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Updated: 10/30/03
 

Bart on Campus

"I'm Bart Simpson. Who the hell are you?"

With those timeless words Nancy greeted an audience of nearly 400 on the evening of September 13th at Duke University’s Baldwin Auditorium. And just a few nights later, on September 25th, she used the same immortal phrase to greet an audience that exceeded 1000 at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Illinois.

Both presentations kicked off with a new compilation of animated scenes depicting Nancy’s extraordinary career as a voice artist. This fast-paced perspective includes such classics as Pound Puppies, Richie Rich, The Animatics ultimately arriving at Nancy’s current fare - featuring Chuckie from the Rugrats and Rufus from Kim Possible, not to mention Ralph, Nelson and, of course, Bart, from The Simpsons.

Following the clips Nancy seamlessly flipped from one voice to another as she shared some fan favorites from Springfield. She then detailed the humorous, and sometimes sad story, about her beginnings that lead up to the wonderful day she was hired on-the-spot as the infamous “underachiever.”

Nancy auditioned to play Bart for the original interstitials on "The Tracey Ullman Show." As Nancy recalled that audition, her voice morphed into the Bart we know and love. “Typically, I give a director two or three options when I go in for an audition," she said. "But for some reason, the character description of Bart was so specific, 'This is the voice, man. Hey, what's happening, man?'

She followed this tale with some delightful behind-the-scenes anecdotes about celebrities who have graced The Simpsons, including Mel Gibson and Meryl Streep, and the show closed with a halarious video, “The Day in the Life of a Voice Actor,” a mini-documentary that follows Nancy through a “typical” busy day.

Just as we see in the video, Nancy is still the anonymous star. Each campus has tens of thousands of students but even after sixteen years playing Bart, she is still amazed to discover that she “...can walk around a campus all day, and not one person will stop me,"


Nancy entertains and inspires the crowd at The Way to Happiness Foundation's Grand Opening Celebration
GRAND OPENING! THE WAY TO HAPPINESS FOUNDATION

Celebrated the Grand Opening of its new International headquarters on October 4th in Glendale California. Thousands turned out for an entire day of celebration that included music, dance and celebrities addressing the crowd. TWTH Foundation gets the messages found in The Way to Happiness book by L. Ron Hubbard to thousands of children. The simple precepts contained in the book really help to bring to life good manners, respect for others and a safer and happier world.

 
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The Simpsons,
Emmy's best friend!

Well, the best show on television is still The Simpsons according to The Academy of TV Arts and Sciences. (Rufus, from Kim Possible, is a bit miffed but, and we think he responded to the knews, "Wait till next year!" But with Rufus you can never really be sure.)

This year The Simpsons won the Emmy for Animated Program (One Hour or Less) for "Three Gays of the Condo." This Award was given out in a separate, earlier, ceremony that doesn’t get all the hoopla of the red carpet Emmys but it is a big deal to the long list of winners. Basically, there are just too many well-deserved awards to cram into one evening and not enough space on stage for 14 recipients!

Also, the phenomenally talented Alf Clausen (music), Ian Maxtone-Graham and Ken Keeler (lyrics) were nominated in the Music & Lyrics (i.e. Original Song) category for "Everybody Hates Ned Flanders" from "Dude, Where's My Ranch?". And we can never neglect the dynamic work of Hank Azaria. Hank, the voice of Moe, Apu, Comic Book Guy, Chief Wiggum and several other regular Simpsons characters, won the voice-over Emmy for his performance in the 14th season episode ""Moe Baby Blues."" This was a Jury Award in a category basically created, originally in 1992, to acknowledge the work of The Simpsons cast because there just wasn’t a category to acknowledge the “unseen” voice in Hollywood.

Congratulations one and all!


Check out this extraordinary turn out for the Grand Opening of The Way to Happiness Foundation International's new home.


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