Fast Facts

  • Made her Broadway debut in 1995 as a replacement for Jan in the revival of Grease.
  • Featured in small but memorable roles in films including Never Been Kissed, American Beauty and Fever Pitch.
  • Created the role of Tracy Turnblad, a plump teen who shakes things up on a TV dance show in 1962 Baltimore, in the 2002 Broadway musical Hairspray.
  • Was diagnosed with cervical cancer and had to undergo a hysterectomy months before appearing in Hairspray. She initially kept her illness a secret out of fear that she would be replaced in the musical.
  • Appeared on the short-lived TV comedy Stacked, which starred Pamela Anderson. Winokur's husband, Judah Miller, was a writer for the series.
  • Competed in Season 6 of ABC's Dancing With the Stars, with partner Tony Dovolani.
  • Was one of the original six co-hosts of CBS's The Talk (2010), but left the show in 2011.
  • In 2012, she dieted and dropped more than 60 pounds.


  • 2003, Tony — Actress (Musical): Winner


  • Maxine Winokur — Mother
  • Zev Isaac Miller — Son
  • Michael Winokur — Father
  • Judah Miller — Husband


  • American Music and Dramatic Academy, New York, New York, United States (1993)

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  • Birth Place: Bedford Village, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Singer

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