Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales

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Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales
Created by Tracey Ullman
Allan McKeown
Starring Tracey Ullman
Debbie Reynolds
Paul Dooley
Barbara Bain
Glenn Shadix
Lynne Marie Stewart
Sam McMurray
Jane Kaczmarek
Cheech Marin
George Schlatter
Rose Marie
Country of origin United States
Running time 50 minutes
Original network HBO
Original release August 3, 2003
Related shows Tracey Takes On...
Tracey Ullman: Live and Exposed

Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales is a 2003 HBO comedy special starring actress-comedian Tracey Ullman, a spin-off from Ullman's sketch comedy series Tracey Takes On....

The special, which was originally conceived as a pilot for a possible series,[1] spotlights just one of Ullman's characters – Ruby Romaine, a Hollywood make-up artist in her seventies. Ruby recounts tales of old and present-day Hollywood as celebrities sit in her makeup chair in the on-set hair and makeup trailer, she also reveals details of her personal life, which includes living with her shell shock Vietnam-veteran son Buddy, and their pot-bellied pig, Oinky. The celebrity in Ruby's chair for this particular episode is actress Debbie Reynolds.[2]

The working title for the project was Ruby Romaine, Trailer Trash,[3] this was Ullman's directorial debut (aside from directing second unit during the fourth season of her series Tracey Takes On...).


Ruby recounts the time she decided to retire from the makeup industry and the events that followed, including her decision to return to the business.[4]

While the special's main focus is Ruby Romaine, Ullman plays two additional characters: Romaine's Russian prostitute neighbor Svetlana and Pepper Kane: an African-American former-actress-turned-manager to her rapper grandson Slurr P; in the 1950s, Pepper was an actress who was made up to look white by Ruby.


The special was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards and won a Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award for "Best Makeup - Television Mini-Series/Movie of the Week".[5]


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