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Francesca Marie Smith (born March 26, 1985) is an American former actress, best known for providing the voice of Helga Pataki in Nickelodeon's Hey Arnold!, along with various recurring and minor characters. Her other famous roles include Ashley B., Upside-Down Girl, and Swinger Girl on Recess.

Smith retired from acting sometime in the 2000s, but came out of retirement in 2017 to reprise the role of Helga in the Uncancelled Grand Finale Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie, and would do so again in 2022 with three Nickelodeon crossover games: the mobile tennis game Nickelodeon Extreme Tennis, the Massive Multiplayer Crossover Nickelodeon All-Star Brawlnote , and the third installment of the Nickelodeon Kart Racers series.

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  • Dawson Casting: invoked As stated above, Smith came out of retirement to reprise her role of Helga Pataki in The Jungle Movie, but Smith was in her 30s while Helga (during the movie's events) would've only been 11 at the most.
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