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 series, Tracey Takes On....

The special, which was originally shot as a pilot for a possible series,[1] spotlighted 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 in her make-up trailer as she makes up celebrities for film and television. She also reveals tales about her family and her home life which includes her son Buddy, and her pig, Oinky. The celebrity in Ruby's chair for this particular episode is actress, Debbie Reynolds.[2]


While the special's main focus is Ruby Romaine, Ullman also plays two additional characters. One, Ruby's Russian prostitute neighbor Svetlana. The second, Pepper Kane, an African-American former-actress-turned-manager to her rapper grandson, Slurr-P. Pepper is a woman who as a young girl Ruby did make-up on to make her look Caucasian.

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...).


The main Ruby recount is the story about her retirement from the make-up industry[4] and the events that followed, including her decision to return to the business.


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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