Snowden: Orwell's '1984' 'nothing' compared to NSA spying

LONDON, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- George Orwell's fictional Big Brother monitoring everyone's lives is "nothing" compared to surveillance today, U.S. secrets leaker Edward Snowden says on TV.
Fox plans 'Family Guy' and 'Simpsons' crossover event

Fox plans 'Family Guy' and 'Simpsons' crossover event

LOS ANGELES, July 19 (UPI) -- American television network Fox has announced plans for a crossover event featuring the animated characters of "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy."

Researcher: Girls need new role models

LONDON, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- A British researcher says that schoolgirls need new role models like the suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst and writer Virginia Woolf.

Colorado settles assault lawsuit

BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 5 (UPI) -- The University of Colorado announced Wednesday it will pay $2.85 million to two women who said they were assaulted at a party for football recruits.

Colorado football scandal disputed

BOULDER, Colo., June 8 (UPI) -- An alleged University of Colorado rape victim challenges the factual basis of a not-yet released book that says there was no football recruiting scandal.

Marge Simpson, All-Time Greatest TV Mom

NEW YORK, May 4 (UPI) -- New York's Inside TV magazine has tapped Marge Simpson, mom of the dysfunctional "The Simpsons," as the No. 1 All-Time Greatest TV Mom.

'Simpsons' actress stars in one-woman show

NEW YORK, April 19 (UPI) -- The actress who gives Lisa Simpson her distinctive voice on Fox's "The Simpsons" discusses her plastic surgery and eating disorder in a new one-woman show.

Diary of gang-rape victim revealed

DENVER, March 24 (UPI) -- A University of Colorado woman allegedly gang-raped by school athletes wrote in her diary she wanted to "ruin" the lives of her attackers.

Study: Uninsured children lack health care

TAMPA, Fla., March 16 (UPI) -- The gap in healthcare quality is widening between uninsured children and those insured by public programs like Medicare, U.S. researchers report.

Colo. gov. to CU: clean up recruitment

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Jerry Lewis breaks into the Simpsons

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Comedian Jerry Lewis makes a special guest voice appearance on The Simpsons' annual Halloween trilogy episode Sunday, Nov. 2 (8-8:30 pm EST/PST).

Of Human Interest: News-lite

It's a bit like dissecting love under a laboratory microscope but Ohio State University Medical Center researchers are looking at how marriage affects the health of those involved.
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Lisa Simpson
"The Simpsons Movie" producer Matt Groening (C) waves to the crowd while lined up with the characters from his television show and movie at the hometown premier of The Simpsons Movie at the Springfield Movie Theater in Springfield, Vermont on July 21, 2007. From left are Lisa Simpson, Homer Simpson, Matt Groening, Marge Simpson, Maggie Simson, and Bart Simpson. (UPI Photo/Matthew Healey)

Lisa Marie Simpson is a fictional main character in the animated television series The Simpsons. She is the middle child, and elder daughter, of the eponymous family. She is voiced by Yeardley Smith and first appeared on television in The Tracey Ullman Show short "Good Night" on April 19, 1987. Lisa was created and designed by cartoonist Matt Groening while he was waiting in the lobby of James L. Brooks's office. Groening had been called to pitch a series of shorts based on Life in Hell but instead decided to create a new set of characters. He named the character after his younger sister Lisa Groening. After appearing on The Tracey Ullman Show for three years, the Simpson family got their own series on Fox, which debuted December 17, 1989.

At eight years of age, Lisa is the middle child of the Simpson family and elder daughter of Homer and Marge, younger sister of Bart and elder sister of Maggie. She is highly intelligent, plays the saxophone, has been a vegetarian since the seventh season, has been a Buddhist since season thirteen and supports a number of different causes. She has appeared in other media relating to The Simpsons – including video games, The Simpsons Movie, The Simpsons Ride, commercials and comic books – and inspired an entire line of merchandise.

Yeardley Smith originally tried out for the role of Bart, while Bart's voice actor Nancy Cartwright tried out for Lisa. Cartwright found that the character was not interesting at the time, so instead auditioned for Bart, and Smith's voice was too high for a boy, so she was given the role of Lisa. Because of her unusual pointed hair style, many animators consider Lisa the most difficult character to draw. In The Tracey Ullman Show shorts, Lisa was more of a "female Bart" and was equally mischievous, but as the series progressed, she became a more emotional and intellectual character.

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