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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 Divorce -- Hubby Claims, 'You Defrauded Me!'

Ricki Lake Divorce
Hubby Claims, 'You Defrauded Me!'

Ricki Lake tricked her estranged husband into signing a prenup and he wants the divorce judge to invalidate it ... TMZ has learned.Ricki's hubby, Christian Evans, claims Ricki committed fraud in… READ MORE >

Ricki Lake -- Files For Divorce ... Agrees to Pay Her Ex

Ricki Lake
Files For Divorce ... Agrees to Pay Her Ex

Ricki Lake's marriage is ending after just two and a half years -- she's filed docs to divorce her estranged husband Christian Evans, and wants out so badly ... she doesn't mind paying him to… READ MORE >

- 52 days ago
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 >

- 1154 days ago
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 >

- 1197 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 >

- 1199 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 >

- 1288 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 >

- 1550 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 >

- 1550 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 >

- 1552 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 >

- 1554 days ago

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