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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Quoted: Tracey Ullman on giving up her green card

Tracey Ullman, Jan. 14, 2009. (AP/Dan Steinberg)

"That was a scary moment for me... I had gotten used to the picture of me revealing my ear, looking like Spock's sister."

-- Tracey Ullman on finally giving up her green card after becoming a U.S. citizen in 2006 -- a little bit of in-joke for fellow immigrants, required to show their right ears in the photos for their work papers. The British-born comic spoke July 4 at a naturalization ceremony for new citizens at Monticello.

Washington Post

Monday, July 5, 2010

Monticello 4th- New citizens and Tracey Ullman

Red, white and blue bunting, federal justices and Tracey Ullman are on the scene at Monticello for its 48th naturalization ceremony. Straw hats optional.

One of this country’s cherished ideals is that anyone can grow up to be president. “I couldn’t grow up to be a member of the royal family, and that always rankled me,” said British-born comedienne Tracey Ullman at Monticello on July 4. Ullman became a U.S. citizen in 2006 after living in the country 25 years.

The perception of Americans abroad, said Ullman, is one of “white teeth and confidence.” She reminded the 71 newly sworn-in citizens that they’re earned the right to be Americans and exhorted them to go forth with confidence.


'Never forget where you are from,' Ullman tells new citizens

CHARLOTTESVILLE -- Swearing away allegiance to "any foreign prince, potentate state or sovereign," 71 people from 31 countries became Americans at Monticello yesterday morning.

"Never forget where you are from," said keynote speaker Tracey Ullman. "You're not supposed to."

Ullman, the comedian and actress, is herself a naturalized citizen, having been born in Slough, England.

She recalled the terrifying promise that America offered.

"America seemed to say, 'You want it? Come and get it. But you're on your own,'" she said.

Growing up in England, she remembered thinking of Americans as people with "white teeth and confidence."

Ullman had lived and worked in America for years before she took the final step of becoming a citizen. (She jokingly described her career: "And let's face it: If I hadn't headed west and created 'The 'Tracey Ullman Show,' 'The Simpsons' might never have existed.")

"I'd become an American minus the paperwork," said Ullman, whose TV show featured the debut of the Matt Groening cartoon.

After the ceremony, Ullman said having the paperwork out of the way did change the way she viewed herself and her adopted country.

"Old cynic that I am, you really belong," she said.

Yesterday was Juan Esteves Dao's chance to belong.

The 2005 University of Virginia graduate and Charlottesville resident has an attachment to Thomas Jefferson, he said.

"I was a tour guide at U.Va.," the Venezuela native said. "And, as all tour guides at U.Va., I was obsessed with Thomas Jefferson."

He said, "Being able to be here on his property on July Fourth is so incredible."

The ceremony was the 48th at Jefferson's mountaintop home. It featured an earlier start time, 9 a.m., to beat the summer heat, and a new opening -- the ringing of Jefferson's gong, said Leslie Greene Bowman, president of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns and operates Monticello.

Mentioned by two speakers was Jefferson's owning of slaves, even as he wrote that "all men are created equal."

Bowman said Jefferson had "the courage to put in pen what he couldn't live in life." Ullman imagined herself asking the president questions, ending with one about his owning slaves. "That's a tricky one, that," she pictured him saying, before shooing her to the garden.

The new citizens were also urged to strongly participate in their new country.

"Jefferson's vision for those words was more than the American Revolution which ensued," Bowman said.

Some of the inductees who spoke also addressed America's government.

"I have come to appreciate what a truly remarkable system of government the Founding Fathers left us," said Rich Keffert, a native of Sussex, England, who has lived in America for 21 years.

Speakers noticed that the ceremony was being conducted with both sun and moon in the sky.

"My grandfather always used to say that when the moon is face down, it's pouring good fortune on all those below," remarked Chief Judge Glen E. Conrad of the U.S. District Court for Western Virginia, who oversaw the swearing in.

Ted Strong is a staff writer for The Daily Progress in Charlottesville.


Sunday, July 4, 2010

At Monticello, Tracey Ullman exhorts 71 new citizens to be confident

by Cathy Harding, July 4th 01:44pm

Confidence, Tracey Ullman said. That's what Americans exude. She learned this watching the telly during her childhood in a small English village, and she exhorted the 71 naturalized citizens assembled atop Jefferson's mountain this morning to believe in themselves and, as new Americans, to exude some confidence of their own. The comedic actress and Emmy winner (seven times, as she good-naturedly pointed out to Monticello board chair Alice W. Handy, who, in her introduction, robbed Ullman of one statuette) was the keynote speaker for the 48th annual naturalization ceremony at Monticello. As has been tradition, the 70-minute event took place under a beating sun and before a full audience of flag-waving patriots and friends.

