Ricki Lake

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Ricki Lake was born in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, surprisingly as a blond. She has one sister, who is one year younger than she, named Jennifer. Her father, Barry, is a pharmacist, and her mother, Jill, is a homemaker. The two currently reside in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ricki attended Hastings Elementary as a child, went on to Farragut Middle, and ... See full bio »

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Serial Mom Misty
Hairspray Tracy Turnblad
Cry-Baby Pepper Walker
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 2022 Moon Manor
Ricki Lake
 2021 Under the Christmas Tree (TV Movie)
 2017/II Gemini
 2016 Hairspray Live! (TV Movie)
 2016 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (TV Series)
Dream Ghost #1
- Josh Has No Idea Where I Am! (2016) ... Dream Ghost #1
 2010 Drop Dead Diva (TV Series)
Susan Semler
- Back from the Dead (2010) ... Susan Semler
 2009 Loving Leah (TV Movie)
Rabbi Gerry
 2007 The Middle (TV Movie)
Frankie Heck
 2007 Matters of Life & Dating (TV Movie)
Linda Dackman
 2007 Hairspray
Talent Agent
 2006 Park
 2006 King of the Hill (TV Series)
- Hank's Bully (2006) ... Lila (voice)
 2004 Higglytown Heroes (TV Series)
Carpenter Hero
 2000-2001 The King of Queens (TV Series)
Stephanie Heffernan
- Departure Time (2001) ... Stephanie Heffernan
- Paint Misbehavin' (2001) ... Stephanie Heffernan
- Hi-Def Jam (2001) ... Stephanie Heffernan
- Better Camera (2000) ... Stephanie Heffernan
- Strike Too (2000) ... Stephanie Heffernan
 2000 Cecil B. Demented
 1999 Jackie's Back! (TV Movie)
Ricki Lake
 1998 The Wonderful World of Disney (TV Series)
Mary Minor 'Harry' Haristeen
- Murder She Purred: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery (1998) ... Mary Minor 'Harry' Haristeen
 1996 Mrs. Winterbourne
Connie Doyle
 1995 The Critic (TV Series)
Ricki Lake
- Lady Hawke (1995) ... Ricki Lake (voice)
 1994 Serial Mom
 1994 Cabin Boy
 1993 Skinner
Kerry Tate
 1993 Based on an Untrue Story (TV Movie)
 1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Charlotte (uncredited)
 1992 Inside Monkey Zetterland
Bella the Stalker
 1992 Where the Day Takes You
 1991 The Idiot Box (TV Series)
- Episode #1.4 ... Daughter
- Episode #1.3 ... Daughter
 1991 Riders in the Sky (TV Series)
Broadway Baby
- Horsenapped (1991) ... Broadway Baby
 1991 The Chase (TV Movie)
 1990 Gravedale High (TV Series)
- Monster on Trial (1990) ... Cleofatra (voice)
- Goodbye Gravedale (1990) ... Cleofatra (voice)
- Night of the Living Dad (1990) ... Cleofatra (voice)
- Save Our School (1990) ... Cleofatra (voice)
- Frankenjockey (1990) ... Cleofatra (voice)
 1989-1990 China Beach (TV Series)
Holly Pelegrino
- Strange Brew (1990) ... Holly Pelegrino (uncredited)
- Phoenix (1990) ... Holly Pelegrino
- Skylark (1990) ... Holly Pelegrino
- A Rumor of Peace (1990) ... Holly Pelegrino
- Holly's Choice (1990) ... Holly Pelegrino
 1990 Cry-Baby
Pepper Walker
 1989 Starting Now (TV Movie)
Ricki Ross
 1989 Last Exit to Brooklyn
 1989 Cookie
 1989 Babycakes (TV Movie)
 1988 Working Girl
 1988 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
- A Family Again (1988) ... Carmen
 1988 Hairspray
Tracy Turnblad
 1988 The in Crowd
Dancer (uncredited)
 1987 Kate & Allie (TV Series)
- Send Me No Flowers (1987) ... Teri
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Music video for The Muppets' "She Drives Me Crazy"

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Jennifer (sibling)

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I want (my children) to be in touch with the real world and to be able to see themselves as just two of the billions of people on this planet. There's a lot of charity work that we do as a family. This year they went to Malawi to build a house for a family that needed a home. Volunteer work is incredible for kids who are growing up rather privileged and need to really get a sense of the world, ... See more »


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