The presidency of the first George Bush feels like a long time ago, and that gives some perspective on how long the ever-clever comedy cartoon “The Simpsons” has been making audiences laugh and even cry at times in front of their television sets. The show that started off as cartoon shorts on “The Tracey Ullman Show,” is now entering its 30th season, and in keeping with one of the show’s most common themes, there was a celebrity guest, and this week’s guest was Jewish. Viewers who tuned in Sunday night heard the voice of Gal Gadot, appearing in animation form, in the satirical cartoon show on Fox.
The episode sets up Gadot’s introduction by having Bart think he saw Jesus after a near-death experience, giving Gadot an opportunity to try playing the part of his sister, Lisa, in the movie that Christians want to make about Bart’s experience, according to The Jewish Telegraphic Agency. The episode even poked fun at what she did at the most recent Academy Awards with Jimmy Kimmel when her onscreen cartoon depiction gave hot dogs to people.
Later in the show, “The Simpsons” creates “Jewish Heaven,” where all sorts of Jewish celebrities and other Jewish figures still exist. Krusty the Clown’s dead dad, a rabbi, is even there when Bart pays a visit, and Gadot is even there, explaining that “they like me so much I get to visit,” according to Haaretz. The episode marks the second time Jewish Heaven was depicted.
The Jewish Voice has reported multiple times on Gadot. She recently was gathering up commercial endorsements as she, the Israeli “Wonder Woman” actress, has entered into a lucrative deal with Reebok Sportswear that is reported to be worth $10 million. The major manufacturer of athletic apparel has extended plaudits to Gadot; calling her “a worldwide symbol of confidence, defiant courage, and strength” in a statement that was posted on the Reebok website.
Gadot recalled her formative years when she said, “I was lucky enough to grow up with a mother who was a gym teacher, so the importance of having someone push me out of my comfort zone and being active – and the benefits of it – were ingrained in me as a young girl.”
In Hebrew, Gadot’s first name means “wave” and her surname means “riverbanks.”
Gadot was born in Rosh Ha’ayin, and her maternal grandparents were Holocaust survivors.
At the age of 18, Gadot won the Miss Israel beauty pageant. She then went on to compete in Miss Universe in 2004 but was so reluctant to win that she turned up late for events, wore the wrong kind of evening wear, and even pretended that she couldn’t speak English.
Gadot carried out two years of service as a combat instructor in the Israel Defense Forces. It was her military background and knowledge of weapons that helped her get her breakout role as Gisele in “Fast & Furious.” In 2009, Justin Lin, the director of “Fast & Furious,” thought her fighting spirit was so obvious that he added to her character’s back story by making her a Mossad agent.
By: Scott Morris