19 Facts About Ricki Lake

1. Ricki Lake's is known for her lead role as Tracy Turnblad in the 1988 film Hairspray, for which she received a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.

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2. Ricki Lake was born in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, to a secular Jewish family.

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3. Ricki Lake made her film debut as Tracy Turnblad, the lead character in John Waters's 1988 cult classic Hairspray.

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4. Ricki Lake's starred in Mrs Winterbourne with Shirley MacLaine and Brendan Fraser, Cabin Boy, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Cookie, and Inside Monkey Zetterland.

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5. Ricki Lake's joined the cast of the Vietnam War drama series China Beach as a Red Cross volunteer, Holly "the Donut Dolly" Pelegrino, for the show's third season.

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6. Ricki Lake's guest-starred on television series including Drop Dead Diva and a voice role on King of the Hill, and starred in the television movie Baby Cakes.

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7. Ricki Lake was Lake's first daytime talk show and at 24, she was the youngest person at the time to host one.

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8. In October 2007, Ricki Lake appeared in the Lifetime TV movie Matters of Life and Dating.

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9. Ricki Lake described it as her life's work for the last three years and expressed hopes that the film educated and empowered people to really know their choices in childbirth.

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10. On November 10, 2010, Ricki Lake joined fellow talkers Phil Donahue, Sally Jessy Raphael, Geraldo Rivera, and Montel Williams as guests of Oprah Winfrey on The Oprah Winfrey Show, marking the first time those hosts appeared together on one show since their respective programs left the air.

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11. Ricki Lake competed on the 13th season of Dancing with the Stars.

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12. Ricki Lake's was partnered with three-time champion Derek Hough and cited Kirstie Alley's appearance as an inspiration to do the show.

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13. Ricki Lake won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host in 2013.

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14. On February 17, 2018, Ricki Lake appeared on the British television show Through the Keyhole hosted by Keith Lemon.

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15. Ricki Lake's performed "Rainbow" by Kesha, "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga and "Brave" by Sara Bareilles.

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16. Ricki Lake was said to be a last minute addition to the panel with one of the original panellist off sick at short notice.

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17. Ricki Lake met illustrator Rob Sussman in October 1993, on Halloween.

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18. On September 18, 2010, Ricki Lake's rented Malibu home was destroyed by a fire.

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19. On January 15, 2011, Ricki Lake finished in sixth place in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Luxury Ladies Poker Event, collecting $5,587 of the prize pool.

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