Ullman became a naturalized American in 2006, she said, because "I realized how much I loved this country" and because she wanted to vote. She recounted her first look at the New York skyline and how inspired she became after intensive study at the Museum of Broadcasting by comediennes like Lucille Ball, Carol Burnet and Gracie Allen—all women, she pointed out, who had their own TV shows.

And while her comments highlighted the affection for the U.S. that should be evident to anyone who has watched her on her own television shows over the past two decades, she allowed as to how "it's now perfect here."

"It can be puritanical and extreme," she said, adding that with a national penchant for over-analyzing, "it's like the whole nation is in perpetual group therapy."

Ullman revealed that, given the auspiciousness of the occasion and the mighty setting for the event, she wondered if she were worthy of the honor bestowed on her to address the new citizens. But then she counseled herself to be confident. She's earned it, she said, pointing to her achievement in introducing Americans to Bart and Homer Simpson, who debuted on her Fox program "The Tracey Ullman Show" in 1987. "I have made an indelible mark on the cultural heritage of this land," she announced—a declaration that earned more than a few salutes from amongst the crowd.



Examiner.com exclusive: Actress Tracey Ullman reflects on citizenship and equality at Monticello

At the 48th annual Independence Day naturalization ceremony at Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello on July 4, the featured speaker was actress and comedienne Tracey Ullman, who has won seven Emmy Awards® for her work in television. Her self-named Fox-TV show of the 1980s introduced the world interstitially to The Simpsons.

Ullman is a dual British-American citizen. Born and raised in Slough, England, she has lived and worked in the United States for 25 years and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2006.

In her remarks to the 71 immigrants from more than two dozen countries (from Afghanistan and Armenia to Uzbekistan and Vietnam), Ullman emphasized how her early impressions of America were those of “confidence,” that the American attitude was one of “if you want it, come and get it.”

After the ceremony, Ullman sat down for a one-on-one interview with the Charlottesville Libertarian Examiner, answering questions about citizenship, the American dream, and what she finds valuable in the American founding.

Subjects and Citizens

Noting that it was recently revealed that, in his draft of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote the word “subjects” and smudged it out so he could replace it with “citizens,” Ullman talked about the difference between “subject” and “citizen,” because she has been both.

She said she was pleased to learn about Jefferson’s editing, that “he changed it, that he moved on, that he made the change.”

“Yes,” she said, “I have been a subject and now a citizen and it’s interesting. I just think that we are equal. There’s no one better than us. We’re not paying people millions of pounds to be better than us,” as the British pay their royal family.

“I’ve never been a royalist,” Ullman explained, “and that [equality] is something that really appealed to me about America.”

Image of Confidence
When she was growing up as a girl in England, Ullman absorbed many images of America that she saw on television. What most impressed her, she said, “was the Olympics,” not only because American athletes won so many gold medals, but “it was the confidence,” they exhibited.

In addition, she said, “it was that ‘you can be anyone you want to be’” attitude and “kindness,” as well as “inspirational people like Lily Tomlin. I impersonated her at my school when I was like 10. I said, ‘I want to be Lily Tomlin. I want to be Gilda Radner.’”

Ullman joked that “our images of America were like Dallas, when I was a kid, like soap operas and things” but even so, when she first arrived in the United States at the age of 20, she was “very inspired.”

Citizenship Test

Since Ullman so recently went through the naturalization process, she spoke about the most surprising things she learned as she prepared for the citizenship test.

One was, she laughed, a question about two forms used by the immigration authorities, the N-200 and the N-400. That’s “a real question,” she said, and applicants had to know the difference between those forms. “I think they’ve dropped that one now, it’s a little obscure.”

She was most impressed, however, by the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence, which is why, she said, it is so inspiring “to be here, where Thomas Jefferson” lived. He was “so forward thinking,” for his time, Ullman remarked, and that is why she remembers “really being impressed with the words of the Founding Fathers, in particular Thomas Jefferson, who was just so enlightened and so brave and so incredible at that time and still holds up” today.