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Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales

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

Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales
Written by
Directed byTracey Ullman
StarringTracey Ullman
Country of originUnited States
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Stephanie Laing (as Stephanie Cone)
CinematographyLucas Bielan
  • Tammis Chandler
  • Edward Ornelas
Running time50 minutes
Original networkHBO
Picture format480i (4:3 SDTV)
Original releaseAugust 3, 2003 (2003-08-03)
Preceded byTracey 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...).


Septuagenarian Hollywood union makeup artist, Ruby Romaine recounts the time she decided to retire and the events that followed, including her decision to return to the business.[4]


Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient(s)/Nominee(s) Result Ref(s)
2004 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Cydney Cornell (key hairstylist), Charlotte Parker (hairstylist) Nominated
Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Non-Prosthetic) Sally Sutton (key makeup artist), Kate Shorter (makeup artist) Nominated
Outstanding Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Prosthetic) Matthew W. Mungle (prosthetic makeup), Kate Shorter (prosthetic makeup), Sally Sutton (key makeup) Nominated
Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program Tracey Ullman Nominated
Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Best Makeup - Television Mini-Series/Movie of the Week Matthew W. Mungle, Sally Sutton, Kate Shorter Won


  1. ^, February 13, 2003
  2. ^ Debbie Reynolds Online. "Tracey Ullman Special", January 21, 2008.
  3. ^ "Tracey Ullman Special", Debbie Reynolds Online, January 21, 2003
  4. ^ "Tracey Takes On... Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales", Retrieved July 1, 2008.

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