Nancy Cartwright, award-winning actress and iconic voice-over star who is best known to the public as the voice of Bart Simpson, has been honored by PromaxBDA with the Don LaFontaine Legacy Award.
Press Release from PromaxBDA:
LOS ANGELES, CA – PromaxBDA , the leading global association for marketing, promotion and design professionals in the entertainment industry, announced that Nancy Cartwright, the award-winning actress and iconic voice-over star who is best known to the public as the voice of Bart Simpson, has been honored with the Don LaFontaine Legacy Award at the 2012 Conference in Los Angeles. Cartwright accepted the honor Thursday night at the PromaxBDA Awards Ceremony hosted by actor and comedian Jay Mohr.
"Through her acting and voice over talent, Nancy Cartwright has put her stamp on an iconic character and helped make famous Bart, the beloved underachiever," said Jonathan Block-Verk, president and CEO of PromaxBDA International. "Her many voice over credits combined have contributed to her success as an actress, philanthropist and civic leader."
The Don LaFontaine Legacy Award was introduced for the first time as a part of the 2009 PromaxBDA Promotion & Marketing Awards at the 54th annual PromaxBDA Conference. This special award has been created to recognize voice talent and its integral role in marketing and promotion within the entertainment industry. Given to a voice of impact and someone who has contributed with their body of work to the effectiveness of the business, this award is offered in honor of Don LaFontaine’s name, memory and defining legacy. The PromaxBDA Awards competition is dedicated to celebrating excellence in marketing, design and creative content in the entertainment industry.
Award-winning actress Nancy Cartwright also gives voice to Ralph Wiggum, Nelson Muntz, Todd Flanders, Kearney, and Database in the town of Springfield. Nancy is one of the reasons the show is celebrating its 24th anniversary this year, making it the longest-running scripted show on television. She is known in the non-profit world as a generous and active philanthropist who gives of her time, energy and resources equally. Nancy loves what she does on The Simpsons, however she sees it as a means that fortunately allows her to support many non-profit organizations, particularly those that help children. Through events hosted at her home over the past five years, and with her personal support, funds have been raised to help to build a youth center for Devonshire PALS (Police Activities League Supporters). The organization and the youth center are located in the north San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, where Nancy continues to hold the position of Honorary Mayor for the seventh consecutive year. She started her own non-profit, Happy House, which aims to Build Better Families. The foundation has established the Good Choices program which teaches values and upstanding lifestyle lessons in schools and organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs.
In addition to her work on The Simpsons, Nancy has portrayed Chuckie in the cable series Rugrats, as well as Rufus the Naked Mole Rat in Kim Possible and Todd on Disney's The Replacements. With nearly three decades at the mic, Nancy has lent her voice to characters on dozens of other animated series. Nancy, while best known for her work at the microphone, is not camera shy. She has held memorable roles in numerous television series and movies including Fame, Empty Nest, Cheers, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Twilight Zone-The Movie and Godzilla, as well as a lead in the TV movie Marian Rose White.
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. In addition to her voice and acting work, she has transitioned to producer as well, starting two companies, Cartwright Entertainment, Inc. and SportsBlast, LLC., with its latest entry into the marketplace, an app called Smoke Your Tires, in association with International Speedway Corporation. Cartwright Entertainment produces a wide range of creative projects that support Nancy's ever- expanding career interests. These include audio books, animation projects, documentary works, stage plays, lectures, presentations and innovative, high-quality content that supports and expands her career goals.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.