Nancy Cartwright is an actress, artist, and sculptor who began her career in 1980. She is best known as the voice of Bart Simpson, although she has had many other acting and voice roles in film, television, animations, music videos, and video games. Due to her continued success in the entertainment industry, Nancy Cartwright’s net worth is now $80 million, and here is how she accrued her wealth.
Cartwright’s Early Life
Nancy Cartwright was born in Dayton, Ohio, on October 25, 1957. She discovered her talent for voices at a young age. When she was in the fourth grade, Cartwright won a speech competition after performing ‘How the Camel Got His Hump’ by Rudyard Kipling. At high school, Cartwright was in the marching band and joined the school’s theater group. She also participated in public speaking competitions, and it was the judges that recommend she try cartoon voices. Cartwright began studying at Ohio University in 1976 and continued to compete in public speaking competitions. At the same time, Cartwright began doing voice-overs for commercials on a local radio station.
Her Early Career
Warner Bros. Records sent representatives to visit the radio station where Cartwright was working, and they gave her a list of contacts working in the animation industry. One of the names on the list was Daws Butler, who was famous for providing the voices for characters including Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Elroy Jetson, Spike the Bulldog, and Snagglepuss. Cartwright left a message for Butler using a cockney accent, and he called her straight back. Butler agreed to become Cartwright’s mentor to help her get into the animation industry. Every couple of weeks, he would send her a script and asked Cartwright to record herself reading it. Butler would then give her feedback on her readings. For her sophomore year, Cartwright transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles. She wanted to complete her studies but live closer to Butler so that she could try to get her break in animation. Butler introduced Nancy Cartwright to voice actors and directors from Hanna-Barbera. One of the directors was Gordon Hunt, who asked Cartwright to audition for the role of Gloria in Richie Rich, which she landed. Around the same time, Nancy Cartwright also started to land on-screen roles, including the lead in a pilot sitcom called ‘Trouble’ and the lead in ‘Marion Rose White,’ a television movie. Her first role in a feature film was ‘Twilight Zone: The Movie’ in 1983. Throughout the 1980s, Cartwright continued to do voice-over work, providing voices for television animations including ‘Pound Puppies,’ ‘My Little Pony,’ ‘Snorks,’ and ‘Popeye and Son.’ She also provided voices in films such as ‘Silverado,’ ‘The Clan of Cave Bear,’ ‘Back to the Future Part II,’ ‘The Color Purple,’ and ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit.’
Cartwright and The Simpsons
The role for which Nancy Cartwright is best known is the voice of Bart Simpsons in the animated television series ‘The Simpsons’. Initially, Cartwright intended to audition for the role of Bart’s sister, Lisa but thought that Bart’s character was more interesting. She landed the role in 1989 when the animation was originally only a series of shorts that were shown on ‘The Tracy Ullman Show.’ It then became a separate series and is still ongoing today. Cartwright’s natural voice has no traces of Bart, but she has said that his voice comes naturally to her and contains elements of voices she has used before in other roles. Cartwright also voices several other characters in the series. Despite rarely being recognized in public, Nancy Cartwright has won awards for her role in ‘The Simpsons.’ In 1992, the voice actress won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance. She was also the recipient of an Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in the Field of Animation in 1995.
Other Elements of Cartwright’s Career
Although Nancy Cartwright is best known as the voice of Bart Simpson, she has continued to undertake various other projects throughout her career alongside ‘The Simpsons.’ She has provided voices in series including ‘Rugrats,’ ‘Animaniacs,’ and ‘All Grown Up.’ Cartwright is also the voice of Rufus in ‘Kim Possible,’ for which she won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance in an Animated Program in 2004. In addition to her voice acting work, Cartwright also wrote her autobiography called ‘My Life as a 10-Year-Old Boy,’ which was published in 2000. She later adapted the book into a one-woman play, which she performed for the first time in 2004. Cartwright launched her own television and film production company in 2016 called ‘Spotted Cow Entertainment.’ Her co-founders are Monica Gill, Peter Kjenaas, and Kevin Burke. The company aims to finance, acquire, and produce television series and live-action or animated films, with a focus on international audiences. Through her production company, Cartwright made her debut as a screenwriter and film producer with the film ‘In Search of Fellini.’
Nancy Cartwright’s Net Worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Nancy Cartwright’s net worth is $80 million. She has predominantly made her money as a voice actor. However, she has also made money as an on-screen actor, a screenwriter, and a producer. Furthermore, Nancy Cartwright has made some of her money as an artist and sculptor.
Her Personal Life
In her personal life, Nancy Cartwright was married to author Warren Murphy, who is 24 years older than Cartwright. They met on Cartwright’s birthday in 1988 and were married just two months later. The couple went on to have two children together, Lucy and Jack. Cartwright went on to have a relationship with contractor Steven Bracket in 2007. In early 2008, Brackett and Cartwright announced their intention to marry. Sadly, Brackett died in May 2009 after he leaped from the Bixby Creek Bridge in Big Sur, California.
Written by Allen Lee
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