Ricki Lake

Ricki Lake

  • Highest Rated: 100% Weed the People (2018)
  • Lowest Rated: 7% Mrs. Winterbourne (1996)
  • Birthday: Sep 21, 1968
  • Birthplace: Hastings-on-Hudson, New York
  • Trained at various professional schools for youngsters, actress Ricki Lake completed her education at Ithaca College. While her excessive weight precluded ingenue roles on stage and screen, Lake enjoyed some success as a cabaret singer and off-Broadway performer; she was also a gifted musician, adept at several instruments. Her film career began in 1988 as a member of director John Waters' eccentric stock company. She garnered fine reviews for her work in Waters' Hairspray and the made-for-TV Babycakes (1989) and in the regular role of Red-Cross volunteer Holly Pergerino on the weekly TV series China Beach. Sensing that her poundage was holding her back professionally, Lake lost 115 pounds over a 36-month period. It was a svelte, sexy Ricki Lake who in 1993 launched the popular daily TV talkfest The Ricki Lake Show. In 1996, she returned to the big screen playing a leading role in Mrs. Winterbourne opposite Shirley MacLaine. She continued to appear in Waters' films, like Cecil B. Demented (2000), A Dirty Shame (2004) and the remake of Hairspray (2007). Her talk show ended in 2004; she launched a second, short-lived talk show in 2012.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

100% Weed the People Executive Producer 2018
70% Gemini Vanessa 2018
No Score Yet Weed the People Executive Producer 2018
100% Embrace Actor 2016
No Score Yet The Mama Sherpas Executive Producer 2015
96% I Am Divine Actor $60.5K 2013
No Score Yet Loving Leah Gerry 2009
81% The Business of Being Born Executive Producer Actor Producer 2008
91% Hairspray Talent Agent $118.9M 2007
36% Park Peggy 2006
53% A Dirty Shame Herself $1.3M 2004
53% Cecil B. Demented Libby 2000
No Score Yet Paul McCartney & Friends: The PETA Concert for Party Animals Actor 2000
No Score Yet Jackie's Back Actor 1999
No Score Yet Murder She Purred: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery Actor 1998
7% Mrs. Winterbourne Connie Doyle 1996
63% Serial Mom Misty 1994
46% Cabin Boy Figurehead 1994
No Score Yet Based on an Untrue Story Velour 1993
71% Inside Monkey Zetterland Bella 1993
No Score Yet Skinner Kerry 1993
80% Where the Day Takes You Brenda 1992
35% Buffy the Vampire Slayer Charlotte (uncredited) 1992
No Score Yet The Chase Tammie 1991
No Score Yet The Chase Actor 1990
72% Cry-Baby Pepper Walker 1990
17% Cookie Pia 1989
78% Last Exit to Brooklyn Donna 1989
No Score Yet Babycakes Grace 1989
83% Working Girl Bridesmaid 1988
98% Hairspray Tracy Turnblad 1988
No Score Yet Starlight: A Musical Movie Actor 1988

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Drop the Mic
2017
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Host
  • 2018
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show
2008
Guest
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
2007-2014
Guest
  • 2012
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars
2005
Appearing Reality cast member
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2011
72% American Idol
2002-2016
Appearing
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2007
No Score Yet King of the Hill
1997-2010
Voice
  • 2006
No Score Yet The King of Queens
1998-2007
Stephanie Stephanie Heffernan
  • 2001
  • 2000
83% The Critic
1994-1995
Voice
  • 1995
  • 1994
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
40% Rick Moranis in Gravedale High
1990
Voice

QUOTES FROM Ricki Lake CHARACTERS

Tracy Turnblad
I'm a bad, bad girl who needs to be punished.