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Lake at The Business of Being Born premiere in 2007.
Ricki Pamela Lake

(1968-09-21) September 21, 1968 (age 53)
Occupation Actress, television host, producer
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Rob Sussman (1994–2003) (divorced/annulled)
Christian Evans (2012-present)

Ricki Pamela Lake (born September 21, 1968) is an American actress, producer, and television host. She hosted her own talk show, named Ricki Lake from 1993 until 2004. Lake played Tracy Turnblad in the 1988 movie Hairspray. During the 1990s she starred in many movies. These included Serial Mom and Mrs. Winterbourne. She recently hosted another talk show named The Ricki Lake Show which began in 2012.

Early life

Lake was born to secular, Jewish parents, Barry who is a pharmacist and Jill who is a housewife. Lake went to Ithaca College and Professional Children's School.

After her first talk show

Lake hosted Gameshow Marathon on CBS in 2006.

In September 2011, Lake competed in Dancing with the Stars with Derek Hough. She got third place. She lost to Rob Kardashian and J. R. Martinez, respectively.

Personal life

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Lake in 2007

Lake married Rob Sussman on March 1994. They have two sons, Milo Sebastian Sussman born March 22, 1997 and Owen Tyler Sussman born June 18, 2001. They separated in August 2003. Lake and Sussman divorced in 2005. She started dating Christian Evans in 2009. They were engaged in August 2011. Lake and Evans married on April 8, 2012.


Year Movies Role Notes
1988 Hairspray Tracy Turnblad
1988 The In Crowd Dancer
1988 Working Girl Bridesmaid Not credited
1989 Cookie Pia
1989 Baby Cakes Grace
1989 Last Exit to Brooklyn Donna
1990 Cry-Baby Pepper Walker
1992 Where the Day Takes You Brenda
1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Charlotte Not credited
1992 Inside Monkey Zetterland Bella the Stalker
1993 Skinner Kerry Tate
1994 Cabin Boy Figurehead
1994 Serial Mom Misty Sutphin
1996 Mrs. Winterbourne Connie Doyle/Patricia Winterbourne
2000 Cecil B. Demented Libby
2004 A Dirty Shame Herself Cameo appearance
2006 Park Peggy
2007 Hairspray Talent agent
2008 The Business of Being Born Executive producer


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Kate & Allie Teri 1 episode
1988 ABC Afterschool Specials Carmen 1 episode
1989 Baby Cakes Grace Television movie
1989-1990 China Beach Holly Pelegrino 13 episodes
1990 Gravedale High Cleofatra (Voice) Not known episodes
1991 The Chase Tammie Television movie
1992 Based on a Untrue Story Velour Television movie
1993-2004 Ricki Lake Host First syndicated talk show
1998 Murder She Purred: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen Television movie
2000-2001 The King Of Queens Stephanie Heffernan 6 episodes
2004 Higglytown Heroes Carpenter Hero 1 episode
2006 King of the Hill Lila (voice) 1 episode
2007 Matters of Life and Dating Linda Television movie
Executive producer
2009 Loving Leah Rabbi Gerry Television movie
Co-executive producer
2009 Charm School with Ricki Lake Head-mistress 10 episodes
2010 Drop Dead Diva Susan Semler 1 episode
2010 The Oprah Winfrey Show Herself Guest, "Talk Show Reunion"
2011 Dancing with the Stars Herself/Contestant Season 13/Third Place
2012 The Ricki Lake Show Host Second syndicated talk show


Year Award Result Category Film or series
1994 Daytime Emmy Awards Nominated Outstanding Talk Show Host Ricki Lake
1989 Independent Spirit Award Best Female Lead Hairspray

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  • Hairspray
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