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Ricki Lake

Highest Rated:   100% Embrace (2016)
Lowest Rated:   7% Mrs. Winterbourne (1996)
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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
91% Gemini
  • Actor
2017
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
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Actor
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
60% 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
73% Cry-Baby
  • Pepper Walker
1990
18% Cookie
  • Pia
1989
78% Last Exit to Brooklyn
  • Donna
1989
No Score Yet Babycakes
  • Grace
1989
84% 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 The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars
2005
  • Reality cast member
  • Appearing
  • Actor
  • 2011
No Score Yet American Idol
2002-2016
  • Appearing
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2007
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest

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