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Overview (3)

Born in Evanston, Illinois, USA
Birth NameRuby Wachs
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ruby Wax was born on April 19, 1953 in Evanston, Illinois, USA as Ruby Wachs. She is known for her work on Shock Treatment (1981), Girls on Top (1985) and Chariots of Fire (1981). She has been married to Ed Bye since May 16, 1988. They have three children. She was previously married to Trevor Walton and Andrew Porter.

Spouse (3)

Ed Bye (16 May 1988 - present) ( 3 children)
Trevor Walton (1981 - ?) ( divorced)
Andrew Porter (1976 - 1980) ( divorced)

Trivia (17)

Has one son, Max (b.1988) and two daughters, Madeline (b. 1990) and Marina (b. 1993).
Is close friends with Roseanne Barr.
Attended the wedding of Joan Collins and Percy Gibson.
In the early 80s 'making-of' documentary of Supergirl (1984), Helen Slater (Kara/Supergirl) screen tests with one Ruby Wax.
Was "attacked" by O.J. Simpson during his 1998 appearance on The Ruby Wax Show (1997). At the end of the episode, O.J. Simpson surprised Wax by "stabbing" her repeatedly with a banana while mimicking the theme music from Psycho (1960).
Was a contestant on Ant and Dec's Gameshow Marathon, a part of ITV's 50th birthday celebrations.
She shared a house with Alan Rickman in London in the early '80s.
In 2009 Ruby Wax became the patron of the UK charity Depression Alliance, and works to raise awareness about mental health. (Interview in Spring 2009 edition of DA's magazine "A Single Step").
Playing The Grand High Witch in the musical The Witches in the West End. [March 2005]
Now doing radio and TV shows for the BBC in London; has no long-term plans to return to the States. [May 2003]
She was awarded an honorary OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to mental health.
Mother of actress, Marina Bye.
She was awarded an honorary OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) on February 17, 2016 at the Priory in Roehampton, Southwest London, England.
Despite being in England since the 1970s, she is still an American citizen with an American passport.
She was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of East London on November 3, 2016 in East London, England.
Is close friends with British Comediennes: Dawn French & Jennifer Saunders who all starred in Girls on Top (1985), along side rising star Tracey Ullman and the legendary Joan Greenwood. Wax has appeared on the highly successful BBC shows: French & Saunders (1987) once, The Comic Strip Presents (1992) featuring her buddies French & Saunders once, and Absolutely Fabulous (1992) which stars Saunders and is produced by French & Saunders Productions, many times. She has served as a script writer on Ab Fab as well and helped write Girls on Top with French & Saunders, with Ullman throwing in on two episodes.
Daughter and only child of Berta Goldmann Wachs and Edmund Wachs.

Personal Quotes (2)

On being awarded the OBE: This is the happiest day of my life. I can't believe they were talking about me. I chose the Priory as the place to receive the OBE to celebrate the fact that the stigma around mental health is becoming a thing of the past. There's nothing to be ashamed of.
I'm a misplaced American but don't know where I was misplaced.

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