Ricki Lake was born September 21, 1968, in Hastings, New York. She is an actress and television host who is best known for starring as Tracy Turnblad in the original Hairspray movie in 1988 and for hosting her own talk show, The Ricki Lake Show, from 1993 to 2004. After Hairspray, she appeared in such films as Cecil B. DeMented, Cry-Baby and Serial Mom. She also had cameos in the 2007 remake of Hairspray and on the television show Drop Dead Diva. Before 2007, she was known for her plus-sized figure and her weight-loss struggles, but later went on to lose about 140 pounds, dropping from 260 to 120. From 1993 to 2003, Ricki was married to Rob Sussman, with whom she has two children.
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