Ricki Lake

Ricki Lake

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1968-09-21 (52 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, USA

31 Movies · 27 TV shows

Biography

Ricki Pamela Lake (born September 21, 1968) is an American actress, television presenter and producer. She is known for her lead role as Tracy Turnblad in the 1988 film Hairspray and for which she received a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead. She is also known for her talk show which was broadcast internationally from September 1993 until May 2004. When Lake's show debuted, she was 24 and credited as being the youngest person to host a syndicated talk show at the time. In autumn 2012, Lake hosted a second syndicated talk show project The Ricki Lake Show (dubbed as The New Ricki Lake Show), which aired on weekdays. The series was canceled in 2013 after a single season, but Lake won her first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host.

Personal Life

Lake is also known for her public struggle with weight. She admitted in 2011 that insecurity caused by abuse during her childhood had caused her to become a heavy eater. By the time of her role in Hairspray, her weight was 260 pounds (117 kg) on a 5'3" (160 cm) frame. In the early 1990s, just before her talk show premiered, Lake went on a diet and lost 100 pounds in just six months. During her pregnancy with her children, she admitted to being a yo-yo dieter but after the birth of her second son, she embarked on a healthier diet and soon lost another 30 pounds which she said got a lot more attention than her initial weight loss of 100 pounds. She has since maintained her weight for almost 20 years.Lake met illustrator Rob Sussman in October 1993, on Halloween. The couple married in Las Vegas on March 26, 1994. They have two sons: Milo Sebastian Sussman (b. March 22, 1997), and Owen Tyler Sussman (b. June 18, 2001), whose actual water birth was shown in The Business of Being Born, which Lake also produced. The couple filed for divorce in August 2003; it was finalized on February 25, 2005.Lake began dating jewelry designer Christian Evans in mid-2009. They became engaged in August 2011, and married on April 8, 2012. On October 29, 2014, Lake filed for divorce from Evans, citing "irreconcilable differences". In December 2014, however, they announced they had put their divorce on hold; it was finalized in 2015. Christian Evans died on February 11, 2017.On September 18, 2010, Lake's rented Malibu home was destroyed by a fire. She and her sons escaped without injury.On January 15, 2011, Lake finished in sixth place in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Luxury Ladies Poker Event, collecting $5,587 of the prize pool.On January 1, 2020, Lake posted a picture on her social media accounts, in which she revealed that she had been dealing with hair loss that had resulted from years of depression, weight loss, pregnancy and the use of chemicals in her hair dating back to her work in Hairspray (Lake confirmed that it was her actual hair that was used during the filming: "I went from Hairspray to ‘Hairless’"), which caused her to finally cut her receding hair and then reveal her new buzz-cut (she also noted that her first talk show, in which they did outrageous hairstyle episodes, was another factor in her decision). Lake said the struggle had been "debilitating, embarrassing, painful, scary, depressing, lonely”, noting that "there have been a few times where I have even felt suicidal over it. Almost no one in my life knew the level of deep pain and trauma I was experiencing". Lake assured everyone that she had not been diagnosed with other medical conditions related to the hair loss, and wanted to embrace her new look, saying that "I am liberated. I am free. I am releasing and letting go. I am brave. I am beautiful. I am love".

Early Life

Lake was born in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, to a secular Jewish family. Her parents are Jill (a homemaker) and Barry Lake (a pharmacist), though Lake was largely brought up by her paternal grandmother, Sylvia Lake, until Sylvia's death in 1978.Lake attended Ithaca College for one year.

Movies & TV shows

2019.

3 TV shows
TV
RuPaul

RuPaul

2019
The RuPaul Show is more than just a talk show… It’s a movement! The all new RuPaul Show is building a community of people who want to spread love and joy through the world… and have a lot of fun doing...
TV
The Masked Singer

The Masked Singer

6
2019
Each singer is shrouded from head to toe in an elaborate costume, complete with full face mask, to hide his or her identity in a singing competition. One singer will be eliminated each week.
TV
Tamron Hall

Tamron Hall

2019
Tamron Hall is a former news host and journalist.

2018.

