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No one knows Nancy until she tells them: 'Eat my shorts' BART'S IN TOWN: SIMPSON'S CAST ARRIVE FOR THE FESTIVAL.

THE owner of one of the most famous voices in the world walked round the Edinburgh Festival yesterday - and no one noticed.

Actress Nancy Cartwright - the voice of cartoon bad boy Bart Simpson - scarcely drew a glance in Princes Street.

But if she slipped into character and sneered her catchphrase "Eat my shorts", recognition would instantly follow.

Nancy is in Scotland for Simpsons Mania - the hottest show at this year's Fringe, which sold out in under an hour.

Unmasked for the night on stage, the people behind the voices of Bart, Homer, Marge and Lisa, sat around reading a script from the show.

Nancy, Dan Castellaneta, who plays Homer, and multi-voiced Hank Azaria, who plays characters such as Moe and Apu, bring the scripts to life.

Emmy-award winning Nancy, who has written a book, My Life as a Ten-Year-Old Boy, said: "The Simpson have become so much a part of popular culture that it is fitting we bring them to the best known culture festival in Edinburgh.

"All the characters in the show are great but I get to play a bad boy which has to be the best fun.

"But I have my freedom. I can go to the supermarket without getting hassled or stared at.

"My voice is instantly recognisable, but I can be a private person. If someone knows what I do and I put on the Bart voice, then it clicks."

Azaria, who has had major roles in blockbusters like Godzilla and the comedy Mystery Men, said: "It is a lot of fun, if a bit unusual."
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Author:Dow, Ian
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Date:Aug 15, 2000
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