Ruby Wax is an American-British actress, comedian, writer, mental health campaigner, as well as a lecturer. Initially, she starred in the sitcom “Girls on Top” (1985-1986), and then, she rose to face as a comic interviewer, playing up to British perceptions of the strident American style, in shows including “The Full Wax” (1991-1994), “Ruby Wax Meets…” (1994-1998), “Ruby” (1997-2000), and “The Ruby Wax Show” (2002). In addition to this, she also went on to become the script editor for the BBC sitcom “Absolutely Fabulous” (1992-2012), where she appeared in two episodes. She was appointed an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2015 Special Honours for services to mental health. Her memoirs, How Do You Want Me? (2002) and Sane New World (2013), reached number one on the Sunday Times bestseller list. She was one of the celebrity contestants on “Comic Relief does Fame Academy”, which was a spin-off from the BBC’s “Fame Academy” with all proceeds donated to Comic Relief. Although not a good singer, Wax made it to the final, taking runner-up position to Will Mellor.
Ruby Wax speaks out on her ‘car crash’ Donald Trump interview
Ruby Wax revealed her worst interview of all time, which ended up with her being thrown off Donald Trump’s plane. She opened up about her most difficult interviewee – Donald Trump. Ahead of the comedian’s relaunch of her Nineties series Ruby Wax Meets, the new version takes a look back at some of the most iconic interviews of her time, and she likened meeting the former US President to a “car-crash”. She has sat down with a number of big names across the world including Pamela Anderson and OJ Simpson, and during the three-part BBC Two show, she will discuss her most memorable encounters. But when asked in a new interview about her most difficult interviewee, her answer came with no hesitation. “Oh, Donald Trump!” she exclaimed, “That was a car crash. She went on to reveal he “threw” her off his plane in the true dramatic fashion to the controversial reality TV star came to be known for. “I thought he was joking when he said he wanted to be the president,” she told PA.
What is Ruby Wax Known For?
- Being an actress, comedian, writer, mental health campaigner, and lecturer.
- For her work in Girls on Top (1985-1986), The Full Wax (1991-1994), Ruby Wax Meets… (1994-1998), Ruby (1997-2000), and The Ruby Wax Show (2002).
What is Ruby Wax Birth Name?
Ruby Wax was born on 19th April 1953 in Evanston, Illinois, the USA with the birth name of Ruby Wachs. She is American-British by nationality and she came from American-White ethnic background. She is the daughter of her father, Edward Wachs, and her mother, Berthe Wachs. She was raised Jewish in Illinois and her father was a wealthy sausage manufacturer whereas her mother was a qualified accountant. Her present age is 68 as of 2021. Her parents were Austrian Jews who left Austria in the year 1938 due to the Nazi threats. Once settled in Chicago, her father changed the way that the family surname was spelled from Wachs to Wax. Aries is her zodiac sign and she follows the Judaism religion.
About her educational background, she herself majored in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, but left after a year without completing her degree. She moved to the UK and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. In September 2013, Wax graduated from Kellogg College, Oxford with a master’s degree in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. She had previously earned a postgraduate certificate in psychotherapy and counseling from Regent’s College in London.
Ruby Wax Career Timeline
- Ruby Wax began her acting career as a straight actress at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. There, she was on a long-standing writing and directing partnership with Alan Rickman, who later was to direct most of her stage comedy shows.
- Then, she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, working alongside Juliet Stevenson in “Measure for Measure” in 1978.
- In the same year, she appeared in “Love’s Labours Lost”, “Sore Throats” and “The Way of the World”.
- She also contributed a chapter to the 1990 book, “For Ian Charleson: A Tribute”.
- She appeared as an American track fan in Charleson’s breakthrough film, “Chariots of Fire” in 1981.
- She made a one-off appearance in a 1980 episode of “The Professionals”, “Bloodsports”, playing Lonnie, an American student.
- In 1981, she appeared in the follow-up to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, called “Shock Treatment”.
- She briefly appeared as a secretary in “Omen III: The Final Conflict”.
- She starred as loud-mouthed American actress Shelley DuPont on the British sitcom “Girls on Top” in 1985.
- She was also given her own comedy chat show “Don’t Miss Wax”, on Channel 4 in the year 1987. Moreover, she was hired as a radio presenter by the Superstation, an overnight sustaining service for commercial radio in the UK.
- She then appeared in the Red Dwarf episode “Timeslides” in December 1989.
- She began working with the BBC in 1991, with the show “The Full Wax” (1991-1994).
