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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 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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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"
TV debut, "Three of a Kind" (BBC)
Film debut, "Give My Regards to Broad Street"
Played gold digger, Candice Valentine on the ITV sitcom "Girls on Top"; left after one season
Film acting debut, "Plenty"
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)
NY stage debut in "The Taming of the Shrew" opposite Morgan Freeman
American film debut, "I Love You to Death" co-starring Kevin Kline, River Phoenix and Joan Plowright
Broadway debut, "The Big Love"
Created and starred (also wrote and executive produced) in the HBO specials, "Tracey Ullman: A Class Act" and "Tracey Takes on New York"
Starred (also wrote and executive produced) in the critically acclaimed HBO series "Tracey Takes On ..."
Played recurring role of Dr. Tracey, an unorthodox therapist on Fox's "Ally McBeal"
Starred in the Woody Allen comedy "Small Time Crooks"
Hosted the fall talk show "Tracey Ullman's Visible Panty Lines" on the Oxygen cable channel
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"
Co-starred in the John Waters comedy "A Dirty Shame" with Johnny Knoxville and Selma Blair
Played Princess Winnifred oppossite Carol Burnett's villainous Queen Aggravain in ABC's "Once Upon a Mattress"
Voiced Nell Van Dort/Hildegarde in Tim Burton's animated feature "Corpse Bride"
Returned to HBO with a special of her autobiographical one-woman stage show "Tracey Ullman: Live and Exposed"
Recounted her music days in the BBC Four documentary series, "If It Ain't Stiff"
Played 'Mother Nature' in Amy Heckerling's "I Could Never Be Your Woman"
Returned to television for Showtime's "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union"; earned a SAG nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series