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Ricki Lake Biography

Birth Name:
Ricki Pamela Lake
Birth Place:
Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, United States
Actor, host

Fast Facts

  • As a teenager, took singing and dancing lessons at New York's Professional Children's School, and worked as a cabaret singer for a time after dropping out of college
  • Starred in the 1990 film Cry-Baby as Pepper Walker, a character written specifically for her by writer-director John Waters
  • Appeared in both the 1988 and 2007 versions of the movie Hairspray
  • In the first she played the leading role of Tracy Turnblad, and in the latter made a cameo as a William Morris talent agent
  • Produced the 2007 documentary The Business of Being Born, which explores childbirth in the modern world
  • The film includes footage of her home birthing her second son, Owen
  • Competed in the 13th season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars with partner Derek Hough


  • 1989Independent Spirit Awards-Best Female Lead: nominated


  • Christian Evans -- Ex-husband
  • Rob Sussman -- Ex-husband
  • Barry Lake -- Father
  • Jill Lake -- Mother
  • Jennifer Lake -- Sister
  • Milo Sebastian Sussman -- Son
  • Owen Tyler Sussman -- Son