Ricki Lake

Actor, Talk show host, Singer
Daytime talk-show diva Ricki Lake first shot to fame as the high-stepping Rubenesque star of the cult hit film "Hairspray" (1988). A member of director John Waters' repertory company of players, Lake appeared in several ... Read more »
Born: 09/20/1968 in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (61)

Advanced Style 2014 (Movie)

(Herself)

I Am Divine 2013 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Ricki Lake Show 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Host

20/20 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Poker Showdown 1994 - 1995, 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2006, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2006, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Critic 1994 - 1995, 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2006, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

Charm School With Ricki Lake 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

Matters of Life & Dating 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Business of Being Born 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hairspray 2007 (Movie)

Talent Agent (Actor)

Park 2007 (Movie)

Peggy (Actor)

The Naked Brothers Band 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Blackjack 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Game Show Marathon 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Host

King of the Hill 2006 (Tv Show)

Voice

The King of Queens 2000 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Dirty Shame 2004 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Introducing Graham Norton 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Ricki Lake 1993 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Totally Gayer 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Cecil B. Demented 2000 (Movie)

Libby (Actor)

The 2000 Teen Choice Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Divine: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Ricki Lake 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Behind Closed Doors III With Joan Lunden 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

CityKids All Star Celebration 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Mrs. Winterbourne 1996 (Movie)

Connie Doyle (Actor)

Cabin Boy 1994 (Movie)

Figurehead (Actor)

Serial Mom 1994 (Movie)

Misty Sutphin (Actor)

The Life and Times of Charlie Putz 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Inside Monkey Zetterland 1993 (Movie)

Bella (Actor)

Skinner 1993 (Movie)

Skinner's Landlady (Actor)

Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth 2 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Idols 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Where the Day Takes You 1992 (Movie)

Brenda (Actor)

China Beach 1987 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Rick Moranis in Gravedale High 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Voice

The Chase 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Cry Baby 1990 (Movie)

Pepper (Actor)

Last Exit to Brooklyn 1990 (Movie)

Donna (Actor)

Starting Now 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

A Family Again 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Cookie 1989 (Movie)

Pia (Actor)

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Hairspray 1988 (Movie)

Tracy Turnblad (Actor)

Working Girl 1988 (Movie)

Bridesmaid (Actor)

Babycakes (TV Show)

Actor

Based on an Untrue Story (TV Show)

Actor

Jackie's Back! (TV Show)

Actor

Loving Leah (TV Show)

Actor

Starlight (Movie)

(Actor)

West Memphis Three (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (3)

The Mama Sherpas 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Breastmilk 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Business of Being Born 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Daytime talk-show diva Ricki Lake first shot to fame as the high-stepping Rubenesque star of the cult hit film "Hairspray" (1988). A member of director John Waters' repertory company of players, Lake appeared in several of the filmmaker's subsequent films, including the Johnny Depp vehicle, "Cry-Baby" (1990). Lake's greatest claim to fame, however, came later with her dramatic weight loss, and as the host of her daytime gabfest, the eponymous - and occasionally, infamous - "Ricki Lake" (syndicated, 1993-2004) talk show. During the height of her daytime television success, Lake still managed to make periodic returns to Waters films like "Serial Mom" (1994) and "Cecil B. Demented" (2000). After shutting down "Ricki Lake," she embarked on more personal projects, including the documentary "The Business of Being Born" (2008), which she executive produced, and co-authoring the book Your Best Birth in 2009. As when she joined the cast of celebrity contestants for the 13th season of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2004- ) in 2011, Lake showed time and again that she was a multi-faceted, and formidable Hollywood talent.

Relationships

Christian Evans

Husband
Dating as of early 2011 Announced engagement on Aug. 11, 2011 Eloped on April 8, 2012

Barry Lake

Father
Raised Jewish; became Born-Again Christian Was severely beaten in mugging in early 1990s

Jill Lake

Mother
Raised Jewish; became Born-Again Christian

Jennifer Lake

Sister
Born c. 1970

Rob Sussman

Husband
Born c. 1966 Met at a Halloween party in 1993 Married March 26, 1994 Divorced Nov. 10, 2004

Milo Sussman

Son
Born March 22, 1997; father, Rob Sussman

Owen Sussman

Son
Born June 18, 2001; father, Rob Sussman

EDUCATION

Professional Children's School

New York , New York
Classmates included Christian Slater and Martha Plimpton

Ithaca College

Ithaca , New York
Left during her first year to take the starring role in "Hairspray" (1988)

Milestones

2012

Returned to daytime TV with new syndicated talk program "The Ricki Lake Show"

2011

Joined 13th season of ABC's "Dancing With The Stars"

2009

Co-wrote a book on the world of natural childbirth and birthing options, along with Abby Epstein and Jacques Moritz, called Your Best Birth

2009

Replaced Sharon Osbourne as host for third season of VH1’s "Charm School"

2007

Appeared in the Lifetime TV movie "Matters with Life and Dating"

2007

Made cameo appearance in the movie musical adaptation of "Hairspray" as a William Morris talent agent

2007

Produced "The Business of Being Born," a documentary that examined the history and financial side of childbirth through the woman's experience; included footage and details of her own "life changing" home birthing experience

2006

Hosted the CBS summer series "Gameshow Marathon"

2000

Landed recurring role on CBS sitcom "The King of Queens" as Stephanie, Doug's (Kevin James) younger sister

2000

Made appearance in John Waters' "Cecil B. Demented"

1996

Played the title role in "Mrs. Winterbourne"

1994

Third collaboration with John Waters, the satirical "Serial Mom"

1993

Hosted syndicated daytime talk show "Ricki Lake"

1992

Featured in urban drama "Where the Day Takes You"

1990

Appeared in "A Girl's Guide to Chaos" at the Tiffany Theater in Los Angeles, CA

1990

Reteamed with Waters for "Cry-Baby"

1990

Joined cast of the ABC drama series "China Beach" as the overweight Red Cross worker 'Holly the Donut Dolly'

1989

Landed lead in CBS TV-movie "Babycakes," the Americanized version of Percy Adlon's "Sugarbaby"

1988

Made film acting debut, playing the lead role of Tracy Turnblad in the John Waters directed "Hairspray"

Began professional career singing in cabarets in NYC

Raised in Westchester, NY

Landed singing role in off-Broadway revue "Five Dine, No Exaggeration"

Bonus Trivia

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"I needed someone who was big and pretty and could act and dance. Ricki had a great laugh and basically said 'I am Tracy, I can be that, I've always been that type of girl. I've always been big, I'm not uptight about it and I've always been a leader.' I'm very happy with her." – John Waters in press release for "Hairspray" (1988)

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In November 1994, Lake was arrested with her husband and a dozen others for participation in an anti-fur protest at designer Karl Lagerfeld's offices. She accepted a plea bargain that included $45 fine and four days of community service delivering meals to people with AIDS.

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In early 2007, Lake pursued an intense "new routine" resulting in over 125 pounds of weight loss, taking her to 120 pounds, down from a high of 260 pounds. In November 2007 Lake stated that child sexual abuse was to blame for her weight gain.

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