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Ruby Wax is Johnnie's My 70s guest this week, sharing her recollections of the decade.

Actress, comedienne, author and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax joins Johnnie for this week's show.

Ruby was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois. She came to the UK and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. Ruby began her acting career as a straight actress at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, where she began a long-standing writing and directing partnership with Alan Rickman, who later was to direct most of her stage comedy shows. She joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1978.

Her TV career began in the mid 1980's with Girls on Top (1985–86), but she found her niche as a comic interviewer, with TV shows including The Full Wax (1991–94) and Ruby Wax Meets... (1994–98). She was also the script editor for the sitcom Absolutely Fabulous (1992–2012). Her memoirs, How Do You Want Me? (2002), reached the Sunday Times best-seller list.

Ruby first studied psychology at the University of California, Berkeley but did not complete her degree. In 2013 she gained a master's degree in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy from Oxford University. In 2015, she was appointed a Visiting Professor in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Surrey.

Ruby's new book, 'How To Be Human' is out now.

1 hour, 56 minutes

Music Played

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  • Pratt & McClain

    Happy Days

    • Television's Greatest Hits Volume 3 70s & 80s.
    • Silva Screen Records Ltd.
  • Queen

    Don't Stop Me Now

    • Jazz.
    • Island.
    • 12.
  • David Bowie


    • David Bowie - Best Of Bowie.
    • EMI.
  • Electric Light Orchestra

    Mr. Blue Sky

    • The Very Best Of.
    • Frontiers Records.
    • T1.
  • Thin Lizzy

    The Boys Are Back In Town

    • (Single).
    • Vertigo.
    • 10.
  • Status Quo

    Down Down

    • Whatever You Want - V.Best Of Status.
    • Polygram Tv.
  • Johnny Bristol

    Hang On In There Baby

    • And They Danced All Night.
    • Debutante.
  • Steve Miller Band

    Fly Like An Eagle

    • The Steve Miller Band - Greatest Hits 1974-78.
    • Capitol Records.
  • Diana Ross & The Supremes

    Someday We'll Be Together

    • Diana Ross & The Supremes - 40 Motown.
    • Polygram Tv.
  • Waylon Jennings

    Dream Baby

    • Waylon Jennings.
    • The Henry Hadaway Organisation Ltd.
    • 11.
  • Rod Stewart

    Reason To Believe

    • The Greatest Love II (Disc 2).
    • Telstar.
  • Roberta Flack

    Killing Me Softly With His Song

    • The Best Of Roberta Flack.
    • Atlantic.
    • 3.
  • Bruce Springsteen

    Thunder Road

    • The Essential Bruce Springsteen.
    • Columbia.
  • John Holt

    Help Me Make It Through The Night

    • Misty Blue - Love Songs Of The 70's.
    • Old Gold.
  • Twiggy

    Here I Go Again

    • The Best Of.
    • Spectrum Music.
  • Eagles

    Already Gone 

    • The Very Best Of The Eagles.
    • Warner Bros.
    • 40.
  • Blondie

    Rip Her To Shreds

    • 1977 - The Spirit Of Punk (Various Artists).
    • Virgin.
  • Talking Heads

    Psycho Killer

    • Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense.
    • EMI.
  • Queen

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    • Greatest Hits I II & III (The Platinum Collection).
    • Parlophone.
    • 11.
  • The B‐52s

    Rock Lobster

    • The Best Of The B52's.
    • Island.
  • Andrew Gold

    Thank You For Being A Friend

    • Jukebox 70's Hits -I Got The Music In.
    • Old Gold.