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Wax, Ruby (1953-)

Actor, Writer, Presenter

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A quick-thinking, fast-talking stand-up comedian who, following a spell at the Royal Shakespeare Company, established herself in the UK as a top comedy performer and writer. Aside from her straight comedy duties, she has also presented a string of idiosyncratic and lively documentaries, looking at many diverse themes including her own parents (Miami Memoirs, Channel 4, 1989); school reunions (Class of 69, Channel 4, 1989) and new age searches for the meaning of life (Ruby Takes A Trip, BBC, 1991). She has also hosted a number of celebrity chat shows (The Full Wax, BBC, 1991-94; Ruby Wax Meets..., BBC, 1996-97; Ruby, BBC, 1997-2002) and unlikely celebrity profiles (with the likes of Pamela Anderson, Imelda Marcos and the Duchess of York), all characterised by her sardonic, sometimes outrageous, witticisms.

As an actress, she appeared in (and co-wrote) sitcom Girls On Top (ITV, 1983-86) and she is credited as 'script editor' on Absolutely Fabulous (BBC, 1992-95; 2001-), a programme that itself features many instances of Wax-like, New York style sardonic one-liners. In 2002 she published How Do You Want Me?, a reminiscence of her life so far that was unflinching in its description of turbulent times, her volatile relationship with her parents and subsequent nervous breakdown and recovery.

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