Photo of Tracey Ullman Tracey Ullman

Born on Dec. 30, 1959, in Slough, England -- a famously nondescript town made infamous on the hit BBC series '"The Office'" -- British comedienne Tracey Ullman burst onto the American television scene in the late 1980s with '"The Tracey Ullman Show'" (1987-90), an Emmy-winning program that showcased her skill at creating memorable characters with the help of makeup, prosthetics and wigs.

In the '90s, she would return to the realm of irreverent sketch comedy with the HBO series '"Tracey Takes On &'" (1996-99), but Ullman also enjoyed an active career as a movie actress, working with Mel Brooks in Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993); Robert Altman in Ready to Wear (1994); Woody Allen in Bullets Over Broadway (1994) and Small Time Crooks (2000); and Jon Waters in A Dirty Shame (2004).

Ever versatile, she even tried her hand at the talk show format with the short-lived '"Visible Panty Lines'" (2001).

Tracey Ullman in Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Robin Hood: Men in Tights

1993 PG-13

It's the classic tale of Robin Hood ... reenvisioned by comic master Mel Brooks. As evil Prince John (Richard Lewis) oppresses the people, Robin (Cary Elwes) steals from the tax collectors, triumphs in an archery contest, foils (literally!) the Sheriff of Nottingham (Roger Rees) and makes goo-goo eyes at Maid Marian (Amy Yasbeck). The titular musical number, involving song, dance -- and, yes, men in tights -- is an undisputed highlight.

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  • Tracey Ullman in Happily Ever After Happily Ever After
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