1 Movie
Weed the People

Weed the People

2018
The uplifting and heart-wrenching struggles of families who treat their cancer-stricken children with marijuana, some with astonishing results.

2017.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Drop the Mic

Drop the Mic

9
2017
Celebrity rap battles mix comedy and music.
Gemini

Gemini

6
2017
The relationship between a personal assistant and her boss is tested by a heinous crime. As the assistant travels across Los Angeles to uncover the mystery, she must stay one step ahead of a determine...

2016.

2 Movies
Embrace

Embrace

2016
Embrace follows body image activist Taryn Brumfitt's crusade as she explores the global issue of body loathing, inspiring us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies.
Hairspray Live!

Hairspray Live!

10
2016
A teenage girl in Baltimore wanted to be on a dance show.

2015.

2 TV shows
TV
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

5.47
2015
Rebecca Bunch is a successful, driven, and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything - her partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan - in a desp...
TV
Celebrity Family Feud

Celebrity Family Feud

8
2015
Celebrity Family Feud pits celebrities and their families against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to questions posed to 100 people.

2013.

1 Movie
I Am Divine

I Am Divine

2013
Divine was an underground hero. In Spitting in the face of the status quos of body image, gender identity, sexuality, and preconceived notions of beauty, Divine succeeded in becoming an internationall...

2012.

1 TV show
TV
The Ricki Lake Show

The Ricki Lake Show

2012
Ricki Lake is the host of the Ricki Lake Show. Her return to talk television was marked by the series. After several years of considering coming back to daytime with a new talk show, Lake signed on as...

2011.

1 Movie
More Business of Being Born

More Business of Being Born

2011
The Business of Being Born will be followed by an all-new, four part DVD series that continues their provocative and entertaining exploration of the modern maternity care system.

2009.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
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Drop Dead Diva

Drop Dead Diva

6.3
2009
A shallow model dies in an accident and her soul comes back to her in the body of a brilliant, plus-sized attorney.
Loving Leah

Loving Leah

2009
A man is in Washington, D.C. A doctor and a young New York woman fall in love after getting married. Benjamin is an Orthodox rabbi and Jake is a non-practicing Jew. When Benjamin dies suddenly, Jake i...
TV
Charm School with Ricki Lake

Charm School with Ricki Lake

2009
Charm School with Ricki Lake is the third season of the VH1 reality television series Charm School. Fourteen contestants from Rock of Love Bus with Bret Michaels and Real Chance of Love must change th...

2008.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Celebrity Juice

Celebrity Juice

1
2008
The outrageous comedy panel show is hosted by a man. Top celebrities go head to head in a series of hilarious rounds on the panel show.
TV
Easy to Assemble

Easy to Assemble

2008
Easy to Assemble is a Webseries created by and starring Illeana Douglas, and sponsored by furniture store IKEA. Douglas plays a fictional version of herself trying to quit acting and work a "real job...
The Business of Being Born

The Business of Being Born

2008
The documentary takes a hard look at America's maternity care system, juxtaposing hospital deliveries against the growing popularity of at- home, natural childbirths that some expectant parents are op...

2007.

2 Movies
Matters of Life & Dating

Matters of Life & Dating

2007
Linda Dackman's battle with breast cancer doesn't stop her from continuing her quest for Prince Charming and seeing the positive side of life.
Hairspray

Hairspray

6.69
2007
A plump teenager, Tracy Turnblad, auditioning to be on Baltimore's most popular dance show, The Corny Collins Show, lands a prime spot. She becomes determined to help her friends and end the racial se...

