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Ricki Lake is currently in her eighth season as one of America's most popular and endearing talk show hosts. Her unique brand of edgy, hip talk has helped Ricki Lake to remain among the top nationally syndicated daily talk shows.

A native of Westchester, New York, Lake knew from childhood that she wanted to be in the public eye. While a student at Ithaca College, Lake heard about a local audition for an untitled film. Within two weeks she landed her debut role in John Waters' offbeat hit Hairspray. Following the success of Hairspray, she moved to Los Angeles, where she balanced her time between her film and television projects. Lake has appeared in a variety of Waters films, including Cry Baby, Serial Mom, and most recently, a cameo role in Cecil B. Demented. Other film credits include Mrs. Winterbourne, Working Girl, Cookie, Inside Monkey Zetterland, Where The Day Takes You and Last Exit to Brooklyn.

Lake also received acclaim for her recurring role as Holly Pelagrino in the ABC television series China Beach. Her additional television credits include the CBS Movie of the Week, Baby Cakes. Recently, Lake appeared alongside Teri Hatcher and Regina Taylor in the highly acclaimed off-Broadway production of The Vagina Monologues.

Ricki Lake currently resides in New York with her husband and young son.

Bio courtesy CBS (01-Jan-2000)


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