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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 Eats Up ... Attention!

Ricki Lake Eats Up ... Attention!

Former trash talk show diva, Ricki Lake, underwent something she has never experienced before -- and we're not talkin' about home birthing! insertBCSinglePlayer(1439820415);She's no Lilo or Brit… READ MORE >

John Waters and Ricki Lake -- S**t Happens!

John Waters and Ricki Lake -- S**t Happens!

"Hairspray" and "Pink Flamingos" writer/director John Waters, and the original Tracy Turnblad, Ricki Lake, were at the Film Independent's Spirit Awards, where Ricki kinda gave everyone the bum's… READ MORE >

- 2371 days ago
Ricki May Have Lost John's Number

Ricki May Have Lost John's Number

Ricki Lake and John Mayer were the rumored couple du jour (literally, one day) just a couple months ago. 'Memba them?insertBCSinglePlayer(1369762151);But that was an eternity ago, and even though… READ MORE >

- 2419 days ago
Go Ricki!

Go Ricki!

Former talk show queen Ricki Lake is all that -- and a bag of chips!insertBCSinglePlayer(1328195569);The svelte 39-year-old original plus-size "Hairspray" diva was looking super fine as she left… READ MORE >

- 2457 days ago
Ricki vs. Nicole: Who'd You Rather?

Ricki vs. Nicole
Who'd You Rather?

A big happy birthday to former talk queen Ricki Lake (39) and mom-to-be Nicole Richie (26).The question is ...  READ MORE >

- 2529 days ago
Eva's Fast Break from Basketball Talk

Eva's Fast Break from Basketball Talk

With beau Tony Parker taking a break during the NBA Playoffs, Eva Longoria hit up Parc for dinner with friends last night. As she waited for her Beemer at the valet, our cameraman asked, "Are you… READ MORE >

- 2640 days ago
Only Britney and Anna Bigger Than Ricki!

Only Britney and Anna Bigger Than Ricki!

Who'd have thunk it? The latest issue of Us Weekly, with a swimsuit-clad Ricki Lake on the cover, was the third most popular story on the mag's website ever -- behind only Britney Spears shaving… READ MORE >

- 2661 days ago
Ricki Lake (Yes, That Ricki Lake) Wows the Glossies

Ricki Lake (Yes, That Ricki Lake) Wows the Glossies

The words "Ricki Lake" and "Vargas girl" aren't exactly synonymous. But the formerly flab-tastic Ricki, who's dropped well over 125 pounds since her days as Tracy Turnblad in the original… READ MORE >

- 2664 days ago
Lake in Tub Birth

Lake in Tub Birth

Of all the movies premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival next week, only one features Ricki Lake giving birth in a bathtub. If you're into that kinda thing. "The Business of Being Born" -- a… READ MORE >

- 2679 days ago
Funnier Fat? Celeb Dieters Lose More Than Weight

Funnier Fat? Celeb Dieters Lose More Than Weight

Ever notice how some of your favorite celebs lose more than just weight when they go on a health kick? Being healthy should definitely be a priority, but there's no doubt that sometimes jokes get… READ MORE >

- 2976 days ago

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