- In the year 1994, “Ruby Wax Meets Madonna” aired on the BBC, followed by the series “Ruby Wax Meets…” (1996-1998), in which she interviewed public figures such as Imelda Marcos, O. J. Simpson, and Pamela Anderson.
- “Ruby Wax Meets…” was nominated for a 1997 BAFTA Award (credited to Clive Tulloh and Don Boyd), for an interview with Sarah, Duchess of York, an interview which attracted an audience of over 14 million viewers.
- In addition, she made two guest appearances in “Absolutely Fabulous”, a program on which she served as script editor throughout the run of the series.
- From November 2001 to June 2002 she presented a TV quiz show broadcast on BBC1 called “The Waiting Game”.
- Her final BBC interview series aired in the year 2003.
- In the year 2005, she appeared as a cleaner in the music video to McFly’s Comic Relief song “All About You”.
- In the year 2002, she became the host of Commercial Breakdown.
- She also wrote her memoir, “How Do You Want Me?”, which became a best-seller according to the Sunday Times best-seller list.
- In March 2003, she was one of the celebrity contestants on “Comic Relief does Fame Academy”, which was a spin-off from the BBC’s “Fame Academy”. She made it to the final, taking runner-up position to Will Mellor.
- She appeared in a supporting role opposite Olivia Williams and Andie MacDowell in the 2005 film “Tara Road”.
- In September and October 2005, she appeared as a celebrity contestant in “Ant & Dec’s Gameshow Marathon”, progressing through to “Sale of the Century” before getting knocked out.
- In summer 2006, she was a celebrity showjumper in the BBC’s Sport Relief event “Only Fools on Horses”.
- Likewise, she presented “Cirque de Celebrité” on Sky One in the year 2006.
- She then appeared in an episode of “Jackass” where she participated in the Gumball 3000.
- In March 2009, she returned to Comic Relief to take part in “Comic Relief Does The Apprentice”.
- Next, she appeared in the 2011 Comic Relief in “Comic Relief Does Master Chef” in which she prepared an appetiser for the Prime Minister, David Cameron.
- On 1st April 2009, “Ruby Wax Goes Dutch” premiered on Dutch television network NET 5.
- Her 2010 stand-up show “Losing It” deals with her experience of clinical depression which was played in London at the Duchess Theatre in the year 2011.
- She also founded the mental health website (which is now part of the SANE mental health charity) in 2011 in response to the audience’s reaction to her theatre show.
- In June 2015, she was appointed Visiting Professor in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Surrey.
- She published a book called “Sane New World”, which became a number one best-seller in 2013 which as then followed by “A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled”, published in January 2016.
- Moreover, she was appointed as Chancellor of the University of Southampton, commencing her duties from 1st May 2019.
- She also teaches business communication in both the public and private sectors. Clients include Deutsche Bank, the UK Home Office, and Skype.
Who is Ruby Wax married to?
Ruby Wax is a married woman. She tied the knot to her third husband, Ed Bye (television producer and director) in 1988. They have three children named Max (born 1988), Madeleine (born 1990), and Marina (born 1993). As of today, the happily married couple is enjoying their present life happily without any disturbances. Her sexual orientation is straight.
Ruby Wax firstly married her ex-husband, Andrew Porter in 1976 and got divorced in 1980. After that, she married her second ex-husband, Trevor Walton in 1981.
How much is Ruby Wax Net Worth?
Ruby Wax is a successful actress, comedian, writer, mental health campaigner, and lecturer. The net worth of Ruby Max is estimated to have $4 Million as of 2021. Her mains source of wealth comes from the entertainment industry. Her salary and other income details are unavailable at a moment. However, she is living a luxurious lifestyle right now.
How much does Ruby Wax weigh?
Ruby Wax is a very beautiful woman. She stands tall at the perfect height of 5 feet 2 inches or 1.57 m. Her body weight consists of 55 Kg. She has a pair of dark brown eyes color and her hair color is blonde. Her other body measurements such as hip size, waist size, dress size, and more are unknown at present. Her body type is average and she has got a healthy body. She has a very charming smile with a glowing face attracting a lot of people towards her.
Ruby Wax has been very open about her own depression. She made an online series on mental health issues for the BBC and has worked with mental health charities. This was recognized in 2015 when she was appointed as an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2015 Special Honours for services to mental health. In an episode of the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? in 2017, she revealed that her great-grandmother and great-aunt had been committed to mental asylums in Brno and Vienna as they were incurably “agitated”. In 2019, she fell off a horse while she was on holiday, severely injuring her back due to which she had to cancel her show How To Be Human at the Edinburgh Festival as a result of her injuries.