for her Day in the Life documentary.