Ricki Lake: No Longer Tracy Turnblad-Size

Ricki Lake, 40, spoke to People about her drastic weight loss, saying “I can’t believe I was a fat person for most of my life.”

Don’t mince words now, Ricki.

Lake, well-known for her star-making turn as the original Tracey Turnbald in the non-musical version of Hairspray and her infamous talk show which ran from 1993 to 2004, weighed close to 270 pounds during much of her life.

How did the mother of two (sons Milo, 11, and Owen, 6) shed 140 lbs?

“I didn’t have surgery and I worked hard. There’s no secret. I’m active. I watch what I eat,” Lake says.

But she still feels like her new size small frame doesn’t cut it in show business.

“According to Hollywood standards, I’m not a thin girl. I’m a normal girl,” Ricki notes. “I don’t want to perpetuate that obsession but yet I am also guilty of wanting … to lose weight.”

Lake now works on producing and directing documentaries about childbirth (The Business of Being Born in 2007 and a sequel on the way), and is coming out with a guide to pregnancy in May.

Tracy Turnblad no more!

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