Marissa Jaret Winokur - Rotten Tomatoes

Marissa Jaret Winokur

Highest Rated:   88% American Beauty (1999)
Lowest Rated:   53% Scary Movie (2000)
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Birthplace:   New York, USA
Singer/dancer/actress Marissa Jaret Winokur achieved celebrity on the basis of her stage work, by originating the role of Tracy Turnblad in the Broadway production of the musical Hairspray (based, in turn, on the 1988 John Waters film of the same title). The daughter of an architect, raised with three siblings in Bedford Village, NY, Winokur first revealed a passion for entertaining when she caught a Connecticut regional production of Meet Me in St. Louis at age eight, subsequently memorized the entire show, and later declared Ethel Merman as one of her chief role models. After attending Bedford Village's Fox Lane High School, Winokur attended Manhattan's prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy, then joined the touring company of Grease (performing as Pink Lady Jan). Scattered bit parts in movies followed, including Never Been Kissed (1999), American Beauty (1999), and Scary Movie (2000); Hairspray, however, represented Winokur's big breakthrough when it premiered in the late summer of 2002. She starred in that production opposite Harvey Fierstein, Laura Bell Bundy, and others, and it paved the way for an eminent acting career.Winokur followed this with an upsurge in television activity -- first with a part as a coffee-counter employee on the short-lived Pamela Anderson sitcom Stacked (2005-2006), then as a contestant on season six of the reality series Dancing With the Stars (where Winokur danced with partner Tony Dovolani). She became the host of Dance Your Ass Off, and a member of The Talk, a daytime series modeled on The View.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Muffin Top: A Love Story
  • Elise
2014
65% Fever Pitch
  • Sarah
2005
No Score Yet Sleep Easy, Hutch Rimes
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Beautiful Girl
  • Becca Wasserman
2003
No Score Yet On Edge
  • Wendy Wodinski
2002
No Score Yet Now You Know
  • Lea's Friend
2002
No Score Yet On the Edge
  • Wanda
2001
53% Scary Movie
  • Garage Victim
2000
88% American Beauty
  • Actor
1999
57% Never Been Kissed
  • Sheila
1999

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
7% Guys with Kids
2012-2013
  • Lydia Allendinger
No Score Yet Melissa & Joey
2010-2015
  • Theresa
88% Playing House
2014-2015
  • Candy
No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars
2005
  • Actor
  • Reality cast member
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Cleveland Show
2009-2013
  • Voice
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Host
  • Guest
  • Host
  • Appearing
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Principal Dawn Meadows
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
2010-2015
  • Actor
76% Scream Queens
2015
  • Shelly
RuPaul's Drag Race
2009
  • Judge

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