Ricki Pamela Lake (born September 21, 1968, in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York) is an American actress and television presenter. She was the voice of Cleofatra on Rick Moranis in Gravedale High.
Ricki Lake was born in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, as a blonde. She has a younger sister named Jennifer. Her father, Barry, is a pharmacist, and her mother, Jill, is a homemaker. Ricki attended Hastings Elementary as a child, went on to Farragut Middle School, and then attended Hastings High for two years.
At the end of her sophomore year, Lake transferred to the Professional Children's School in New York to focus on perfecting her craft as an actress. Also, she began singing professionally at the age of 9 in cabarets and clubs. After finishing high school, she attended Ithaca College for one year. During final exams in her freshman year, she received a call from her agent, telling her to audition for the lead in a John Waters film. Unsurprisingly, she landed the role as Tracy Turnblad. Thus, Hairspray (1988) marked Ricki Lake's movie debut. She then went on to act in 15 more movies and had a recurring role in ABC's China Beach (1988) for one season.
At one point in her life, Lake hit rock-bottom. Then, she decided to take charge of her life and make a dramatic change. She began eating right and exercising, and soon lost over 125 pounds. In 1993, she was chosen out of 100 people to host her own daytime talk show. After only three years, Ricki Lake (1992) became rated second in its time frame. Also, in 1993, she met the man of her dreams. At a Halloween party, she locked eyes with Rob Sussman, a political illustrator, who was to become her husband. It was love at first sight, on both sides. Lake and Sussman married in Las Vegas in March 1994 but divorced in November 2004.
In 2006, Lake was the host of the Gameshow Marathon on CBS. She has been married to her second husband, Christian Evans, since April 2012.