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Ricki Lake

Ricki Pamela Lake (born September 21, 1968) is an American actress, producer, and television host. She is best known for her starring role as Tracy Turnblad in the original Hairspray, her documentary film The Business of Being Born, and her talk show which was broadcast internationally from 1993–2004. In fall 2012, Lake will embark on a second syndicated talk show endeavor airing on weekdays. Lake was born to secular Jewish parents, Barry (a pharmacist) and Jill (a housewife) Lake, in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York but was largely reared by her paternal grandmother, Sylvia Lake, until the latter's death from breast cancer in 1978. Ricki Lake attended Ithaca College and the Professional Children's School. Lake made her film debut as Tracy Turnblad, the lead character in John Waters' 1988 cult-classic Hairspray. Lake also starred in other Waters films including Cry-Baby (with Johnny Depp and Susan Tyrell), Cecil B. Demented (with Melanie Griffith and Stephen Dorff), and Serial Mom (with Kathleen Turner and Sam Waterston). She starred in Mrs. Winterbourne with Shirley MacLaine and Brendan Fraser, Cabin Boy, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Cookie, and Inside Monkey Zetterland. She joined the cast

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Ricki Lake -- Malibu House Fire Lawsuit Slowed Down By 'Dancing'

Ricki Lake
Malibu House Fire Lawsuit Slowed Down By 'Dancing'

Safe to say the guy suing Ricki Lake for allegedly burning down his Malibu mansion is NOT a fan of  "Dancing With the Stars" ... because he claims the show has derailed his lawsuit!According… READ MORE >

Ricki Lake -- The Perfect Person to Desegregate 'Dancing with the Stars'

Ricki Lake
The Perfect Person To Desegregate 'Dancing'

Ricki Lake suffered her first injury on "Dancing with the Stars" -- which reminds us ... she was in "Hairspray" ... and where are all the Black dancers on 'DWTS?' Don't worry ... the confusion… READ MORE >

- 1104 days ago
Ricki Lake -- Hobbling After 'Dancing' Injury

Ricki Lake
Injured During 'Dancing' Rehearsal

Ricki Lake is learning the hard way ... dancing HURTS -- and today she hobbled out of the "Dancing with the Stars" studio sporting one hell of a bruise on her shin. Lake tweeted, "Not sure how my… READ MORE >

- 1105 days ago
Ricki Lake Sued -- You Burned Down My Beach House!

Ricki Lake Sued -- You Burned Down My Beach House!

What does Ricki Lake have in common with the Exxon Valdez? Each is responsible for a super-destructive, wildly expensive oil spill ... allegedly. Lake is being sued for allegedly making a HUGE… READ MORE >

- 1194 days ago
TMZ Live: Lohan, Gibson, and 'American Idol'

TMZ Live: Lohan, Gibson, and 'American Idol'

We took your questions today on everything -- including Mel Gibson's letter to Oksana Grigorieva, Lindsay Lohan may be heading back to jail, and the bad omen for "American Idol." Plus: Madonna fan… READ MORE >

- 1456 days ago
911: Ricki Lake Fire - 'Mommy Had a Mistake'

911: Ricki Lake Fire - 'Mommy Had a Mistake'

Ricki Lake tries desperately to calm down her children as she calls 911 to report that she's burned her house down ... and TMZ has obtained the tape.In the call, an extremely panicked Ricki tells… READ MORE >

- 1456 days ago
The Charred Remains of Ricki Lake's Malibu Home

The Charred Remains of Ricki Lake's Malibu Home

Former talk show host Ricki Lake's fire-ravaged rented Maibu home is a shell of its former self.On Saturday, Lake's beach home burnt down after a couch caught fire when she was trying to refuel a… READ MORE >

- 1458 days ago
Ricki Lake -- Malibu Rental Burns Down

Ricki Lake -- Malibu Rental Burns Down

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ a home in Malibu being rented by Ricki Lake burned to the ground early this morning.The home was located on Pacific Coast Highway, where authorities had to shut… READ MORE >

- 1460 days ago
Daryl Hannah vs. Ricki Lake: Who'd You Rather?

Daryl Hannah vs. Ricki Lake
Who'd You Rather?

"Clan of the Cave Bear" star Daryl Hannah, 49, and former talk show host Ricki Lake, 41, both showed up to the same event in West Hollywood on Thursday.Question is ... READ MORE >

- 1649 days ago
AMA: Ricki Don't Know 'Bout Birthin' No Babies

AMA: Ricki Don't Know 'Bout Birthin' No Babies

There's cancer, heart disease, AIDS, and ... did we mention cancer? But the American Medical Association has its scalpels out for that evil medical scourge -- Ricki Lake.The AMA has issued a… READ MORE >

- 2283 days ago

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