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Nancy Jean Cartwright (born October 25, 1957; age 62) portrayed Jeannie Tyler, Morris O'Brian's former Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor during Season 6 of 24. She is most famous for portraying the voice of Bart Simpson on The Simpsons since 1987, a role she won an Emmy Award for in 1992. Kiefer Sutherland and Mary Lynn Rajskub guest starred on an episode of The Simpsons called "24 Minutes," which parodied 24.

Biography and career Edit

Nancy Cartwright was born in Dayton, Ohio, but grew up in the nearby town of Kettering. She has six siblings. From an early age, she discovered her talent for voice acting, and won a speech competition in fourth grade for her performance of Rudyard Kipling's How the Camel Got His Hump. Cartwright attended Fairmont West High School, and was part of the school's theater and marching band.

After graduating from high school in 1976, Cartwright attended Ohio University. At the same time, she landed a part-time job doing voice-overs for commercials on local radio. A representative from Warner Bros. Records heard her, and put her in contact with people in the animation industry. One of them was Daws Butler, who voiced characters like Huckleberry Hound, Snagglepuss, and Yogi Bear. Cartwright and Butler met, and he agreed to be her mentor.

Cartwright later transferred to UCLA to be closer to Hollywood and Butler. While training with Butler, Cartwright started working officially as a voice actress. During her early years, she worked in shows like Ri¢hie Ri¢h, My Little Pony, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and Pound Puppies. In 1987, she went to audition for the role of Lisa Simpson, but decided to audition for the role of Bart instead after reading his description. Creator Matt Groening gave her the role on the spot.

Aside from The Simpsons, Cartwright has worked on countless of TV shows like Animaniacs, Rugrats, and The Critic. She also had a brief role on the 1998 live-film Godzilla, along with Doug Savant, Glenn Morshower, Burt Bulos, Al Sapienza, and Al Leong.

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