Biography Highlights

In 1999, Nancy gathered up her old date books and journals, and sat down to write the story of a girl from Ohio whose remarkable voice and acting talents catapulted her to fame on the most popular, highly acclaimed and longest running prime time animated series in the history of TV.

Her book, My Life as a 10-Year-Old Boy, was released in 2000 and quickly became a bestseller. It is filled with humorous anecdotes about her adventurous journey as an entertainer and voice-actor, with more than 150 pages of a behind-the-scenes look at The Simpsons, the cartoon that reinvented sitcom and forever changed the face of American television.

Here are some of the highlights of Nancy’s life and career, dating back to her first “public performance” at age 10.


1957 “A star is born” in Kettering, Ohio to Frank and Miriam Cartwright. Nancy is raised in this small Dayton suburb, the fourth of six children.
1967 At age 10, Nancy receives First Place in an all-school competition for her reading of Rudyard Kipling’s How The Camel Got His Hump.
1969 Only 12 years old, Nancy is invited to be the youngest member of the Summer Youth Theatre Company, a group of high school students that travels throughout Ohio performing musicals.
1973 Nancy debuts on stage with The Centerville Town Hall Players in a performance of Wait Until Dark.
1974 As a member of her high school speech team, Nancy wins her first National District competition in Humorous Interpretation held at Ohio University.
1977 Nancy creates the character of “Lily Pad,” who appears daily throughout the summer on WING radio.
1977 Following a visit to WING, Warner Bros.’ representative Anne Schwebel puts Nancy in touch with Daws Butler, aka Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, Quick-Draw McGraw, Snagglepuss, Augie Doggie and Elroy Jetson. It is the start of a 9-year relationship.
Nancy attends college at Ohio University.


1978 Nancy transfers to UCLA where she majors in Theatre.
1979 With Nancy’s first demo tape in hand, Daws introduces Nancy to Hanna-Barbera.
1980 Nancy is cast as “Gloria” in Richie Rich, her first professional voice acting job, and becomes an official member of the Screen Actors Guild.
1980 Nancy receives her first entertainment industry recognition, and first DramaLogue Award, for her performance in The Transgressor, an original play directed by Michael Edwards.
1981 Nancy auditions and is cast for a new ABC TV pilot, In Trouble, her first television role.
1981 Nancy graduates with a Bachelor of Theatre degree from UCLA.
1982 Nancy is cast in the title role of the CBS Movie-of-the-Week Marian Rose White.
1983 Nancy is cast in her first feature film, Twilight Zone, the Movie.
1983-1986 Over the next three years, Nancy receives dozens of offers for voice and acting roles. She appears in the movie Flesh and Blood, popular TV shows such as Fame, Cheers and Empty Nest and voices characters in several animated series.


1987 Nancy auditions for the role of “Lisa” in The Simpsons, originally a series of animated “bumpers” for The Tracey Ullman Show, and lands the role of “Bart” instead.
1989 After approximately 35 short segments run on The Tracey Ullman Show, Fox TV gives The Simpsons its own half-hour TV time slot. The first show airs on January 19, 1990, and the rest, as they say, is history.
1992 Nancy receives an Emmy for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance as Bart Simpson.
1995 Nancy is awarded an Annie from the International Animated Film Society for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting in the Field of Animation.


1995 Nancy premieres her own one-woman play In Search of Fellini at Theatre Geo in Hollywood, and receives a Dramalogue Award for her performance.
2000 Nancy’s book My Life as a 10-Year-Old Boy is published and quickly becomes a bestseller. (more)
2000 Nancy creates SportsBlast, an internet animation development and production company.
2001 In a deal with Turner Sports Interactive, SportsBlast launches The Kellys, a web animated series about professional stock car racing showing on www.nascar.com/thekellys.
2004 Nancy takes her One Woman Show on the road to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.
2006 Nancy Records The Simpsons Movie during the shows 18th season.

If you would like to get to know more about Nancy in her own words and get the full insider’s story on The Simpsons, its creators, cast members and guest stars such as Mel Gibson, Meryl Streep and Elizabeth Taylor, click here to order your own personal copy of My Life as a 10-Year-Old Boy.

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