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Also Known As: Died:
Born: December 30, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Buckinghamshire, England, GB Profession: actor, writer, singer, dancer

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A multi-faceted comedienne who created a vast array of characters, Tracey Ullman was one of the most celebrated and consistently funny performers of her day. After achieving success on television and in music in her native England, Ullman came to the United States and established herself as a top-notch comic actor with deadly funny, on-target satire of all manner of social, political and pop culture issues on her breakthrough series, "The Tracey Ullman Show" (Fox, 1987-1990). Among her multiple personalities was an aging hippie disc jockey, Summer Storm; the lovelorn spinster Kay; and a suicide prone chorine. Ullman utilized her training by having her characters routinely burst into elaborate song-and-dance routines - one of the show's several hallmarks. Over the years, she rode the wave of her popularity into numerous features films, including a memorable performance in Woody Allen's "Small Time Crooks" (2000), while continuing to rack up Emmy awards with numerous cable series and specials like "Tracey Takes On " (HBO, 1995-99) and "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union" (Showtime, 2008), both of which confirmed her status as one of the funniest and most popular comic actors of her generation. ...

A multi-faceted comedienne who created a vast array of characters, Tracey Ullman was one of the most celebrated and consistently funny performers of her day. After achieving success on television and in music in her native England, Ullman came to the United States and established herself as a top-notch comic actor with deadly funny, on-target satire of all manner of social, political and pop culture issues on her breakthrough series, "The Tracey Ullman Show" (Fox, 1987-1990). Among her multiple personalities was an aging hippie disc jockey, Summer Storm; the lovelorn spinster Kay; and a suicide prone chorine. Ullman utilized her training by having her characters routinely burst into elaborate song-and-dance routines - one of the show's several hallmarks. Over the years, she rode the wave of her popularity into numerous features films, including a memorable performance in Woody Allen's "Small Time Crooks" (2000), while continuing to rack up Emmy awards with numerous cable series and specials like "Tracey Takes On " (HBO, 1995-99) and "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union" (Showtime, 2008), both of which confirmed her status as one of the funniest and most popular comic actors of her generation.

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DIRECTOR:


CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Into the Woods (2014)
5.
 Dirty Shame, A (2004) Sylvia Stickles
6.
 Searching for Debra Winger (2003) Herself
7.
 Panic (2000) Martha
8.
 Small Time Crooks (2000) Frenchy Winkler
9.
 I'll Do Anything (1994) Beth Hobbs
10.
 Bullets Over Broadway (1994) Eden Brent
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Made professional stage debut as a dancer in the Berlin production of "Gigi" at age 16
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Joined Second Generation dance troupe in England; appeared with them on TV variety programs
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Appeared in several West End musicals, "Grease" and "The Rocky Horror Show"
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First non-musical stage role in "Talent"
1983:
TV debut, "Three of a Kind" (BBC)
1983:
Signed with the legendary punk label Stiff Records; released her first hit "Breakaway" and the international hit cover version of label-mate Kirsty MacColl's "They Don't Know"
1984:
Film debut, "Give My Regards to Broad Street"
1985:
Film acting debut, "Plenty"
1985:
Played gold digger, Candice Valentine on the ITV sitcom "Girls on Top"; left after one season
1987:
US TV debut, "The Tracey Ullman Show" (FOX) playing a variety of characters; co-created with producer James L. Brooks; show also spawned "The Simpsons," which was featured in simple cartoon shorts (created by cartoonist Matt Groening)
1990:
American film debut, "I Love You to Death" co-starring Kevin Kline, River Phoenix and Joan Plowright
1990:
NY stage debut in "The Taming of the Shrew" opposite Morgan Freeman
1991:
Broadway debut, "The Big Love"
1993:
Created and starred (also wrote and executive produced) in the HBO specials, "Tracey Ullman: A Class Act" and "Tracey Takes on New York"
1996:
Starred (also wrote and executive produced) in the critically acclaimed HBO series "Tracey Takes On ..."
1998:
Played recurring role of Dr. Tracey, an unorthodox therapist on Fox's "Ally McBeal"
2000:
Starred in the Woody Allen comedy "Small Time Crooks"
2001:
Hosted the fall talk show "Tracey Ullman's Visible Panty Lines" on the Oxygen cable channel
2003:
Returned to HBO for the special "Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales" featuring the character 'Ruby Romaine' from her HBO comedy series "Tracey Takes On"
2004:
Co-starred in the John Waters comedy "A Dirty Shame" with Johnny Knoxville and Selma Blair
2005:
Played Princess Winnifred oppossite Carol Burnett's villainous Queen Aggravain in ABC's "Once Upon a Mattress"
2005:
Returned to HBO with a special of her autobiographical one-woman stage show "Tracey Ullman: Live and Exposed"
2005:
Voiced Nell Van Dort/Hildegarde in Tim Burton's animated feature "Corpse Bride"
2006:
Recounted her music days in the BBC Four documentary series, "If It Ain't Stiff"
2007:
Played `Mother Nature¿ in Amy Heckerling¿s "I Could Never Be Your Woman"
2008:
Returned to television for Showtime¿s "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union"; earned a SAG nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series
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Education

Italia Conti Academy: -

Notes

Her Web site may be found at www.purpleskirt.com.

"Ullman has an almost disquieting way of vanishing into the people she portrays."---James Kaplan in Vanity Fair, March 1991.

Tracey Ullman wanted to take a shot at portraying a black woman. "Eddie Murphy's been a white guy," she reasoned. But the show's writers and producer James Brooks had reservations and debated whether it would be inherently racist. So one night Brooks answers his door and there's a black woman standing on the threshold. He started asking her "Who are you? How can I help you?" It was many minutes before Tracey let him know she was that woman. After that she got to play the character in one of her sketches.---From New York Times Magazine

"I don't get any of that sex symbol recognition where they want to tear my panties off. In England everyone thinks I'm their nutty cousin."---Ullman quoted in London's Evening Standard, February 16, 2000.

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husband:
Allan McKeown. TV producer. Married in 1984; born c. 1947; son of a bricklayer; left school at 14 and became a hairdresser at Vidal Sassoon which led to producing TV commericals and later sitcoms.

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father:
Antony Ullman. Lawyer, businessman. Born in Poland; sold furniture, booked travel, brokered marriages and translated among the emigre Polish community in England; died of a heart attack at age 50 when Ullman was six; had been a Polish soldier evacuated from Dunkirk in 1940.
mother:
Dorin Ullman. Londoner.
sister:
Patty Ullman. Older.
daughter:
Mabel McKeown. Born in April 1986; father Allan McKeown.
son:
John Albert Victor McKeown. Born on August 6, 1991 in Santa Monica.
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"Tracey Takes On" Hyperion

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