Matthew Abram Groening
Margaret Ruth Wiggum
Homer Philip Groening
Matt Groening is an American cartoonist, screenwriter, producer, animator, author, musician, comedian, and voice actor. He is the creator of the comic strip "Life in Hell" as well as the co-creator of two successful television series, "The Simpsons" and "Futurama". Groening made his first professional cartoon sale of "Life in Hell" to the avant-garde Wet magazine in 1978. At its peak, the cartoon was carried in 250 weekly newspapers.
"Life in Hell" caught the attention of James L. Brooks. In 1985, Brooks contacted Groening with the proposition of working in animation for the Fox variety show The Tracey Ullman Show. Originally, Brooks wanted Groening to adapt his Life in Hell characters for the show.
Fearing the loss of ownership rights, Groening decided to create something new and came up with a cartoon family, Matt Groening´s Simpsons family, and named the members after his own parents and sisters while Bart was an anagram of the word "brat".
Groening has won 12 Primetime Emmy Awards, ten for The Simpsons and two for Futurama as well as a British Comedy Award for "outstanding contribution to comedy" in 2004. In 2002, he won the National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award for his work on Life in Hell. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012.
Groening was born in Portland, Oregon, the middle of five children (older brothers Mark and Patty, while the younger sisters Lisa and Maggie). His Norwegian mother, Margaret Ruth Groening (Wiggum), was once a teacher, and his German American father, Homer Philip Groening, was a filmmaker, advertiser, writer and cartoonist. Homer, born in Main Centre, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Margaret Groening, who has died aged 94, was the model for Marge Simpson, the cartoon matriarch with the blue beehive hairdo in The Simpsons, the world´s most popular animated television series, created by her son Matt Groening.
Margaret Ruth Wiggum was born inat Chisolm, Minnesota. Her parents, Matt was from Otta in Gudbrandsdalen valley and Ingeborg Wiggum from Vistnes on the vest coast, had met on the boat taking them to America from Norway. They settled in Everett, Washington State, where the paper mill "smelled like money" and her father worked as a machinist.
In Norway there is a village of Hell (have their own award winning site on the Internet), lies 30 km northeast of Trondheim on the E6. Stone Age rock carvings prove that the district was populated as early as 6,000 years ago.