‘The Simpsons’ star Yeardley Smith is getting married after a chance meeting

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Yeardley Smith married a former detective she met at an event in Springfield that neither of them wanted to go to.

The 58-year-old star – best known as the voice of Lisa Simpson on ‘The Simpsons’ – tied the knot with Dan Grice last month after they first met by chance in 2014.

She told The Hollywood Reporter, “I get a giggling feeling thinking about it because Dan didn’t want to go to this event and I didn’t want to go to this event but something bigger than we said, ‘No, no, listen , you two will meet and it will work out. You just have to have faith.’

“We’ve seen it in movies and you always wonder, wouldn’t it be great if life was like this? Sometimes it is.”

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Yeardley declined to attend the Simpsons-themed mural event in town, organized to mark the animated series’ 25th anniversary, for safety reasons.

However, she agreed and was told that the Springfield Police Department would hire a plainclothes detective to protect her, which ended up being Dan.

He himself thought the event was “not fun,” so he had reservations himself until his manager asked for volunteers.

He explained: “I looked around the room at the other detectives, including my brother. It was summer and I thought let these guys have family time since they all have kids.

“I’m single and I don’t have any kids, I figured I could do it.”

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He would then escort her to and from the event, having met her at the airport gate the previous day.

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Before she had to fly back to Los Angeles, Dan wanted to share a photo from a recent trip to Singapore but was having trouble finding it, so they exchanged numbers so he could text it.

They exchanged messages before he eventually visited her in LA and she began reciprocating with trips to Springfield, Oregon.

They got engaged in the summer of 2018 and originally planned to tie the knot in March 2021 before the COVID-19 pandemic caused their plans to be delayed twice.

Reflecting on the day, Yeardley – who has previously been divorced twice – said: “No one can say that we got involved in this. It felt really natural and really beautiful. I had a great time, which I don’t think every bride can say.”

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