Simpsons Star Yeardley Smith Marries Former Detective Hired to Protect Her
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‘Simpsons’ star Yeardley Smith is married!
Smith, who has voiced Lisa Simpson in the popular adult cartoon since 1989, married former detective Dan Grice in June. Grice was hired to work security at a “Simpsons” event in 2014, where they first met.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Smith, 58, did not want to attend the event due to security concerns as she had been stalked in the past. Smith had to make sure proper safety measures were in place “because my vision would be me on a box of apples with the first person in the front row literally an arm’s length away,” she told the point. sale.
Once she accepted the event, Smith was informed that a man from the Springfield Police Department would be assigned to her private security detail. “It was Dan,” she said.
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Grice, 47, also didn’t want to take part in the event because he “just knew it probably wouldn’t be fun”.
When approached for the job, Grice told The Hollywood Reporter, “I looked around at the other detectives, including my brother. It was summertime and I thought, let these guys through. time with the families since they all have kids. I’m single and don’t have kids, I thought I could do that.”
Grice shared that he recognized Smith from “The Legend of Billie Jean” and “Maximum Overdrive,” but admitted he didn’t know she voiced Lisa Simpson.
Grice met Smith at the gate of the Oregon airport and spent the rest of the day with her, which Smith remembers as “the best day”.
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After Smith’s stay in Oregon was over, Grice was eager to show him a photo he had taken on a recent trip to Singapore, but couldn’t find it. Smith gave her his phone number so he could share the photo with her later.
Smith said the duo exchanged text messages but there was no pressure. Smith has been married twice and Grice was focused on his career goals at the time. Eventually, Grice made a trip to Los Angeles to visit Smith and the rest is history.
Smith was married to Christopher Grove for two years in 1990 and remarried Daniel Erickson in 2002 before separating in 2008.
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The couple got engaged in August 2018 and planned to tie the knot in March 2021, but have postponed their wedding twice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I have a feeling of giggles when I think about it because Dan didn’t want to go to that event and I didn’t want to go to that event, but something bigger than us was like, ‘No, no, Listen, you two are going to meet and it’s going to work out. You just have to have faith,” she told the outlet. “We’ve seen it in movies and you always wonder, wouldn’t it be great if life was like that? Sometimes it is.”