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Tracey Ullman

A multifaceted comedienne who created a vast array of characters, Tracey Ullman is 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 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, 1996–1999) and Tracey Ullman: Live and Exposed (HBO, 2005), a one-woman show that explored her origins and background, playing multiple characters which trace her childhood up to her early days in show business. She earned two more Emmy nods, including one for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.

After voicing Nell Van Dort and Hildegarde in Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) and playing Mother Nature in Amy Heckerling's direct-to-DVD romantic comedy I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007), Ullman returned to cable for another critically acclaimed sketch series.

Currently, Ullman produces and stars on the Showtime series Tracey Ullman's State of the Union. She lampoons American political, social and pop culture issues and is confirmed as one of the funniest and most popular comic actors of her generation.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2008.
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Tracey Ullman Facts

OccupationComedian, Actress
BirthdayDecember 20, 1959 (63)
BirthplaceSlough, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom
Awards1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Female Actor in a Comedy Series (for Tracey Takes On…)
1988 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy (for The Tracey Ullman Show)

Selected Filmography

Tracey Ullman's State of the Union: Complete Season One
Tracey Takes On... Season 1
Tracey Ullman in The Trailer Tales
Tracey Ullman: Live & Exposed
Episode 1
Tracey Takes On... Complete Seasons 3 & 4
Tracey Ullman's State Of The Union Season 3
Tracey Ullman's State of the Union: Complete Season Two
Tracey Ullman's Show
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