2006.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Gameshow Marathon

Gameshow Marathon

2006
Game$how Marathon is an American television program which aired on CBS from May 31, 2006 to June 29, 2006. It is based on the UK series Ant & Dec's Gameshow Marathon which aired on ITV in 2005. The s...
Park

Park

2006
Park takes place all in one day in a public park in Los Angeles, as 11 disaffected Angelenos find both love and loss in unexpected ways.

2005.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
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The Reichen Show

The Reichen Show

2005
There is a list of celebrity interviews.
The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie

The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie

6
2005
After making it to the top of the charts, members of the Silver Boulders find themselves undermined by internal squabbling as the bandmates seek different creative directions.

2004.

1 Movie
A Dirty Shame

A Dirty Shame

2004
Sylvia Stickles has a convenience store with her husband and mother-in-law. One day, Sylvia is hit on the head and becomes a sex-crazed lunatic. Sylvia attracts the attention of Ray Ray, who is lookin...

2003.

1 TV show
TV
The Ellen DeGeneres Show

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

5.15
2003
TheEllenDeGeneres Show is an American television talk show hosted by Ellen Degeneres.

2000.

1 Movie
Cecil B. Demented

Cecil B. Demented

2000
An insane independent film director and his group of teenage film makers kidnap an A-list Hollywood actress and force her to star in their underground film.

1999.

2 Movies
Power Rangers Lost Galaxy: Return of the Magna Defender

Power Rangers Lost Galaxy: Return of the Magna Defender

1999
The MAGNA DEFENDER arrives, on Terra-Venture, in search of the "Lights Of Orion": a source of power, that would give it's possessor(s) an advantage, over their enemies... Who'll be victorious - SCORPI...
Jackie's Back!

Jackie's Back!

1999
Jenifer Lewis plays a fictional star of music, stage and screen in a mockumentary. The movie follows Jackie as she falls from grace as she prepares for her own comeback. There are many funny interview...

1998.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Murder She Purred: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery

Murder She Purred: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery

1998
A small-town cat-and-dog detective duo investigate a new neighbor who they believe may have committed a murder, but locals are attempting to pair him off with their owner.
TV
The King of Queens

The King of Queens

6.1
1998
Doug Heffernan's newly widowed father-in-law, Arthur, has moved in with him and his wife, Carrie. Doug's home is no longer the king of his domain, it's now the king of Queens, where he lives.

1997.

2 TV shows
TV
The View

The View

6
1997
The most exciting events of the day are being discussed on ABC daytime's morning chat fest. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are ...
TV
King of the Hill

King of the Hill

6.33
1997
The life of Hank Hill, a propane salesman in Texas, is chronicled in an animated series. Hank has conservative views about God, family, and country, but his values and ethics are often challenged by t...

1996.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Mrs. Winterbourne

Mrs. Winterbourne

1996
The woman is pregnant. Hugh Winterbourne and his wife met her on the train. It's been assumed that she'sPatricia after she wakes up in the hospital after the train wreck. The mother of Hugh's brother ...
TV
The Rosie O'Donnell Show

The Rosie O'Donnell Show

3.93
1996
The Rosie O'Donnell Show was an American daytime television talk show hosted and produced by actress and comedian Rosie O'Donnell. It aired for six seasons from 1996 to 2002. Topics often discussed on...

1994.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
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Intimate Portrait

Intimate Portrait

1994
Intimate Portrait is a biographical television series on the Lifetime Television cable network focusing on different celebrities, which includes interviews with each subject. Among the people profile...
Cabin Boy

Cabin Boy

6.26
1994
A foul-mouthed finishing school graduate mistakenly winds up on an ill-fated fishing boat and faces the wrath of a crew that considers him bad luck.
Serial Mom

Serial Mom

1994
A picture perfect middle class family is shocked that one of their neighbors is making obscene phone calls. The mom takes slights against her family very personally, and it turns out she is the one ha...

