Ricki Pamela Lake is an American actress, producer, and television host
She is best known for her starring role as Tracy Turnblad in the original Hairspray
Lake is now on a second syndicated talk show endeavor airing on weekdays.
Lake also starred in films including Cry-Baby (with Johnny Depp and Susan Tyrell), Cecil B. Demented (with Melanie Griffith and Stephen Dorff), and Serial Mom (with Kathleen Turner and Sam Waterston).
Ricki Lake was Lake's first daytime talk show. The wildly successful show specialized in topics involving invited guests and incorporated questions and comments from a studio audience
After her talk show had wrapped production on its final season, Lake went on to host the 2006 CBS limited series Gameshow Marathon, which re-created classic game shows with celebrity contestants
The Business of Being Born, Lake's documentary about home birth and midwifery, was released in limited markets on January 18, 2008
Lake also jointly wrote a book on the world of natural childbirth and birthing options, along with Abby Epstein and Jacques Moritz, Your Best Birth, which was published by Wellness Central on May 1, 2009
Lake returned to television on May 11, 2009, succeeding Sharon Osbourne as host for the third season of VH1's Charm School
Lake married illustrator/bartender Rob Sussman in Las Vegas in March 1994. They have two sons