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Ricki Lake is one of the celebrity contestants on Season 13 of ABC's ballroom competition series "Dancing with the Stars." She is paired with three-time champ Derek Hough, who returns for his 8th season. She was also recently the host of VH1's reality competition series "Charm School with Ricki Lake."

Poised to return to daytime television with an all-new talk show in the fall of 2012, Ricki Lake is a pop culture icon who has built a career on her candid, "straight talk" sensibility and her authentic, relatable nature. She has maintained a worldwide fan base that is a true cross-section of age and ethnicity, and her approachable appeal has charmed international movie and television audiences for more than two decades.

As Tracy Turnblad, the zaftig heroine of the original John Waters' film "Hairspray," Ricki made an acting debut that positioned her as an "entertainer to watch" in Hollywood. Later, with a surprise turn as a talk show host, she met with unprecedented success and earned her place as a beloved media personality across the globe.

Ricki recently completed work on a memoir due on shelves in the spring of 2012. She also executive produced the critically acclaimed documentary "The Business of Being Born," which debuted at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and examined natural childbirth in the United States. That project has generated a grassroots movement and led to the publication of her first book, Your Best Birth.

On November 8, 2011, Ricki and her filmmaking partner, Abby Epstein, will release a four-part, follow-up DVD series, "More Business of Being Born," offering invaluable information and featuring birth stories from some of Hollywood's most notable celebrities.

Ricki starred in John Waters' "Cry-Baby," opposite Johnny Depp, and "Serial Mom," alongside Kathleen Turner. Other notable appearances include the contemporary classic "Working Girl," the acclaimed drama "Last Exit to Brooklyn," the romantic comedy "Mrs. Winterbourne," opposite Shirley MacLaine and Brendan Fraser, and "Where the Day Takes You," opposite Dermot Mulroney. She also starred in the CBS film "Babycakes" and the popular television series "China Beach" and "The King of Queens."


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Age: 48 years old
Birthday: September 21, 1968
Height: 5' 4"
Full Name / Real Name: Ricki Pamela Lake
Birthplace: Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
Husband: Rob Sussman (3/26/1994 - 11/10/2004, divorced, 2 children)

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