Nancy Cartwright’s National Success is Recognized Along With Ohio Natives Erma Bombeck, Phil Donahue
(October 31, 2011 – Dayton, Ohio) Nancy Cartwright was honored by the Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame for her outstanding national success that began in Dayton, Ohio. Nancy, best known as the voice of Bart Simpson, was 18- years-old when she got her start at WING Radio, guided by then President/General Manager, Jim Bennett. She reached out to veteran voice actor Daws Butler who was so impressed with her talent and passion that he mentored her long distance until she had honed her talent enough to come to Hollywood, where she almost immediately began to realize her dream to be a voice actor.
After stints on “Richie Rich” and lead roles in television and feature films, Nancy was called in to read for the role of Lisa Simpson for a new segment on “The Tracy Ullman Show,” but she asked to read for Bart. She was hired on the spot and the rest is history, as is the show “The Simpsons” which, beginning its 24th season, is the longest running scripted show on television.
In addition to her success as an Emmy, People’s Choice and Annie Award-winning voice actor, she won a Drama-Logue Award for the one woman show, “In Search of Fellini,” which she is currently developing as a feature film. She also received popular and critical acclaim for her one-woman show based on her book, “My Life as a 10-Year-Old Boy.” She is also a producer of award-winning internet programming as well as applications.
Perhaps her greatest achievements, however, are her contributions as a civic leader and philanthropist. She has been appointed Honorary Mayor of the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles for six consecutive years and holds positions on numerous boards and Chambers of Commerce. She is most proud of her participation in the success of various Boys and Girls Clubs and the building of the Devonshire PALS Youth Center and has never forgotten her roots. There is a perpetual scholarship she has created at Ohio University in coordination with her high school alma mater, Fairmont (West). Nancy continues to support many non-profits, especially those with attention on children. Closest to her heart is her own non-profit, Happy House, which sponsors the successful Good Choices program to teach young people good values.
Upon being notified of this honor, Nancy said, “I have always been proud of being from Dayton and the wonderful life I had there so this award holds a very special place in my heart. My mom introduced me to Erma Bombeck’s column when I was a teen and I was hooked! Loved her wit and self-depricating humor. As for Phil Donahue, I was always impressed that he too from the Dayton area. He was an inspiration to me as I watched him expand his show into new markets. He truly was a pioneer in this area and I am really thrilled to be in both their companies.”
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