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

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Born in Buckinghamshire, England in 1959, multi-talented Tracey Ullman found success as both a singer and an actress. Her unique eye on the world was formed early. Her father died in front of her when she was six years old, making it a struggle for her family to make ends meet. Ever the performer, Ullman won a scholarship to the Italia Conti Academy where she trained as an actress. At sixteen, a random audition led to a short-lived contract dancing with a German ballet company. Her first onscreen credit came in 1980, when she played a recurring role on "Mackenzie" (BBC, 1980), but her career solidified the next year when she starred in the sketch comedy show "Three of a Kind" (BBC1, 1981-1983). As that show wrapped up, Ullman tried her hand at a music career releasing the album You Broke My Heart in 17 Places in 1983, and You Caught Me Out the next year. She ended up with a number of hit songs including "They Don't Know" which reached number 2 in the UK and number 8 in the United States, but quickly decided that the music industry wasn't for her. She made a triumphant return to television with the sitcom "Girls On Top" (ITV, 1985-86) in 1985, which brought her to the attention of executives at the...

Born in Buckinghamshire, England in 1959, multi-talented Tracey Ullman found success as both a singer and an actress. Her unique eye on the world was formed early. Her father died in front of her when she was six years old, making it a struggle for her family to make ends meet. Ever the performer, Ullman won a scholarship to the Italia Conti Academy where she trained as an actress. At sixteen, a random audition led to a short-lived contract dancing with a German ballet company. Her first onscreen credit came in 1980, when she played a recurring role on "Mackenzie" (BBC, 1980), but her career solidified the next year when she starred in the sketch comedy show "Three of a Kind" (BBC1, 1981-1983). As that show wrapped up, Ullman tried her hand at a music career releasing the album You Broke My Heart in 17 Places in 1983, and You Caught Me Out the next year. She ended up with a number of hit songs including "They Don't Know" which reached number 2 in the UK and number 8 in the United States, but quickly decided that the music industry wasn't for her. She made a triumphant return to television with the sitcom "Girls On Top" (ITV, 1985-86) in 1985, which brought her to the attention of executives at the fledgling Fox network. In 1987, her variety show "The Tracey Ullman Show" (Fox, 1987-1990) became one of the networks first scripted series. The show featured Ullman playing an array of roles from irascible office worker Kay, to Dr. Alexander Gibson. It was a critical smash, earning eleven Emmy awards over it's four seasons including two wins for Outstanding Variety, Music of Comedy program and the first of four individual Emmys for Ullman. It was also the launching pad for "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989-), which began as short cartoons within episodes of the show. Exhausted from performing her show in front of a live audience, Ullman decided to end it in 1990, the same year she made her feature film debut in "I Love You To Death" (1990). Her husband convinced her to create the sketch special "Tracey Ullman: A Class Act" (1993), this time shot on location with no studio audience, which ultimately turned into the HBO series "Tracey Takes On." (HBO, 1996-99). In 2000, Ullman was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in Woody Allen's film "Small Time Crooks" (2000). She returned again to playing multiple characters on the sketch comedy series "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union" (Showtime, 2008-2010). In 2016 Ullman returned to the BBC, bringing yet another sketch show, "Tracey Ullman's Show" (BBC One, 2016-), as well as playing in the miniseries adaptation "Howard's End" (BBC One, 2017), and "Tracey Breaks the News" (BBC One, 2017-)

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Into the Woods (2014)
5.
 Dirty Shame, A (2004) Sylvia Stickles
6.
 Searching for Debra Winger (2003) Herself
7.
 Small Time Crooks (2000) Frenchy Winkler
8.
 Panic (2000) Martha
9.
 Bullets Over Broadway (1994) Eden Brent
10.
 Ready to Wear (1994) Nina Scant--Editor Of
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2004:
Co-starred in the John Waters comedy "A Dirty Shame" with Johnny Knoxville and Selma Blair
1990:
NY stage debut in "The Taming of the Shrew" opposite Morgan Freeman
2005:
Played Princess Winnifred oppossite Carol Burnett's villainous Queen Aggravain in ABC's "Once Upon a Mattress"
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"
1996:
Starred (also wrote and executive produced) in the critically acclaimed HBO series "Tracey Takes On ..."
2000:
Starred in the Woody Allen comedy "Small Time Crooks"
2005:
Voiced Nell Van Dort/Hildegarde in Tim Burton's animated feature "Corpse Bride"
2007:
Played 'Mother Nature' in Amy Heckerling's "I Could Never Be Your Woman"
2006:
Recounted her music days in the BBC Four documentary series, "If It Ain't Stiff"
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"
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
1990:
American film debut, "I Love You to Death" co-starring Kevin Kline, River Phoenix and Joan Plowright
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Appeared in several West End musicals, "Grease" and "The Rocky Horror Show"
1991:
Broadway debut, "The Big Love"
1984:
Film debut, "Give My Regards to Broad Street"
2001:
Hosted the fall talk show "Tracey Ullman's Visible Panty Lines" on the Oxygen cable channel
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Made professional stage debut as a dancer in the Berlin production of "Gigi" at age 16
1985:
Played gold digger, Candice Valentine on the ITV sitcom "Girls on Top"; left after one season
1998:
Played recurring role of Dr. Tracey, an unorthodox therapist on Fox's "Ally McBeal"
2005:
Returned to HBO with a special of her autobiographical one-woman stage show "Tracey Ullman: Live and Exposed"
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)
1993:
Created and starred (also wrote and executive produced) in the HBO specials, "Tracey Ullman: A Class Act" and "Tracey Takes on New York"
1985:
Film acting debut, "Plenty"
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First non-musical stage role in "Talent"
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Joined Second Generation dance troupe in England; appeared with them on TV variety programs
1983:
TV debut, "Three of a Kind" (BBC)
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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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