1993.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
Late Show with David Letterman

Late Show with David Letterman

6.5
1993
David Letterman is the host of Late Show with David Letterman on CBS. Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants Incorporated, and CBS Television Studios produced the show. The CBS Orchestra is l...
TV
Ricki Lake

Ricki Lake

1993
Ricki Lake is a daytime tabloid talk show hosted by American actress Ricki Lake. The series debuted in syndication on September 13, 1993 and ended first-run episodes on May 21, 2004, though the serie...
Skinner

Skinner

1993
Dennis Skinner rents an apartment in a couple's house. He prowls the streets at night with a bag full of knives looking for victims to skin, followed by a hobbling, wobbling junkie who was cut by him ...
Based on an Untrue Story

Based on an Untrue Story

1993
When she is struck down by anosmia, a rare condition that robs her of her sense of smell, she is about to reveal her new designer scent. With time running out, she begins a frantic search for the only...

1992.

3 Movies
Inside Monkey Zetterland

Inside Monkey Zetterland

1992
An out of work screen writer complains about being too gay and cool in an off beat comedy.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

3.5
1992
Buffy is a typical high school cheerleader. When a strange man tells her she's been chosen by fate to kill Vampires, everything changes.
Where the Day Takes You

Where the Day Takes You

4
1992
A group of teens are in the streets of Los Angeles. Drugs, prostitution, violence, and bureaucratic indifference pose threats to the kids, who prefer this harsh life to going back to their families. K...

1991.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Jenny Jones Show

The Jenny Jones Show

1991
Jenny Jones was the host of The Jenny Jones Show. It was distributed by Warner Bros. Television distribution. The show was filmed in Chicago at WMAQ-TV studios.
The Chase

The Chase

1991
In Denver, a bank robbery leads to the death of a cop and the kidnapping of an old man. He is pursued by the police and a helicopter. It's based on a true story.

1990.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Gravedale High

Gravedale High

1990
Gravedale High is an animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera for NBC Productions. The series premiered in the fall of 1990 on NBC and lasted thirteen episodes. The show was developed as an animated...
Cry-Baby

Cry-Baby

4
1990
A prim and proper schoolgirl goes against her grandmother's wishes when she dates a juvenile delinquent.

1989.

2 Movies
Babycakes

Babycakes

1989
Grace is an overweight mortuary cosmetician who falls in love with Rob, a handsome subway train conductor who doesn't even know she exists. When she finally devises a way to meet him, they discover th...
Cookie

Cookie

1989
Cookie is the illegitimate daughter of a mobster who just finished 13 years in prison. After being released from jail, Dino wants to make up for lost time with his daughter by resolving some old score...

1988.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
China Beach

China Beach

1988
November 1967. There is a country called the U.S. In Danang, Vietnam. Army base, bar and hospital on China Beach filled with wounded soldiers and one very lovely but damaged Army Nurse Colleen McMurph...
TV
LIVE with Kelly and Ryan

LIVE with Kelly and Ryan

1988
A morning talk show with A-list celebrity guests, top-notch performances and one-of-a-kind segments are unparalleled on daytime television.
Hairspray

Hairspray

8
1988
Tracy Turnblad became a regular on the Corny Collins Dance Show. She starts using her fame to speak out for causes she believes in. She earns the ire of the show's former star, Amber Von Tussle, as we...
Working Girl

Working Girl

8.67
1988
An ambitious secretary with a unique approach for climbing the ladder to success is the name of the game. When her boss breaks a leg, she takes over. She creates a deal with an investment banker that ...

1984.

1 TV show
TV
Kate & Allie

Kate & Allie

1984
The show ran from March 19, 1984 to May 22, 1989. The positive response from critics and viewers made CBS commit to a full season of Kate & Allie in the fall of 1984. Sherry Coben created the series.

Unknown Year.

1 TV show
TV
The Idiot Box

The Idiot Box

The Idiot Box is an American sketch comedy television series created by Alex Winter, Tom Stern and Tim Burns, which ran on MTV from 1990-1991. After the success of Bill & Ted, MTV hired Winter, Stern...
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