Marissa Jaret Winokur

Actress
Like so many great Hollywood success stories, Marissa Jaret Winokur's ascent to fame started with a chance discovery by a top talent, which led to the role of a lifetime. In Winokur's case, it was a bit part as a fast ... Read more »
Born: 02/02/1973 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (32)

Playing House 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Melissa & Joey 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Blackjack 2003 - 2004, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Ghost Stories 2003 - 2004, 2008 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dance Your Ass Off 2003 - 2004, 2008 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Host

Dharma & Greg 1998 - 2001, 2003 - 2004, 2008 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Felicity 1998 - 2001, 2003 - 2004, 2008 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Moesha 1998 - 2001, 2003 - 2004, 2008 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nikki 1998 - 2004, 2008 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual A Home for the Holidays 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Steve Harvey Show 1998 - 1999, 2003 - 2004, 2008 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Talk 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Host

Dance Your Ass Off Reunion 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

Dance Your Ass Off: The Weight is Over 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

It Was One of Us 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Stacked 2004 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2005 Billboard Music Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Fever Pitch 2005 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

The 58th Annual Tony Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

City Guys 1997 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Just Shoot Me 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

On Edge 2000 (Movie)

Wendy Wodinski (Actor)

Scary Movie 2000 (Movie)

Garage Victim (Actor)

American Beauty 1999 (Movie)

Mr Smiley's Counter Girl (Actor)

Never Been Kissed 1999 (Movie)

Sheila (Actor)

Beautiful Girl (TV Show)

Actor

On the Edge (TV Show)

Actor

Role of a Lifetime (TV Show)

Actor

Shrek the Halls (TV Show)

Voice
Music (1)

Son of the Mask 2005 (Movie)

("Baby Face") (Song Performer)

Biography

Like so many great Hollywood success stories, Marissa Jaret Winokur's ascent to fame started with a chance discovery by a top talent, which led to the role of a lifetime. In Winokur's case, it was a bit part as a fast food restaurant employee in "American Beauty" (1999) that caught the eye of film and stage director Rob Marshall. The "Chicago" (2002) director recommended her for the role of Tracy Turnblad - the plus-sized heroine of the Broadway musical version of "Hairspray" - and the rest was history. For her performance in "Hairspray," Winokur brought home a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress. With several small guest roles already under her belt, Winokur was soon landing the lead in TV movies like "Beautiful Girl" (2003) and regular cast parts on such series as the Pamela Anderson sitcom, "Stacked" (Fox, 2005-06). An admirable run for the coveted disco ball trophy during the 2008-09 season of the popular competition series, "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ) led to other offers, including hosting duties on the daytime program "The Talk" (CBS, 2010- ). Winokur continued to act as well, taking on a regular cast role on the sitcom "Retired at 35" (TV Land, 2011- ) after departing from the daytime talk show. A multi-dimensional performer with bona fide audience appeal, Winokur brought her infectious upbeat charm to each new endeavor.

Relationships

Judah Miller Writer

Husband
Met when she co-starred on "Stacked" (FOX) and he was a writer on the show married October 7, 2006

Zev Miller

Son
Carried to term by a surrogate mother and born on July 22, 2008 father, Judah Miller

Michael Winokur

Father

Maxine Winokur

Mother

EDUCATION

The American Musical and Dramatic Academy

New York , New York
Graduated from the integrated program

Fox Lane High School

Bedford , New York
Was a cheerleader and captain of her high school soccer team

Milestones

2009

Hosted the first season of "Dance Your Ass Off" on the Oxygen Network

2008

Cast on the ABC reality series "Dancing with the Stars" as a celebrity contestant

2007

Joined Nikki Blonsky and Ricki Lake in singing "Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now" on the Hairspray soundtrack

2005

Appeared opposite Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon in the baseball comedy "Fever Pitch"

2005

Made series regular debut in the FOX series, "Stacked" as an accident-prone bookstore employee

2003

Played the lead (also executive produced) in the ABC Family TV movie "Beautiful Girl"

2002

Played the lead role of Tracy Turnblad in the musical adaptation of cult director John Waters’ film, "Hairspray"

2000

Appeared on an episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO) as a woman who tangles with Larry David over a doctor’s appointment

1999

Feature debut, the Drew Barrymore comedy, "Never Been Kissed"

1999

Had a memorable role as a fast food counter girl in "American Beauty"

1998

Featured on an episode of "The Steve Harvey Show" (WB

1995

Joined the Broadway revival of "Grease" as Pink Lady Jan

1994

Cast in the national touring company of "Grease"

Hired by Rob Marshall for the role of Tracy Turnblad; Marshall later left the production and was replaced by Jack O'Brien

Bonus Trivia

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During the early development stages of "Hairspray," Winokur was diagnosed with cervical cancer. She underwent treatment for the disease, including a hysterectomy, without revealing her condition to anyone except her immediate family out of fear that she would be replaced in the musical.

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